Tomatin Joins The 50 Year Old Scotch Whisky Band - The Whiskey Wash

Tomatin Joins The 50 Year Old Scotch Whisky Band

By Nino Marchetti / January 15, 2019

One thing Scotland’s distilleries have on most other whisk(e)y making regions of the world is age – a lot of them are old enough they can draw from incredibly aged spirit to produce rare, older bottlings. The Tomatin distillery is one such operation, and they’ve just joined the 50 year old Scotch single malt club.

The Tomatin 50 Year Old, according to those behind it, was distilled on November 24, 1967. It was then aged for half a century in a first fill Oloroso Sherry Butt, cask number 35817, before being bottled at 45.3% ABV. Only 70 bottles were produced.

Tomatin 50 Year Old (image via Tomatin)

“It is with great pleasure that we announce the release of Tomatin’s oldest expression – the Tomatin 50 Year Old,” said Stephen Bremner, Managing Director of Tomatin, in a prepared statement. “This special expression has been quietly resting for half a century,  and it is wonderful to see it presented in all its glory.”

Plans call for the Tomatin 50 Year Old to price at £10,000, or around $12,650 USD. As this is a very high end bottling, it comes in quite the special packaging that starts out with being “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.”

Official tasting notes for this Scotch indicate “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.”