Tomatin 18 Year
Tomatin // Highlands, Scotland
This distillery has 12 working stills and produces five million liters annually making it one of the largest single malt producers in Scotland. Back in the 1950's, however, they had expanded to a whopping 23 stills and by the 1970's produced twelve million liters per year which is more than current day leading producer Glenfiddich and their ten million liters. Enough trivia and onto the 18 year bottling; this is matured in refill American oak barrels for 18 years and then placed in Oloroso sherry casks for a time prior to bottling.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
Cask Typerefill American oak, ex-Oloroso Sherry
"The nose is a bit muted at first, but you do pick up the floral and mossy notes. The sherry notes are present as well, but really come through on the palate and on second nosing. There is a smoky and spiced quality to the whisky, but the lingering dried fruits help to balance things out at the end. Bonus points for good value to cost ratio. "