Gordon & MacPhail, Connoisseurs Choice, Tomatin 1997 (700ml)
Gordon & MacPhail - Connoisseurs Choice, Tomatin 1997
2016 Gold at International Wine and Spirits Competition, Scotch - Single Malt - Highland - 17-18 YO
COLOUR: Pale Gold.
FINISH: Medium, balanced and creamy.
CASK TYPE: Refill bourbon barrels.
STYLE: Autumn dram.
AROMA WITHOUT WATER: Sweet vanilla with banana, pineapple, and lime aromas. A delicate floral edge develops.
TASTE WITHOUT WATER: Sweet and creamy with ripe banana, orange zest, and milk chocolate flavours.
AROMA WITH WATER: Initially floral with violets, followed by hints of green pear and ripe banana. Soft tobacco notes are detected.
TASTE WITH WATER: Sweet with ripe banana and mango flavours. A delicate tobacco edge develops, complementing a lingering milk chocolate finish.
OWNER: TAKARA SHUZO CO LTD
WATER SOURCE: ALT-NA-FRITHE
Tomatin was the first Scottish distillery to be wholly owned by a Japanese company.
As late as 1956, only two stills were in operation, but by 1973, eleven - six wash and five spirit stills - produced the new-make spirit.
The seventies brought about a major expansion programme, the capacity was boosted to twenty-three stills, making Tomatin the biggest malt distillery in Scotland at that time, producing five million gallons annually.
During the Scotch whisky boom years - 1973 to 1984 - Tomatin's malt whisky was primarily used in blends.
When demand decreased in the early 1980s, eleven stills were ceased operation, and were eventually removed in 2000.
Today, with twelve stills in operation, Tomatin remains one of the largest malt distilleries in Scotland.