Tomatin 1972, which was aged Highland Malt
The Northern Highlands
Tomatin, Inverness-shire. Licentiehouder: The Tomatin Distillery Co. Eigendom van Takara, Shuzo & Okura Ltd.
Gebouwd op het hoogtepunt van de whisky-boom in 1897 door een aantal zakenmensen te Inverness.
De distilleerderij ligt op een hoogte van driehonderd meter boven de zeespiegel aan de noordelijke kant van de Grampian Mountains.
De naam wil zoveel zeggen als jeneverbessen bossen.
Met de val van de gebroeders Pattison in 1899, eindigde ook de whiskyhausse. Veel bedrijven gingen bankroet, anderen sloten en/of werden overgenomen.
Tomatin ging in 1906 bankroet.
In 1909 werd Tomatin weer opgestart, handelend met de naam The New Tomatin Distillery Co, Ltd.
Tomatin was gesloten gedurende de tweede wereldoorlog.
In 1956 werden er twee ketels bijgebouwd en in 1958 weer twee en in 1961 werden er weer 4 ketels bijgebouwd.
Tomatin ging naar de beurs, de London Stock Exchange,
In 1964 kwam er nog een ketel bij en toen in 1974 Tomatin geheel werd gemoderniseerd kwamen bij de elf ketels en nog eens twaalf bij.
De kapaciteit werd toen bijna dertien liter spirit per jaar. Tomatin kan 40 miljoen liter whisky opslaan.
In 1984 ging Tomatin bankroet, er was weer een periodieke periode waarin weer overkapaciteit heerste en Tomatin met zijn enorme kapaciteit en als hoofdzakelijk buikleverancier werd harder getroffen dan de meeste andere distilleerderijen.
In Februari 1986 werd Tomatin gekocht door de Japanse ondernemingen Tokara Shuzo en Okura beiden waren afnemers van Tomatin.
Takara Shuzo verkreeg 80 % van het aandelenkapitaal, Okura 20 %.
Okura kwam in 1998 zelf in financiële moeilijkheden en zijn aandeel kwam in handen van de andere partner, die wat later dat aandeel doorverkocht aan de Japanse groep Marubeni.
Er zijn nu (2002) nog twaalf ketels in gebruik, alle met stoom verhit. De overige ketels vertoonden slijtage aan de ketels (ze werden te dun) en men verkoos om ze niet te laten repareren.
Het water komt van de Alt-na-Fïthe Burn, het koelwater van de rivier Findhorn.
Tomatin bottelt zelf een 10-, 12- en 30 jaar oude single malt whisky. De eigen blend is Big T. Ook levert men whisky aan de Welsh Whisky Co, te Brecon in Wales.
De twee Mash tuns zijn elk 8 ton.
De vier en twintig Wash backs zijn elk 41.000 liter.
Tomatin heeft vier en twintig ketels, 12 Wash stills elk 16.000 liter en 12 Spirit stills van elk 16.000 liter.
De ketels worden met stoom verhit dat wordt opgewekt door twee met olie verhitte ketels. De produktie is 2,5 miljoen liter spirit per jaar.
In September 1998 gaat John McDonald, na twaalf jaar manager te zijn geweest van Tomatin met pensioen, hij wordt opgevolgd door Jim Milne.
De oorspronkelijke capaciteit van Tomatin was 12,9 liter spirit per jaar
Duncan Taylor & Co, Huntly, Aberdeen.
In 1933 begon Abe Rosenberg, samen met twee broers een drankengroothandel in Syosset te New York.
De Star Liqueor Company verkocht de merken Duncan Taylor, Hartley Parkers en McColls in de staten New York, Connecticut en Miami.
Na de tweede wereldoorlog werd Abe Rosenberg de alleen importeur van J & B blended whisky.
In 1964 begon Abe Rosenberg te investeren in vaten Schotse Single Malt Whisky, en lette bij aankoop in het bijzonder op de soort- en kwaliteit van het hout van de vaten.
De whiskies van Islay hadden zijn bijzondere Yoorkeur.
In 1994, op 85 jarige leeftijd overleed Abe Rosenberg, en het beheer van zijn omvangrijke erfenis kwam in handen van een liefdadigheidsinstelling, die zijn naam droeg.
Om de erfenis ten gelde te maken zochten de beheerders contact in Schotland en kwamen uiteindelijk in contact met Euan Shand.
Euan Shand, zoon van een vroegere manager van Glendronach, en opgegroeid op de distilleer-derij, ging na zijn opleiding werken bij Allied Distillers te Glasgow, en was ook nog kort tijdelijk manager van Ardmore.
Na een korte onderbreking administrateur - boekhouder startte hij de Bennachie Scotch Whisky Co.
In 1997 kocht Euan Shand de merken Glendarroch en Whisky Galore.
Euan Shand werd koper de whiskyvoorraad en Duncan Taylor & Co.
Deze voorraad bestaat uit ongeveer 4000 vaten whisky, deels inmiddels heel oud en bijzonder.
Macallen, Bowmore, Glen Grant en St. Magdalene, Laphroaig en Bunnahabhain uit 1966, gelagerd in Cognac en Sherryvaten.
When Tomatin Distillery was established in 1897,
the isolated and idyllic setting of Tomatin
was almost perfect. However there was 't a
local workforce; the local inhabitants were
scattered shepherds and cattle drovers.
The company began a project of construction to
accommodate its workforce. Since that time
the distillery has been the heart of the
community and the community at the heart
of the distillery. This legacy has continued and
Tomatin remains one of the few distilleries to
provide a home for its dedicated craftsmen.
1956 from 2 stills - 4 stills x 16000 litres
1958 from 4 stills - 6 stills x 16000 litres
1962 from 6 stills - 10 stills x 16000 litres
1964 from 10 stills - 12 stills x 16000 litres
1974 from 12 stills - 24 stills x 16000 litres
Capacity: 12,5 00.000 litres spirits a year
2013 only 12 stills x 16000 litres
Capacity: 5.000.000 litres a year / the production is in 2014 2.200.000 litres a year
It is Tomatin’s much improved wood policy which has brought it to the notice of single malt lovers. A higher percentage of first-fill casks – ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry – has given more flesh and structure to the always top-notch spirit.
BRANDS PRODUCED HERE
Although the first manifestation of Tomatin only ran between 1897 and 1906, its reopening under new management in 1909 saw the start of a remarkable journey which would culminate in this remote Highland outpost in between Aviemore and Inverness becoming the largest malt whisky distillery in Scotland.
Its expansion (and contraction) mirrors accurately the mood of the industry: from two stills to four in 1956, four to six in ‘58, an upping to 11 in ’61 and then in 1974 the most dramatic expansion of all, with 12 stills being installed, bringing the total to 23 and overall capacity to 10m litres per annum.
It couldn’t last. Even in 1974 the first indications of a downturn in Scotch’s fortunes were being noticed. Tomatin never ran at full capacity and in 1986 went into liquidation.
The site was saved however by two of its Japanese bulk customers, Takara Shuzo and Okura & Co [Okura’s stake was taken by Marubeni in 1998], making it the first Scotch distillery to be under Japanese control.
There has been a slow but steady recalibration ever since. The company bought blending firm J.W. Hardie in 1997, adding the prestigious Antiquary blend to its portfolio.
Eleven of the stills were taken out of commission in 2000 and today only 2m litres are produced from six wash and four spirit stills.
The other major change has been a shift in emphasis from bulk supply to single malt (as well as Antiquary) – again Tomatin is mirroring the market's continuing evolution. The single malt range has been widened in terms of age statements and introduced a peated variant, Cu Bocan.
Tomatin distillery is founded by Tomatin Spey Distillery Company
After just nine years in operation, the distillery is closed
Production resumes once more under the Tomatin Distillers Co.
Tomatin's first expansion takes place, were its two stills are increased to four
A further two stills are installed, bringing Tomatin to six
An additional four stills are installөd still is added to the existing 10
Tomatin's largest single expansion brings its total still tally to 23, with an annual capacity of 10m litres per year
With demand at a low, Tomatin goes into liquidation
Long-term Japanese customers, Takara Shuzo Co. and Okara & Co., purchase the company
The company purchases blending firm J.W. Hardie and its prestigious blend, Antiquary
Marubeni buys out Okura & Co., which is liquidated
Tomatin launches a 14-year-old single malt
Tomatin's first peated expression, Cu Bocan, is released
CAPACITY (MLPA) i
CONDENSER TYPE i
Shell and tube
FERMENTATION TIME i
FILLING STRENGTH i
GRIST WEIGHT (T) i
HEAT SOURCE i
MALT SPECIFICATION i
Low peat, 2ppm
MALT SUPPLIER i
Simpsons, Boortmalt, Bairds
MASH TUN TYPE i
NEW-MAKE STRENGTH i
SINGLE MALT PERCENTAGE i
SPIRIT STILL CHARGE (L) i
SPIRIT STILL SHAPE i
Traditional onion shape with ball
SPIRIT STILL SIZE (L) i
12 (6 wash, 6 spirit)
2 dunnage, 12 racked
WASH STILL CHARGE (L) i
WASH STILL SHAPE i
Traditional onion shape with ball
WASH STILL SIZE (L) i
WASHBACK CHARGE (L) i
WASHBACK SIZE (L) i
WASHBACK TYPE i
WATER SOURCE i
Alt-na Frith or Free Burn
YEAST TYPE i
Takara Shuzo Company
1986 - present
The Tomatin Distillery Company
Okura & Co
1986 - 1998 (joint with Takara Shuzo)
1909 - 1986
Tomatin Spey Distillery Company
1897 - 1906
BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKY
Named after the 1816 gothic novel by Sir Walter Scott, The Antiquary is a Victorian blend with Edinburgh roots that now falls under Japanese ownership. Early bottles featured a caricature of one of Scott’s main characters (likely the antiquary himself, Jonathan Oldbuck) on the label.
Today The Antiquary is sold as a no-age-statement, 12-year-old and 21-year-old, as well as a limited edition 35-year-old. A high proportion of Highland and Speyside malts (45%) provide typical citrus and vanilla notes, while a dash of Islay malt accounts for its light smokiness.
The unique diamond-esque bottle shape, which is now synonymous with the brand, was introduced in the mid-20th century and has been retained through subsequent changes in ownership.
James Hardie set up as a tea, wine and spirits merchant in Picardy Place, Edinburgh in 1861. His sons John and William soon joined him in the business and like so many other merchants in the city, moved into blending in 1880 as J&W Hardie Ltd.
The business quickly established its own steady supply of grain whisky as one of the founding shareholders in Edinburgh’s North British distillery in 1887. The following year the brothers registered one of their blends – The Antiquary – as a brand.
J&W Hardie sold The Antiquary brand in 1917 to J&G Stewart, which was itself taken over by the DCL in the same year. J&G Stewart had owed the DCL some £6,000 after the conglomeration bailed the blender out of bankruptcy some 20 years earlier.
The brand and its founder were reunited when, in 1948, J&W Hardie was also absorbed by the DCL and the licence for The Antiquary returned to its original producer. Hardie later became a subsidiary of William Sanderson & Son Ltd, which had been taken over by the DCL in 1937.
By the early 1980s The Antiquary had become a global sensation, widely available in countries such as Venzuela, Paraguay, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Japan and Andorra.
In 1996 J&W Hardie was bought by the Tomatin Distillery Co. Ltd, which had been under Japanese ownership since 1985. The move signalled the owner’s confidence in entering the premium blended Scotch whisky market with an established and reputable brand.
The Antiquary was given a makeover in 2015 to modernise the brand for a younger audience and highlight its unique bottle shape.
Today the blend counts France, Portugal, Russia, Angola, the UK and the US among its most successful markets.
James Hardie opens a wine, spirit and tea shop in Edinburgh
The Antiquary is first registered as a brand by J&W Hardie Ltd
J&G Stewart acquires The Antiquary brands and joins the DCL in the same year
Wm Sanderson & Son Ltd joins the DCL
J&W Hardie is taken over by the DCL. The licence to produce
The Antiquary reverts to J&W Hardie sometime thereafter
J&W Hardie is acquired by Tomatin Distillery Co Ltd
The Antiquary range is redesigned and relaunched globally
Takara Shuzo Company logo
Takara Shuzo Company
1995 - present
The Tomatin Distillery Company
1995 - present
1986 - 1995
Distillers Company Limited
1917 - 1986
1888 - 1917
J&W Hardie Ltd started out as an Edinburgh tea, wine and spirits merchant and evolved into the founder of a legendary blended Scotch. The business also became licensee of Benromach distillery when it was owned by The Distillers Company Ltd, and later became a subsidiary of the Tomatin Distillery Company Ltd.
The firm was established in Edinburgh during 1857 as a tea blender and wine and spirits merchant by James Hardie. His sons, John and William, followed him into the business and created The Antiquary blend. The name – taken from the Walter Scott novel of the same title – was registered in 1888.
Ultimately, J&W Hardie Ltd was acquired by The Distillers Company Ltd, and became a subsidiary of Wm Sanderson & Son Ltd, based in south Queensferry, near Edinburgh. It was purchased in 1994 along with The Antiquary brand by the Tomatin Group, operator of the eponymous Inverness-shire distillery. The firm was used to represent the branded goods side of the business alongside the Tomatin Distillery Co Ltd, until the two entities were amalgamated during 2014 under the latter company name.
Takara Shuzo Company (Parent company)
The Tomatin Distillery Company (Current owner)
TOMATIN RELEASES LAST OF FIVE VIRTUES SERIES
Highland distillery Tomatin is releasing the final two limited edition expressions in its Five Virtues series – Metal and Water.
Tomatin Five Virtues Metal and Water
Five pillars: Tomatin's Five Virtues series represents the elements that go into making whisky
Only 6,000 bottles of each expression, have been produced as part of the limited release, with previous entries in the Five Virtues series selling out within six months.
Both whiskies are bottled at 46% abv and will be available from specialist retailers starting at £49.99
The Five Virtues series is named after the elements of nature, with Metal and Water joining Wood, Earth and Fire to complete the collection.
Metal is a reference to the distillery’s 12 copper stills, aged in first-fill ex-Bourbon casks to provide flavours of ‘soft creamy vanilla laced with milk chocolate, marshmallows and ice cream’.
Water refers to the water drawn from the distillery’s local Alt-na-Firth burn, and is matured in Sherry butts during the winter to create ‘hints of chocolate honeycomb and smooth toffee, which are complemented by rich blood orange marmalade’.
Graham Eunson, distillery general manager at Tomatin, said: ‘In the Water expression, a winter distilled spirit 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.’
Like the rest of the Five Virtues series, the whiskies are packaged in cartons featuring the work of contemporary artist Eva Ullrich, representing each particular element with a piece of abstract art.
Scotland: Tomatin releases three whiskies
The Tomatin distillery, Inverness-shire, has released three new whiskies - two single cask and one limited edition bottling.
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.”
TOMATIN 15-YEAR-OLD MOSCATEL FINISH RELEASED
Highland distillery Tomatin has released a limited-edition single malt aged for 15 years and finished in first-fill Moscatel wine barriques.
Tomatin 15 Year Old Moscatel Finish
Unusual finish: Portuguese Moscatel casks are relatively rare in Scotch whisky
Distilled in 2003, the whisky spent five of its 15 years of ageing in first-fill Portuguese Moscatel wine barriques, giving it flavours of ‘toasted almonds and oranges, sun-dried raisins and figs’.
The production run is limited to just over 6,000 bottles worldwide, bottled without chill filtration at 46% abv and available from specialist retailers with a UK RRP of £75.
‘Moscatel releases are relatively rare and tend to be limited as the casks aren’t widely available,’ said Jennifer Masson, marketing manager for Tomatin.
Distillery manager Graham Eunson added: ‘This full-bodied and intense single malt may be unusual in as much as it is finished in first-fill Moscatel barriques; however, this really accentuates what Tomatin whiskies are known for being: smooth, light, sweet and fruity.”
TOMATIN 30 YEAR OLD REPLACES 1988 VINTAGE
Highland distillery Tomatin has replaced its 1988 vintage bottling with a new 30-year-old addition to the brand’s core range.
Statement piece: Tomatin's new 30-year-old is the latest age statement whisky to replace a vintage
The whisky has been finished in first-fill ex-Bourbon barrels and bottled at 46% abv.
The expression is said to contain notes of ‘golden honey and smooth white chocolate’ on the nose, with ‘a fusion of tropical fruits’ on the palate and a ‘creamy’ finish.
Tomatin has released an initial batch of only 3,000 bottles, with 450 of those bottles available in the UK.
A further 600 bottles have been released in the US, while the remaining 1,950 bottles will be sold in other markets around the world.
Tomatin sales director Graham Nicholson said: ‘Our core range has a wide breadth of whiskies and we expect the 30-year-old will prove very popular with customers who are looking for something premium and luxurious.’
The whisky will be available from specialist retailers for £300 per 70cl bottle.
Tomatin’s move from a vintage bottling to an age statement comes after Glenrothes revamped its entire core range, abandoning vintages because age statements were seen to be ‘indicative of a whisky with better taste and a higher quality’.
TOMATIN 50 IS DISTILLERY’S OLDEST WHISKY
Highland distillery Tomatin has released its oldest whisky to date, a 50-year-old single malt priced at £10,000 a bottle.
Tomatin 50 Year Old Single Malt Whisky
Milestone malt: Tomatin 50 Year Old is presented in a hand-blown Glencairn decanter
The whisky was distilled on 24 November 1967 and matured in ‘refill casks’ before being finished in ex-oloroso Sherry butts.
The single malt is described as having notes of ‘exotic tropical fruits and dried apricots, sweetened with flavours of vanilla toffee, crème caramel and flame raisins’.
Tomatin managing director Stephen Bremner said: ‘This special expression has been quietly resting for half a century, and it is wonderful to see it presented in all its glory.’
The whisky is contained in a hand-blown Glencairn crystal decanter, which is encased in a wooden box with an Italian leather lining.
Each box also includes an engraved, gold-plated solid brass and glass stopper, and an individually numbered book hand-signed by Tomatin distillery manager Graham Eunson. A leather carry bag for the items is also provided.
A total of 70 bottles of Tomatin 50 Year Old are available from select retailers.
The oldest expression Tomatin had previously released was the 44-year-old 1971 Vintage Malt, the first edition of its Warehouse 6 Collection, in 2016.
for 42 years in an ex-Sherry hogshead, was released in 2017 as the second expression in the series.
CÙ BÒCAN RELAUNCHES WITH TRIO OF NEW MALTS
Cù Bòcan, the peated single malt from Highland distillery Tomatin, has relaunched with three new limited edition whiskies said to explore ‘innovative maturation’ techniques.
Cù Bòcan Signature on whisky cask
Matured malt: The Cù Bòcan Signature has been aged in ex-Bourbon, ex-Sherry and virgin oak casks
The new range of no-age-statement whiskies, all of which are bottled at 46% abv, contains a core Signature malt in addition to Creations #1 and #2, which are matured in ‘experimental’ combinations of casks.
Cù Bòcan Signature has been matured in a combination of ex-Bourbon, ex-oloroso Sherry and virgin American oak casks, and is said to contain ‘subtly smoky, surprisingly sweet’ notes of ‘rich citrus and exotic spices’.
Creation #1 is said to be a ‘sweet and buttery’ malt matured in a combination of Imperial stout casks from Black Isle Brewery and Moscatel De Setúbal wine casks from Bacalhôa, which ‘marries the best bits of its wine and beer counterparts’.
Creation #2 has been matured in ex-Shochu and virgin European oak casks and is said to be ‘rich and lively’ with ‘hints of smoke and key lime pie’.
Cask combos: The two Creation malts make use of ‘unusual’ casks during maturation
The whiskies are housed in updated packaging including a bottle designed by agency Thirst Craft, which is said to reflect Cù Bòcan’s ‘contemporary spirit’.
The range is available in specialist stores worldwide from August, priced at £45 for Cù Bòcan Signature and £60 for Creations #1 and #2.
First launched in 2013, Cù Bòcan is made with peated single malt distilled at Tomatin for one week each winter.
The name is said to mean ‘ghost dog’ in Gaelic, after a legendary spectral hound that is said to haunt the village of Tomatin.
Creation #1 is a lightly peated whisky matured in a combination of Imperial Stout casks from Black Isle Brewery and Moscatel De Setúbal wine casks from Bacalhôa. This intriguing mix marries the best bits of its wine and beer counterparts; sweet and buttery with hints of orange marmalade and espresso.
TOMATIN DEBUTS RUM AND SHERRY-FINISHED MALTS
Highland distillery Tomatin has released two limited edition single malts – a 10-year-old malt finished in Caribbean rum casks and a 12-year-old finished in Amontillado Sherry butts.
Tomatin 2009 Caribbean Rum and 2006 Amontillado Sherry finishes
Finished article: The Caribbean rum and Amontillado Sherry finishes are Tomatin's newest malts
The Tomatin 2009 Caribbean Rum Finish has been matured in a combination of first-fill and refill casks for nine years, before being finished for one year in the titular rum casks.
Bottled at 46% abv, the whisky is said to contain notes of ‘soft tropical fruit, mocha and salted caramel’ as a result of the rum cask finishing.
Priced at £49, only 7,200 bottles of the 2009 Caribbean Rum Finish have been produced.
The Tomatin 2006 Amontillado Sherry Finish also spent nine years maturing in first-fill and refill casks, before a three-year secondary maturation period in the ex-Sherry casks.
Also bottled at 46% abv, the whisky is said to carry rich flavours of ‘dark chocolate, dried fruits, espresso and a hint of nut’.
Just 5,400 bottles of the whisky have been created, priced at £60.
Graham Eunson, distillery operations director at Tomatin, said: ‘We are constantly striving to produce exceptional expressions that appeal to existing customers and a wider audience – the array of tropical notes, sweet mixed spices and rich Sherry infusions will hopefully entice a range of enthusiasts.’
Both limited editions are available worldwide from selected speciality retailers.
A previous nine-year-old Caribbean rum cask finish from the Highland distillery is said to have proved ‘hugely popular’ according to Tomatin.
The distillery has also released the third expression in its Warehouse 6 Collection in March 2019, a ‘heavily Sherried’ 43-year-old single cask malt.