Distilling at the Tomatin site goes back to the 15th century, when an illicit still operated out of the Old Laird’s House, a local landmark where shepherds and cattle drovers would warm up with a little whisky on their journey.
Distilling in earnest began in 1897, and the distillery grew in scale, becoming the largest capacity Scotch whisky distillery for a time. Since 2003, the 12 year old has been the heart of the distillery’s range – a spritely, malt forward dram that captures the essence of the distillery’s spirit.
The 12 year old was recently re-launched, featuring a little more sherry cask influence, which has added fruitiness and depth.
The dram offers up flavours of sweet, honeyed malt, vanilla, flowers, dried fruits, pineapple chunks, ginger bread, green wood, biscuits and toffee.
A classic Speysider, this would make a perfect daily drinker single malt.