Friday, March 3, 2017

Tasting: Chapter 7. Tomatin 1994 - From a single cask - 21 yrs

Chapter 7.
Tomatin 1994 – From a single Cask – 21 yrs

Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
Non Chill-Filtered/No added colouring

Distillery: Tomatin
Bottler: Chapter 7
Region: Highland
Age: 21 Years Old
Proof/ABV: 53,4%
Distilled: 1994
Dk price: $157USD/1100Dkk.  
Release: Limited 259 bottles release
Cask: Bourbon

Points: 82/100

Rumor has it, that the site where Tomatin lays, has been used to produce whisky since the 16th century. The Tomatin distillery itself, or Tomatin Spey Distillery Co Ltd. as it was named by its founders; John MacDougall, John MacLeish and Alexander Allan, was established in 1897, but only nine short years after it was established, in 1906 to be exact, it went bankrupt. New investors bought Tomatin Spey Distillery Co Ltd in 1909, and for half a century the distillery lived a rater quite life. Apparently so quite, that not even the good folks over at Tomatin bother to write about that period of time. In 1956 Tomatin awoke from its hibernation, and build itself up, becoming Scotland’s largest distillery in 1974.
Over a period of 18 year, the numbers of stills was increased from 2 to 23 operating stills, annually producing 12 million litres of alcohol.

In 1986 Takara Shuzo Co. and Okara & Co. bought Tomatin, and became the first Japanese owners of a Scottish Whisky Distillery. In 1998 Takara Shuzo bought Okara’s shares, and took control over Tomatin. Takara remains the owner of Tomatin today.

Since Takara Shuzo and Okara took over Tomatin, a numbers of stills have been dismantled, bringing Tomatin’s capacity down to 5 million litres.

Tomatin’s current core range consists of a 12, 14, 18 and a 36 years old, the 1988 vintage and the NAS Legacy and Cask Strength edition. 

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A salty wave rises from the glass, followed by some sweet fruity notes of mango, pineapple and citrus.

Mouth coating and oily rich. The fruity notes have vanished into thin air, and a lot of different bakery spices have taken over the show. We have cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, a hint of anise, and black pepper that lingers through the medium finish. 

Medium black peppery finish.

Overall impression:
I’m not super impressed by this Tomatin, and I find it a bit uninspiring. It’s like the palate is trying to find its better half, to keep it balance in that bakery spicy swamp it is sinking in.   

Review by: Hasse Berg

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