A very exciting and limited series of Tomatin.
Only 6000 bottles available worldwide of each expression.
For a short period only we are offering the the full collection of the five expressions.
This symbiosis - the ‘Five Virtues’ - is a concept synonymous with the age-old processes and materials employed by the distillery men. Water feeds wood; wood sustains fire; fire gives life to earth; earth yields metal; metal gathers water; and the cycle continues…
To celebrate the Five Virtues, leading artist, Eva Ullrich, has explored these interactions and their role in whisky production. The result is five striking artworks…and five unique expressions.
The Water Edition.
Fifth expression in the Five Virtue Series.
The fifth phase of this perpetual cycle is represented by naturally pure and soft water from the Alt-na-Frith burn. Drawn year-round, this is a private water source running right through the distillery grounds. This edition deliberately employs winter distilled spirit, where reduced contact with the copper stills enriches the final flavour.
Delightfully mature, fruity flavours. Hints of chocolate honeycomb and smooth toffee are complemented by rich blood orange marmalade. This is a warming whisky with a long and oily finish
Nose – Mature fruity flavours with chocolate honeycomb.
Taste – Rich toffee and marzipan with blood orange marmalade.
The Metal Edition.
Fourth expression in the Five Virtue Series.
The fourth phase of the cycle is represented by the twelve beautiful copper stills, through which every drop of Tomatin spirit flows. Unique in shape and size to Tomatin thus giving a very distinctive characteristic, the team have matched Metal with classic first fill Bourbon barrels which demonstrate the definitive Tomatin style.
Nose – Soft, creamy vanilla with sweet chocolate and Macadamia nuts.
Taste – Citrus notes come to the fore with sweet spices.
Finish – Typically Tomatin; soft, sweet and light.
The Earth Edition.
Third expression in the Five Virtue Series.
The Earth single malt has a distinct character, as a consequence of having been distilled with peat-dried malted barley; giving it richly intense and, unusually for Tomatin, peaty flavours - they only distil with peated barley for two weeks of every year and this spirit is never usually released under the Tomatin brand name. The Earth expression offers an alluring mix of vanilla, burning heather and black fruit aromas with sweet, light smoke on the palate..
Nose – An intriguing mix of vanilla, burning heather and black fruits with sweet light smoke.
Taste – Unlike any other Tomatin, a salty smokiness with burnt honey and kelp.
Finish – Complex and ever-changing; smoky and sweet.
The Fire Edition.
The second phase of the cycle is exhibited through maturation of this edition in heavily charred oak casks which, having been fired before previous use, were stripped then re-fired stimulating new, fresh vanilla flavours.
Nose –Creamy butterscotch with citrus and winter spices.
Taste –Sweet apple pie with a light dusting of cinnamon.
Finish –Slightly dry with a delicate spicy finish.
The Wood Edition.
The first, and most significant, virtue in the production cycle is embodied in this edition by the use of carefully selected French, American and Hungarian oak casks during maturation, representative of the many varieties of the 177,000 casks held in 14 warehouses
Reminiscent of a perfectly balanced Old Fashioned cocktail, with flavours of brown sugar, orange peel, soft vanilla and oaky spice. It is complex and round with a long, rich finish.
Nose –Complex and round, oaky spices with a warming toasted undertone.
Taste –Brown sugar, orange peel, soft vanilla and oaky spice; like a perfectly balanced old fashioned.
Finish –Long and round with rich spice.
Tasting Notes Courtesy of Tomatin Distillery.