Tomatin has been officially producing Whisky since 1897 however off the books it may have been operating since the 1700s! Tomatin translates from “Hill of the Juniper Bush” making this location ideal for illicit distilling with access to plenty of juniper wood which gives off no smoke while burning.
In the 1970’s Tomatin was the biggest distillery in Scotland and 2nd behind the Japanese distillery Hakushu in the whole world. While the brand recognition may not reflect that level of grandness today, it is certainly a distillery that is held in high regards by Whisky folk.
The Legacy (or Dualchas in the USA) is a non-age statement that is one of few expressions Tomatin produce that is Chill-filtered with added colouring. This release is 80% 7 -8 year old first-fill bourbon with the other 20% being around 4 year old in Virgin oak.
To try to ensure as high standards as possible they get their virgin oak casks sent over from wood experts, Kelvin Cooperage in Kentucky.
Shout out to Tomatin Global Brand Ambassador, Scott Adamson for a brilliant tasting.