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Tomatin Scotch Whisky Production Details
Malt used in Production – Optic
Production capacity – 5 Million litres of Alcohol (2 million produced in 2006/2007)
18 Mashes per week
One single mash at Tomatin uses 7.92 tons of malt which produces around 40,000 litres of wort for fermentation. The wort in turn produces approximately 3250 litres of alcohol.
Oil fired boiler produces steam which heats the pot stills
This first distillation takes approximately 6 hours
The second distillation 8 hours
14 Warehouses in operation
Tomatin Scotch Whisky Distillery History
The Tomatin Distillery was established by the Tomatin Spey District Distillery Co Ltd. Located about 13 miles south-east of Inverness at an elevation of 1028 feet it is one of the highest distilleries in Scotland. The distillery draws its water from Allt-na-Frithe burn. Tomatin is Gaelic for "the hill of the juniper bushes".
As a result of the downturn in the whisky market at the start of the 1900’s The Tomatin distillery went into liquidation in 1906. However was restarted in 1909 as the New Tomatin Distillers Co
The distillery was successful in the post war period and underwent a twenty year expansion program starting in 1956 the number of stills were doubled to 4 then to 6 in 1958, a further 4 were added in 1961 and then a single still in 1964 making 11. Ten years later 12 more stills were added bringing the total to 23
At the time this made Tomatin the largest malt distillery in Scotland, with production as high as 5 million gallons per annum. (More than 12 million litres of alcohol)
Due to the decline in the whisky market during the early 1980’s The Company went into receivership, however in 1986 the distillery was bought by the Japanese firms of Takara Schuzo and Okura, thus becoming the first Scotch whisky distillery to be wholly owned by a Japanese company.
1995 saw the acquisition of J & W Hardie Ltd and the Antiquary brand from United Distillers. Today J & W Hardie acts as the brand export company for Tomatin, dealing with the production, logistics, sales and marketing of the branded bottled goods. J & W Hardie is also the owner of the Talisman Finest Blended Scotch Whisky Brand.
The malt whisky produced mostly goes for blending some exported in bulk.. The whisky is used in The Antiquary, Talisman, Big T Blends
Tomatin Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottlings
Tomatin 12 Year Old
Tomatin 14 Year Old
Tomatin 18 Year Old
Tomatin 1988 Batch Release
Cù Bòcan Peated
Cù Bòcan 1989
Tomatin 15 Year Old
Tomatin 40 Year Old
Tomatin 21 Year Old
Tomatin Single Malt Scotch Whisky Older Discontinued Distillery Bottlings
Tomatin 10 Year Old
Tomatin 25 Year Old
Tomatin 30 Year Old
Tomatin 1970 Individual Cask Bottling
Tomatin Vintages 1962, 1974
Tomatin 12 year old Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky 40% abv Tasting Notes
Aroma - A complex bouquet contains rich malt and fruity aromas.
Palate - The palate is rewarded with a unique combination of attractive flavours – a balance of stewed apples, pears, malt , with a gentle hint of nuttiness.
Finish – Smooth , sweet and very satisfying.
Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2009 Edition rated 85.5 / 100
Tomatin Independent Bottlings
Cask Strength (Duncan Taylor)
Celtic Heartlands (Jim McEwean)
Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
Duncan Taylor Collection
Norse Cask (Denmark)
Northern Light (Denmark)
Old & Rare (Douglas Laing)
Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
Peerless (Duncan Taylor)
Private Cellar's (Scotts)
Single Malt Circle (Germany)
Spirit Safe (Celtic Whisky Co)
Un-Chill Filtered (Signatory).
Whisky Dorris (Germany)
Whisky Fair (Germany)
Tomatin Distillery Blends
Antiquary Blended Scotch Whisky-Finest- 12 and 21 year old
Talisman Blended Scotch Whisky
This the distillery house blend – a first class combination of whiskies with a high proportion of Tomatin malts in the mix. Definitely a superior blend which surprises; there are complex and smooth aromas with subtle peaty and savoury overtones, and the grain marries well with the malt. If you like your blend to be smooth but with a bit of bite to it – this is the one for you
Grand Alistair, Legendary Scot, Ancient Clan and Big T Blended Scotch Whisky are also produced at the Tomatin Distillery.
Tomatin Distillery, Tomatin,
Inverness-shire IV13 7YT
Tel: +44 (0)1808 511444
Please Call the distillery to confirm before travelling
Tomatin Distillery Visitor Centre Information Contact +44 (0)1808 511444
All Year Mon-Fri 9.00am-4.30pm (Last tour 3:30pm)
Tomatin Scotch Whisky
Distillery Style Tasting Notes
Nose: Rich and malty. Honey, vanilla, Kendal mintcake!
Palate: Smooth and rich. Malty, spicy, cream fudge.
Finish: Gentle and spicy.
Founded in 1897by the Tomatin Spey District Distillery Co Ltd.
Location Speyside region, western district Tomatin.
Water source Allt- na-Frithe (meaning Free burn).
Tomatin Distilling Equipment.
Semi-Lauter mash tun
12 Stainless steel washbacks
6 Wash stills 6 spirit stills with boil balls in their necks
Matured in American oak bourbon casks with some sherry butts.
Own cooperage on site to maintain the barrels