The first of the single casks was distilled in September 1997 and matured in a first fill bourbon barrel for over 12 years and bottled at cask strength - 57.1%abv . Only 244 bottles are available and will be sold in a limited number of Western European markets as well as Japan.
The second single cask was distilled in January 1999 and initially matured in a re fill American oak cask before being transferred into a European oak cask which was used to mature tempranillo wine. After spending over 2 year in the wine cask it was bottled at cask strength - 57.1%abv. Only 302 bottles are available and again they will be sold in a limited number of Western European markets as well as Japan.
The third release is a limited edition 21 year old bottling which was created using 7 casks, 6 of which were re fill American oak casks and the 7th an ex sherry butt. Again bottled at casks strength – 52%abv – and limited to a release of just 2400 bottles which will be made available in selected markets throughout the world including the UK.
Stephen Bremner, sales director at the distillery said: “Up until very recently you would have been hard pushed to find any limited edition official distillery bottlings from Tomatin. This is no longer the case and I am pleased to confirm that there will be a steady flow of these for the foreseeable future. We have some amazing casks from the 1960s up to the present day and I feel confident that consumers will be delighted with what we bring to the market in the near future.
“The single casks are obviously very different in character with one representing the traditional house style of Tomatin and the other showing that our whisky is fairly adaptable and works well in different cask types. I feel that the 21 year old is a good example of a traditional highland malt whisky. It is very soft and smooth but also has a slightly spicy edge to it which is typical of Tomatin as it gets past the teens.”