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Tomatin makes changes to single malts lineup

The Tomatin Distillery has announced a change to the line-up of its core range of Highland single malt Scotch whiskies. 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.

The 14 Year Old Port Wood Finish has spent around 13 years in the finest Bourbon oak barrels, with a further 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 that is soft and smooth with a port-influenced sweetness. The whisky is bottles at 46%abv and has an RRP of £48.99 per 70cl bottle, US$55 per 75cl bottle.

The 1988 vintage also takes on an element of port with its contents having been vatted from ex-bourbon and ex-port casks, resulting in a sweet yet surprisingly fresh dram. Presented in a wooden box with its own certificate, this expression will be released in batches, the first batch offering 2500 bottles. The whisky is bottled at 46%abv and has an RRP of £159.99 per 70cl bottle, US$250 per 75cl bottle.

These two new expressions join the brand’s non-aged Legacy - matured in a combination of Bourbon and Virgin Oak casks - and the 12 and 18 Year Olds, both finished in Spanish Oloroso Sherry Casks. The 12 Year Old is now being sold at 43% alc./vol. in all markets (increased from 40%).

Stephen Bremner, sales director, says: “In recent years we have really started to make our mark in the single malt market with recognition for the high quality whisky on offer from the Tomatin Distillery. Most recently in March 2014 we were awarded Gold for Legacy and our 12 Year Old, and Double Gold for our 18 Year Old at the San Francisco Spirits Competition. I am confident these two new expressions will sit nicely within the range and, most importantly, will be enjoyed by our customers.”

The Tomatin Distillery is a producer and blender of Scotch whisky, boasting a strong core range of single malt whiskies along with a range of popular blends. The distillery was established in 1897, and while historically the whisky produced was primarily sold for use in other brands of blended whisky, the company is now focused on growing the Tomatin single malt brand in its own right. The company’s most popular blends are The Antiquary, The Talisman and Big ‘T’.

The distillery is owned by Japanese company Takara Shuzo.

1 May 2014 - Felicity Murray The Drinks Report, editor