Tomatin have announced a new limited edition Cù Bòcan release – The Virgin Oak Edition – the second release in the trilogy showcasing the influence of each cask type which makes up Cù Bòcan; Sherry, Virgin Oak and Bourbon.
“This exclusive limited edition showcases the influence that Virgin Oak has on our lightly peated single malt. Clean and zingy with hints of smoke and warm spice, this fully matured Virgin Oak limited edition will not disappoint!”
Cù Bòcan Sherry Edition – 46%
Info: Fully matured in first fill Sherry butts. 6000 bottles. Non chill filtered, 15PPM. The first of three limited editions, the other two releases will be Virgin Oak and Bourbon casks.
Colour: Beautiful bright gold. Thick legs on the glass.
Nose: That Tomatin character is here, but it’s got light smoky puffs to it backed up by rich fruity tones with some spices and nuts thrown in.
Tomatin’s sherried Cuatro Series
(Quick reviews below…)
The Tomatin Cuatro Series presents four unique limited edition expressions of Tomatin Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
All distilled on the same day, the whisky was matured for nine years in traditional American Oak casks and was then transferred to four different types of Sherry butts for a period of over three years. As a result each of the four expressions have developed their own unique characteristics. The range includes: Fino, Manzanilla, Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez.
Tomatin 1988 OB – 46%
“Tomatin are delighted to announce the addition of a 1988 Vintage expression to our core range. This expression will be released in batches.
The contents have been vatted from a combination of ex-Bourbon and ex-Port casks.”
Colour: Straw, clean and clear.
Nose: Old and packed with bourbon maturation goodness. There’s overly ripe bananas and soft tropical notes together with a sweet fudge quality.
Tomatin 14yo (port cask finish) – 46%
In April Tomatin introduced this new 14yo whisky to market…
“Having spent around 13 years in the finest Bourbon oak barrels, this whisky has spent a year in specially selected Portuguese port pipes which had previously held Tawny port for between 30 and 40 years. The result is an excellent dram which is soft and smooth with a port-influenced sweetness.”
Colour: Golden with faint reddy pink hues.
The Tomatin Distillery Co Ltd has announced a change to the line-up of its core range of single malts. A 14 year old Port Wood Finish and a batch release 1988 vintage are being introduced, while the 15 year old and 30 Year Old expressions will be removed.
Tomatin 18yo – 46% ABV, OB
Further to my wee series of reviews based of distillery core ranges that I’ve purchased myself we take a look at one of my faves, Tomatin 18 Year Old…
“Aged for a minimum of 18 years and married for a period in Spanish Oloroso sherry casks. This non chill filtered whisky is packed full of flavour and has a velvety smooth mouth feel.”
For info Tomatin is a Highland whisky, the distillery being located just below Inverness. It’s also one of my faves, I’ve got various bottles of Tomatin around the house. It’s good quality and well priced.
It was reputed to be the biggest malt whisky distillery in 1987 covering a large area, however since then it has lowered its production levels significantly.
On to the review…
Cù Bòcan 1989 vintage limited edition – 53.2% ABV
Review below, but first for a quick bit of info…
Tomatin have announced the launch of a Cù Bòcan 1989 vintage limited edition.
A rare bottling from a vatting of three casks (37470, 37471 and 37472) which have been lurking quietly in Warehouse 9 at Tomatin Distillery since a rare and unintentional production of peated whisky at the distillery on 7th June 1989.
Released at cask strength, non chill filtered and natural colour. The smoke is more prominent than in the standard edition but retains the instantly recognisable sweetness.
Let’s take a look at the whisky…
Tomatin Distillery has launched a new peated whisky expression called:
It comes with a spooky backstory as such:
Cù Bòcan has stalked residents of the remote Highland village of Tomatin for centuries, his legend embellished by the hellhound’s increasingly fractious behaviour.
Sightings are rare, once in a generation, always terrifying. A distillery worker, out walking late, was once relentlessly pursued by an imposing black beast, steam spiralling from flared nostrils, teeth bared.
Tomatin Decades, 46% OB, 2011
Tomatin created this special edition whisky to celebrate their (then) Master Distiller, Douglas Campbell MBE’s 50th year with the distillery and uses casks from each decade that have been selected by the man himself to create a unique single malt…. With 50 years of whisky to choose from you know it will be good!
The following casks were used to create this single malt:
1967 – Refill Sherry Hogshead
1976 – Oloroso Sherry Butts
1984 – Refill Sherry Hogsdeads
1990 – First Fill Bourbon Barrels
2005 – Fill Bourbon Barrels
Let’s crack on with the review…