Tomatin Cù Bòcan
Tomatin // Highlands, Scotland
Cù Bòcan is named for the ghost of a Scottish hound who has been known to spook residents of the village of Tomatin for centuries. There are many stories about the beast, but one in particular sites an incident where he appeared before a distillery worker with steam flaring from his nostrils. Despite the frightening sight of the hellhound, the worker for some unbeknownst reason reached out to pet its black fur, only to see it dissolve before his eyes into a fine mist over the peaty moor. To match the fiery legend, this Scotch is lightly peated and is also aged in a combination of virgin oak, bourbon and sherry casks. It is also non chill filtered.
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 Typeex-bourbon, ex-sherry, virgin oak
"This is a very spicy style of Scotch, almost like a rye, perhaps because of the use of virgin oak and bourbon casks, but it could also be a bit young. The sherry influence comes out in the blood orange (both fruit and peel) flavors mixed with roasted almonds. The peatiness (15 ppm) is very hard to detect. If it weren't labeled as such would miss it almost entirely as a puff of flavor at the very end. The flavors work well together, though, and it's a pleasant sip, though burns a bit hot in the finish, like the trail of the hellhound itself, one would suppose. Would definitely make the perfect Halloween whisky given the legend, though somewhat pricy."