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Tomatin 1996 Connoisseurs Choice


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Tomatin 1996 Connoisseurs Choice 

Pale Gold. With a light to medium body. Good length sweet and fruity. Aged in first fill Bourbon barrels.

Tomatin was the first Scottish Distillery to be wholly owned by a Japanese company. As late as 1956 there were only 2 stills in operation, but by 1973 there were 11 in total - 6 wash and 5 spirit stills. Then in a major expansion programme the capacity was boosted to 23 stills, making Tomatin the biggest malt distillery in Scotland at that time, with an annual production of 5 million gallons. During the boom years for Scotch Whisky from 1973 to 1984 - Tomatin produced its malt whisky primarily to be used in blends. But when demand fell in the early 1980s, 11 stills were closed down, and eventually removed in 2000. Today, with 12 stills operating, Tomatin remains 1 of the largest malt distilleries in Scotland.

AROMA without water Fresh and malty with hints of vanilla and citrus fruits. A slight herbal eucalyptus note is also present.

TASTE without water initially peppery with waxy mouth coating feel. Creamy, with hints of Brazil nuts, tropical fruits, orange zest and white chocolate.

AROMA with water Light and fruity, with hints of oranges and a distinct malty aroma. A herbal note also remains.

TASTE with water has become spicier, with hot chillies and slight a dark chocolate bitterness. Fruity elements remain, orange and ripe bananas.

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