Tomatin Speyside Whisky Distillery
Tomatin Distillery was founded in 1898 by the Tomatin Spey District Distillery Co Ltd and is located 13 miles south east of the Highland capital Inverness. Built at 1028 feet above sea level Tomatin is not only one of the largest whisky distilleries in Scotland it is one of the highest. The name Tomaitin comes from the Gaelic ‘the hill of the juniper bushes’. This distillery didn’t last long after opening and went into liquidation soon after on 1906 but was re-opened in 1909 under a similar business name, phoenix from the flames.
After closing during both World Wars the distillery really sprang to life and by the end of the 1960’s Tomatin had a huge 11 stills, not satisfied with that a further 12 were built in 1970’s meaning Tomatin had an impressive 23 stills and was the largest whisky distillery in the world. Despite this it went bust again in the 1980’s which was a difficult time for whisky sales, however Japanese firms of Okura and Takara Schuzo seen the opportunity Tomatin presented and became the 1st Japanese owners of a Scottish whisky distillery.
The Japanese sold up in 1995 when J & Hardie took over and export most Tomatin for blended whisky including The Antiquary, Big T Blends and Talisman.
Taste: Very much a Highland malt on the nose malty and peppery but ending with a slightly bitter taste.