Tomatin 30 Year
Tomatin // Highlands, Scotland
Founded in the late 19th century, Tomatin used to be one of the largest distilleries in Scotland, and remains nowadays a large one, with nothing less than 12 stills in operation. Although most of the production is sold for blending, there is a core range of single malt produced there, along with limited editions. This 30 year old whisky is one of the limited editions, with only 2,000 bottles released in 2011. It was entirely aged in refill American oak.
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
"Nose this whisky for a time and you will feel like you are just starting your breakfast, with toasted bread and melted salted butter. What follows is more citrus, but the barley is still dominant. In mouth, the body is lighter than expected. There are dried fruits in there, but this whisky is more of a dry austere dram in the beginning. Something to note is that it does develop after a time, with more lemon, mandarins and dry orange peels coming through. A touch of vanilla balances the dryness of the whisky. This is not a whisky to drink as a shot, but rather to sip slowly to get see the development that occurs over time in the glass. "