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Tomatin Distillery releases Metal and Water

Tomatin Distillery has announced the release of the final two whiskies in its Five Virtues series.

The series draws inspiration from the elements of nature – Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water – with each single malt expression enjoying a limited run of 6,000 bottles and a focus on the effects of different cask maturations.

The Metal edition is said to take its character from the distillery's 12 copper stills. Metal has matured in first fill Bourbon barrels, demonstrating the definitive Tomatin style.

Completing the series is Water, inspired by the water from the Alt-na-Frith burn; Tomatin's private water source. The water is drawn year round but this particular edition employs a winter-distilled spirit and Sherry butts to enrich the final flavour.

Jennifer Masson, Tomatin marketing manager, says: "After the tremendous success we experienced when we released our first three expressions in the Five Virtues series last year, we are incredibly excited to see how the public receive the final two elements in the collection: Metal and Water.

"The Five Virtues series was inspired by global concepts and the growth we've experienced as a brand, so it is incredible to have the series so well received by customers that know us or who are only just hearing about Tomatin."

Graham Eunson, distillery general manager, says: "During the cold winter months at Tomatin, the spirit vapours have less contact with the condensers during the distillation process and are therefore turned back into liquid form far quicker. In the Water expression, a winter distilled spirit, this results in a slightly heavier and fuller spirit, which when combined with its Sherry cask maturation, gives a great, full-bodied whisky. The Metal expression meanwhile uses bourbon barrels, which really accentuate Tomatin's house style; light, sweet and fruity."

The first expressions released early last year, Wood and Fire sold out within six months. Earth, a peated release from the distillery, was released in September 2017 and sold out in January 2018.

Each whisky in the series has been packaged in cartons featuring the work of contemporary artist, Eva Ullrich, who represented each expression with abstract art.

Tomatin won Distiller of the Year 2016 and Brand Innovator of the Year 2017 at the Icons of Whisky Scotland Awards.

The Metal and Water expressions are available specialist retailers, from £49.99.

19 February 2018 - Sam Coyne The Drinks Report, news editor