Award-winning Highland whisky distillery Tomatin has announced the release of its highly anticipated single malt, the Tomatin 50 Year Old, distilled on 24 November 1967.
Following 50 years of maturation at the distillery, the deep-honey coloured expression has been bottled in its most natural form, yielding just 70 special bottles at 45.3% abv.
Stephen Bremner, managing director of Tomatin, said: ‘It is with great pleasure that we announce the release of Tomatin’s oldest expression – the Tomatin 50 Year Old.
‘This special expression has been quietly resting for half a century, and it is wonderful to see it presented in all its glory.’
The whisky, finished in a first fill Oloroso Sherry Butt, cask number 35817, is encased within an individually numbered, handblown Glencairn crystal decanter. The decanter is luxuriously presented within a striking Italian crafted wooden box, furnished with soft, premium Italian leather. Sealed with a wooden transit cork, an engraved, solid brass gold-plated and glass stopper is also provided.
Each box comes with an individually-numbered book, hand-signed by distillery manager, Graham Eunson. Finally, a premium leather carry bag completes the presentation.
The Tomatin 50 Year Old delivers a myriad of rich and complex flavours. On the nose, aromas of freshly felled oak in an orchard of apples, pears and plums can be expected.
Once on the palate, it releases bursts of exotic tropical fruits and dried apricots, sweetened with flavours of vanilla toffee, crème caramel and flame raisins. Spice and fruits balance perfectly, providing a luxurious and velvety finish.
Graham said: ‘This dignified expression is elegant and flavourful – a complex whisky with layers of taste sensations to delight the senses. Those privy to a taste of this whisky can expect warming spices which are mellowed by lashings of Manuka honey.’
The Tomatin 50 Year Old is the distillery’s oldest expression and is expected to retail at £10,000 for a 70cl bottle in the UK within specialist retailers.