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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

Tomatin Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside Distillery Information

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 Legacy

Tomatin 12 Year Old

Tomatin 14 Year Old

Tomatin 18 Year Old

Tomatin 1988 Batch Release

Cù Bòcan Peated


Limited Editions

Cù Bòcan 1989

Tomatin 1992

Tomatin 15 Year Old

Tomatin 40 Year Old

Tomatin 1980

Tomatin 1990

Tomatin 1982

Tomatin 1973

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

Hart Brothers

James MacArtur

Mackillops Choice

Norse Cask (Denmark)

Northern Light (Denmark)

Old & Rare (Douglas Laing)

Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Peerless (Duncan Taylor)

Private Cellar's (Scotts)

Scoots Selection

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.

Tomatin Whisky Review Tomatin Whisky Review

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