Tomatin 12yr Single Malt Scotch
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Tomatin 12yr Single Malt Scotch

Item # 34234 750mL
$35.96/ Single Bottle
$215.76/ Case of 6
ABV
43.00%
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Tasting Notes

An overlooked classic malt from a distillery dating back over 100 years that translates into one of the best values in the category for us malt lovers. Located in the Northern Highlands this relatively unsung distillery was originally founded in 1897 in the midst of a major Scotch Whisky boom and managed to stay alive through the bust to become for a period the largest distiller in Scotland providing whisky to nearly all of the blended brands. That history and size are two major reasons that Tomatin has been able to keep its age statements and sell their whiskies for unbeatable value. You get a little bit of everything with the flagship 12-year. Notes of vanilla, dried fruits, and spice from the used bourbon casks and Oloroso Sherry casks are woven seamlessly with notes of creamy malt, citrus, apples, honey, and more orchard fruit with a gentle wisp of peat smoke on the finish.


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Staff Pick Notes

Are you, too, a Scotch drinker looking for a bottle with substance AND value? Take a look at this lad, the 12-year Tomatin bottled at 43%, matured in bourbon barrels and then finished in Sherry casks. Malt and bran hit the nose and fruit follows, already Highlands-style to the core. On the palate you'll find balanced alcohol, vanilla, and a hint of nuttiness. Add a bit of water and a dulce de leche character is revealed. There's lots to explore in this whisky if you are looking for a dram to savor and enjoy.

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Astor's Glossary of Terms

Scotch

As a synonym for Scottish, some people object to the term “Scotch” – but as far as their whisky goes, the Scottish people are required by law to classify the spirit as “Scotch whisky.”

Scotland

History:
Distillation was brought to Scotland from Ireland by missionary monks in the 6th century. In 1644, the first taxes were imposed on Scottish distillers by England, with the result that most of the nation’s whisky was soon distilled illicitly. With the Parliament’s passing of the “Excise Act” in 1824, licensing fees for distilleries were much cheaper. Distilleries started to take out...

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