Located on the eastern edge of the Monadhliath Mountains, Tomatin has a feeling of remoteness about it. Illicit stills are part of the history of whisky distilling in Scotland; as a distilling site, illicit or otherwise, Tomatin reaches back to the 15th Century when drovers, bringing their cattle over high mountain passes to the market at Tomatin, filled their flasks from a still at the Old Laird’s House, beside the current distillery buildings – perhaps the fore-runner to the current visitor centre!
Tomatin 12 Year Cuatro Manzanilla Sherry Cask Finish Single Malt Scotch Whisky is a part of Cuatro Series – 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. With its Spanish sherry inspiration, the name “Cuatro” is fitting as the Spanish word for “four”.
NOSE: Chewy vanilla marshmallows, rich dried dates, crunchy pears and lemons. Reminiscent of haystacks.
PALATE: Oily and doughy, lemon sponge, green olives, pepper and toasted pine nuts.
FINISH: Subtle and slow moving.