Tomatin states that it is a Highland malt but is actually a Speysider. For a whisky rarely seen on the UK shelves, it may surprise people to learn that Tomatin is actually one of the largest distilleries in Scotland in terms of capacity (5 million litres) although this is less than half what it was in the late 70s (12 million litres) when it possessed an impressive 23 stills. This relative anonymity is a pity as it is a superb example of the highland style. Tomatin is apparently the favourite tipple of Stephen Fry, and, as a man of exceptional taste and sophistication, who are we to argue. Oh, and it is pronounced to rhyme with satin.
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: A definite but restrained sherry influence. Shortbread. Light peat. Baked apple and sultanas. Cooling menthol. A nip of oak.
Palate: Spicy at first, then drying and nutty. Malty, salty and minty
Finish: Sweet, rounded and robust with increasing spice and a light peatiness. Lemon skins. A lovely vanilla finish to complement the spices.
Retails for around £30-40