Tomatin recently announced the final expression from their Warehouse 6 Collection … the “1976.”
Pulling from their vaunted warehouse, Tomatin’s cask numbers 32 and 33 have been slowly maturing the spirit inside for nearly five decades.
The two were married together to yield only 350 bottles, and the expression clocks in at a natural strength of 46% ABV.
Distilled more than 45 years ago, almost 80 years after the Tomatin Distillery was first established, the spirit spent the entirety of its maturation in traditional oak hogshead casks.
The distiller’s notes show that the long maturation allowed for aromas of strawberry liqueur, tropical fruits and roasted coconut to balance out an exotic, spicy character to define its flavor.
Tastes of golden syrup and marzipan add to its complexity, developing into chocolate, coffee and brown sugar on the palate. The exotic spices appear in a long, lingering finish.
Warehouse 6 Collection-1976 was recently awarded Gold Outstanding at the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2022 with a score of 99, and proceeded to win the trophy in the Single Malt Scotch Whisky 26 Years and over category.
Graham Eunson, Tomatin Master Distiller, said in a prepared statement, “This is the perfect expression to conclude Tomatin’s successful Warehouse 6 Collection. The first time I tried this whisky I knew it was something very special. Throughout my career, I’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy some extraordinary whiskies, but this one still stands out from the rest for me. Over four and a half decades of watchful waiting has seen this exclusive expression instilled with great complexity, yet it presents a tremendous youth and vibrancy which is a remarkable balance to achieve – I’ll be sad to see it go!”
As with the previous expressions in the series, including 1971, 1972, 1975, 1977, and 1978, each of the 350 units is decanted into a hand-blown Glencairn Crystal decanter with unique copper decoration. The bottle is presented with two glasses, a solid copper stopper, along with a numbered certificate detailing the whisky’s journey.
The 1976 will soon be available from specialist retailers worldwide and has a suggested retail price of £3,800.
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