Tomatin crowned best whisky in the world

Tomatin’s 36 Year Old single malt has been named as one of the best whiskies in the world.

The whisky won ‘Best in Show’ in the whisky category at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) 2023.

Leading figures from the industry come together to judge spirits for the prestigious international contest.

‘Best in Show’ is the highest honour of the event, where one whisky is crowned out of thousands of entries after winning in its category, with Tomatin’s 36 Year Old awarded for ‘Best Single Malt Scotch’.

Judges praised the distillery, near Inverness, for its continued dedication to its craft and superior skills in cask maturation with judges saying it is ‘without a doubt, this is one of the world’s greatest Scotch whiskies’.

It is the second time the 36 Year Old has been awarded the accolade after previously being recognised in 2017.

Released in 2015, with 1,200 bottles released globally every year, Tomatin’s 36 Year Old is matured in a combination of ex-Bourbon and ex-Oloroso sherry casks.

Tomatin distillery

Tomatin distillery

The smooth and creamy dram offers a mixture of aromas including baked fruits and leather balsam, toffee, walnut, and crystallised ginger.

Bottled at 45.1% ABV cask strength, natural colour and non-chill filtered, it is priced at £1,200 and comes displayed in a premium wooden box with a numbered certificate for each custodian.

‘This is a truly fantastic milestone for the Tomatin Distillery, especially for everyone in our team who works so hard to produce, promote and honour the finest Highland Scotch, day in and day out,’ said Graham Eunson, master distiller at Tomatin Distillery.

‘Our 36 Year Old single malt is a really special dram. A marriage of casks, a refill hogshead and an Oloroso sherry butt, gives us a remarkably smooth yet complex whisky that keeps you intrigued with lively top notes of peach, apricot, honeydew melon and mango which bring vibrancy to this rich and warming expression.

‘We know how many eyes of the world are on the results from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition every year, so it’s a real pleasure to be honoured with this recognition which we hope encourages many more people to explore the magic of Tomatin and the Scottish Highlands which we are lucky to call home.’

Stephen Bremner, managing director at Tomatin Distillery, added: ‘This is a phenomenal win for us and a real testament to the hard work of every member of the Tomatin team involved in the production of our 36 Year Old.

‘To be recognised by such a prestigious organisation at this international level and out of so many other fantastic brands is a huge accomplishment for the business.’

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