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Tomatin

Tomatin

home of the finest Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, is located in the Monadhliath Mountains just south of Inverness, capital of the Highlands of Scotland. Established in 1897, Tomatin (to rhyme with satin) is also one of the highest distilleries in Scotland at 315 metres above
sea level.

The History

Located on the eastern edge of the Monadhliath Mountains, Tomatin has a feeling of remoteness about it.

Illicit stills are part of the history of whisky distilling in Scotland; as a distilling site, illicit or otherwise, Tomatin reaches back to the 15th Century when drovers, bringing their cattle over high mountain passes to the market at Tomatin, filled their flasks from a still at the Old Laird’s House, beside the current distillery buildings – perhaps the fore-runner to the current visitor centre! A formal distillery was commissioned on the site in 1897, and at 315 metres above sea level it is one of the highest in the country.

In 1985 the Distillery was re-established as The Tomatin Distillery Co Ltd and secured the future of whisky distilling in the Monadhliath hills. Tomatin now operates 12 stills, and in 2007 produced 2.5 million litres.

All whisky distilling requires good water. At Tomatin the Alt-na Frith (Free Burn), which springs up deep within the Monadhliath Mountains, supplies us with as much as we need. This water is combined with top quality barley, and traditional techniques are employed in all 4 stages of the distilling process – malting, mashing, fermentation and distillation. Traditionally our whisky has been used to provide fillings for the major blended whiskies in Scotland, but the emphasis now is very much on the Company own brands, first class malt and blended whiskies which have all won major international awards.

A proud testimony to the art of distilling.

Owner:                            Region/district:                       

Tomatin Distillery Co          Highland

(Takara Shuzo Co. Ltd., Kokubu & Co., The Marubeni Corporation)                     

Founded:    Status:          Capacity:

1897            Active (vc)     5 000 000 litres 

Address: Tomatin, Inverness-shire IV13 7YT 

Tel: 01463 248144 (vc)   Website:  www.tomatin.com 

History:

1897 – The Inverness businessmen behind Tomatin Spey Distillery Company found Tomatin. 

1906 – Production ceases. 

1909 – Production resumes through Tomatin Distillers Co. Ltd. 

1956 – Stills are increased from two to four. 

1958 – Another two stills are added. 

1961 – The six stills are increased to ten. 

1964 – One more still is installed. 

1974 – The stills now total 23 and the maltings closes. 

1985 – The distillery company goes into liquidation.  

1986 – Two long-time customers, Takara Shuzo Co. and Okara & Co., buy Tomatin through Tomatin Distillery Co. Tomatin thus becomes the first distillery to be acquired by Japanese interests. 

1997 – Tomatin Distillery Co buys J. W. Hardie and the brand Antiquary. 

1998 – Okura & Co, owners of  20% of Tomatin Distillery, is liquidated and Marubeni buys out part of their shareholding. 

2004 – Tomatin 12 years is launched. 

2005 – A 25 year old and a 1973 Vintage are released. 

2006 – An 18 year old and a 1962 Vintage are launched. 

2008 – A 30 and a 40 year old as well as several vintages from 1975 and 1995 are released. 

2009 – A 15 year old, a 21 year old and four single casks (1973, 1982, 1997 and 1999) are released. 

2010 – The first peated release - a 4 year old exclusive for Japan.

2011 – A 30 year old and Tomatin Decades are released.

 

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