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 Cu Bocan Single Malt Scotch Whisky is lightly peated to 15ppm, matured in a compelling combination of Virgin Oak, Bourbon and Sherry casks, and bottled at 46% alc/vol, non chill-filtered and natural color.
NOSE: Coconuts and cream with some botanic notes, parsley and coriander. The smoke emerges after a minute, but only drifting past the nose. A mesmeric mix of lime, grapefruit and tangerines with rich almond and aniseed.
PALATE: Initially feather light, followed by a honeyed smoke; toasted almonds. The rich spice of cloves, cinnamon and star anise create an enigmatic elegance. Imagine a cafe latte with fresh chocolate shavings.
FINISH: Light with a hint of sweet smoke.