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Tomatin 21 Year Old

Tomatin 21 Year Old


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OTHER - Nose
Woody. Earthy. Like walking in a forest on a damp and dricht day. A touch of mushroom. Difficult to go behind the wood screen. Touch of dry fruit. Apricot. Gets more lively when aerated. Sour cider apples.
A very short sweet start then a full blast of bitterness. Wood rules the palate. Tastes old, too old…
Crisp, dry, bitter.
The cask has left a dour print on this whisky. Too grumpy for me.

Martine Nouet - Whisky Magazine Issue 87 Nose
Mossy and damp. Like opening a dunnage warehouse. Sharp fruit, like pickled apricot and peach.
Sweetness opens then the wood follows. That spiced peach element finishes off the gentle assault.
Short and sweet.
A little bitter and nearly balanced. Still a warming dram.

Rob Allanson - Whisky Magazine Issue 87

The Producer

Tomatin Distillery Speyside

Tomatin Distillery Speyside

Tomatin Distillery (pronounced Tom-at-in) means `Hill of the Juniper' in the Gaelic language. As a distilling site, illicit or otherwise, Tomatin goes back to the 15th Century when drovers - men who `drove' their cattle to market over high mountain passes - would fill up their whisky flasks from a still alongside the Old Laird's House. It was built on the site in 1897 by the Tomatin Spey District Distillery Co.

Its heydays were from 1950s to 1974 that witnessed  a steep increase in its production to almost 12 million litres a year,  which made Tomatin the largest Scotch whisky distillery in the world in terms of capacity  at the time.

The distillery was acquired by a Japanese venture in 1986, that established the current Tomatin Distillery Company Limited, and launched the modern era of whisky distilling in the Monadhliath Mountains.

The whisky is subtle and quite flavoursome. Stylistically it sits mid-way between  light, Highland single malts and other richer, lushier Speyside malts.

The Region

Speyside Whisky

To some Speyside represents the jewel in whisky’s crown. Speyside is the home of legal whisky production and it’s best known examples. Around the world Glenlivet, Macallan, Glenfiddich, Glenrothes and Glenfarclas typify all that whisky, at it’s best has to offer. At it’s heart running from the Monadhliath mountains north to the sea, is the River Spey. It is the fastest flowing river in Britain, and also well known for its salmon fishing.

Speyside is the principal whisky-producing region: Speyside has within it some forty-six operating distilleries - over half the total number in the entire Scotland.

Speysides are essentially sweet whiskies. They have little peaty character They are typically highly perfumed, feminine and elegant.

The classical nature of Speyside’s malts means that a number of the finest malts are used almost exclusively for blending. It is the top Speysider’s that give good blends their ‘Top Dressing’. 

Malts such as Mortlach, Glen Elgin, Strathmill and Benrinnes are rarely found as distillery bottlings, however when individual casks are tracked down by independent bottlers such as our Own Selection Single Malt Whiskies the resultant whisky can be quite wonderful.

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