Cù Bòcan 2005 Vintage Limited Edition – 50% abv
Info: Bottled at 50% abv, this whisky is stronger than its core range counterpart, and is matured in ex-Bourbon and Sherry casks. 11,400 bottles, limited edition. Over 11 years old.
Colour: Sprightly and golden.
Nose: Very light smoke here, the dominant nose being a heady mix american and european oaks, of bourbon and sherry. There’s a slight farm nose, followed by cream & mushed autumn fruits, and dying fire embers.
Palate: At 50% this is still surprisingly easy on your palate, although the higher abv and the use of european oak help to give a nice drop of spices along with the other mushed fruit notes.
Finish: The finish is creamy, and long, with just a mere hint of the peaty puffs left hanging around. Lots of flavours to explore.
In August, Tomatin Distillery launched a trio of special edition bottlings including a 14 year old Cabernet Sauvignon, 9 year old Caribbean Rum and 21 year old Oloroso Sherry single malt.
Let’s look at their individual information, and my review of them all…
TOMATIN DISTILLERY UNLEASHES NEW LIMITED
EDITION SINGLE MALT
Highland based Tomatin Distillery have announced the launch of a rare Vintage 1988 single malt as part of their Cù Bòcan range. The casks used to mature the spirit were home to a popular heavily peated Islay whisky in their past lives to create a unique limited edition. Just 2200 bottles of the malt, which have been aged for 28 years in sherry casks, are available.
Bottled at a cask strength of 51.5% abv, the whisky is described as having an aroma of campfire smoke and stewed pears with flavours of candied tropical fruits and an earthy peaty tang.
The Cù Bòcan brand is named after a mythical Highland hellhound which was rumoured to haunt the village of Tomatin and was launched in 2013 as a lightly peated alternative to the traditional fruity flavours of Tomatin single malt. This latest release follows previous limited editions including the 1989 vintage in 2014, along with the Virgin Oak, Sherry and Bourbon expressions in 2015.
The Antiquary – Blended Scotch Whisky – 40% abv
Info: This is the entry level expression from the Antiquary blended Scotch whisky range, owned by the Tomatin distillery after their acquisition of J. W. Hardie in 1997.
Colour: Orangey golden.
Nose: Much more interesting than I imagined it might be, there’s a peatiness to it along with younger oak notes and lemon drop sweets. The best flavours dissipate fairly quickly in the air leaving mossy malt.
Palate: Very easy and velvet smooth although not hugely thick. It’s nicely balanced sweetness comes through along with smoky puffs.
Finish: Slight bonfire notes stick around with sweetness to give your chest a little warming hug, very pleasant indeed. At the end there’s some younger notes coming out which belies it’s price point.
Tomatin Contrast – 46% abv
Info: See the info here, however in short Tomatin have released a set of two 35cl bottles, one fully bourbon matured, and one fully sherry matured. They contain exactly the same make up of whisky so that you can compare how the maturation in different casks has affected things. Great geeky idea! It’s a NAS whisky, but they clearly state the makeup of the years in the malt blend, another thing which I love about this whisky, I wish more NAS releases from other brands would follow suit.
Tomatin have released a limited edition pack of Tomatin Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky called Contrast – a unique comparison of fully matured Bourbon and Sherry whiskies from Tomatin Distillery.
In each pack, there are two 350ml bottles each containing a vatting of casks from 1973, 1977, 1988, 1991, 2002 and 2006, with one of the vattings being from Ex-Bourbon casks and the other from Ex-Sherry casks. Bottled at 46%, both whiskies are non-chill filtered and natural colour, and display greatly contrasting colours and flavours.
36 Year Old small batch Tomatin released
The Tomatin Distillery Co Ltd has announced an addition to its range of Tomatin Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky – a 36 year old small batch release – which will be available in all markets later this month.
A NEW CHAPTER FOR THE ANTIQUARY
The Tomatin Distillery Co Ltd has given its premium blended Scotch Whisky brand, The Antiquary, a new look in a move to give it a new lease of life, while still retaining the history and provenance of one of the oldest Scotch Whisky brands in the market.
The iconic diamond cut bottle remains, however it is in a taller, sleeker, and more sophisticated form. Pocket Rocket Creative has designed new labels and secondary packaging to highlight the unique shape of the bottle which, aside from the high content of malt whiskies inside, is arguably one of the brand’s biggest selling points.
Tomatin Cask Strength Edition – NAS – 57.5% abv
Info: Matured in a combination of Bourbon and Oloroso Sherry Casks, this is a permanent edition to Tomatin’s range. More info on SWB here.
Colour: Fully ripened straw to light gold.
Nose: Toffee pennies (toffee sweets) with light malt notes and a puff of cask char. Slightly spicy with a bit of a bite from the high alcohol. Some classic Tomatin notes, but all turned up a notch.
Palate: Toffee malt hits your palate straight away, followed by slightly hot spirit because of the high abv, it’s spicy but sweet with some good oak notes and some sherry fruits and nuts. You soon become fairly accustomed to the strength which leaves you with fairly thick oils on your tongue.
Tomatin have announced a new addition to the Tomatin Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky core range – The Cask Strength Edition. Matured in a combination of Bourbon and Oloroso Sherry Casks and bottled at 57.5%, this addition to the range showcases the true Tomatin style in its most natural state.
“This whisky is the first Cask Strength expression to be added to the Tomatin Highland Single Malt Scotch
Whisky core range, allowing us to showcase the true Tomatin style in its most natural state – natural colour,
no chill filtration, full strength. Batch 1 was released in February 2015 at 57.5%. A marriage of full maturation
Bourbon and Oloroso Sherry casks, it is spicy, sweet and smooth and an excellent addition to the range.”