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Tomatin unveils new French Collection

Tomatin Distillery is hoping to transport whisky drinkers across the English Channel with a new virtual experience.

Ahead of World Whisky Day (15 May), the Scotch distillery has announced the launch of its French Collection, a four-part release showing the influence of French wine and spirit casks on its liquid during maturation.

The whisky, distilled in 2008, began its maturation in traditional oak casks before being moved into Monbazillac, Sauternes, Rivesaltes and Cognac casks for the final stage of ageing.

The collection will be accompanied by a content series which Tomatin says will stimulate all the senses - but which can be enjoyed from the comfort of home. With content designed to explore the flavour profiles of each whisky in the French Collection, including visuals and sound effects, the series will roll out as each expression is released.

The Monbazillac, Sauternes and Rivesaltes editions (1-3) were released on 26 April and retail around £65 per bottle through the Tomatin website and selected specialist retailers. The Cognac edition (4) will launch later in 2021.

Graham Eunson, master distiller at Tomatin, said: "The French Collection is a great example of Tomatin's dedicaction to craft and excellence, with each expression showcasing how respective finishing casks affect the original spirit - a concept Tomatin championed in the Cuatro series released in 2014.

"We have produced four remarkable expression which will appeal not only to whisky enthusiasts and collectors, but also a wider audience. On top of this, we are also very excited for consumers to be able to experience each expression with the ambisonic content series."

12 May 2021 - Bethany Whymark