Tomatin Decades II Limited Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
Decades II, the new single malt that celebrates 50 years of excellence at Tomatin Distillery.This unique expression is a marriage of 21 casks, selected from key years throughout the last five decades.
As with the original Decades expression (released in 2011 to mark previous Distillery Manager, Douglas Campbell's lifetime commitment to the distillery), Decades II combines some of the best whisky from Tomatin’s history, with each decade contributing a new flavour sensation.
Refill bourbon hogsheads: distilled on 23/02/1973, 10/07/1975 and 23/09/1977
Decades II’s robust flavour began by maturing in refill hogshead barrels. The malt has taken on very little oak influence, which has allowed the air and liquid in the casks to interact and develop a wide array of tropical fruit flavours.
Finished in first fill oloroso sherry butts: distilled on 02/12/1988
This 80s malt is sweet, fresh and has been finished for over three years in 1st fill Oloroso Sherry Butts, resulting in a whisky reminiscent of aged Cognac. It complements the fruity notes of the previous casks by contributing tones of aged leather, polished oak and dark roast coffee to the finished expression.
First fill bourbon barrels: distilled on 04/10/1995
Although well into its twenties, the characteristics of golden syrup and freshly baked pastries help make this bold malt stand up to the older casks. The use of 1st fill Bourbon Barrels adds subtle spices and a layer of overall warmth to the expression, as well as being the source of Decades II’s long, waxy finish.
Re-charred Verdejo wine barrels: distilled on 28/01/2000 and 05/06/2009
Post 2000, Tomatin began to experiment with a wider variety of casks. The malt used from the 2000s onwards has been matured in Verdejo wine casks that have been re-charred to harness the full influence of the French oak. This flavour journey compliments the addition of the 1990s bourbon cask, adding additional notes of spice as well as a sweetness to the malt.
Second fill French oak barrels: distilled on 14/03/2013
The young Tomatin from this second fill cask imparts the fantastic distillery character to Decades II. Fresh green fruits and malty characteristics are at the fore with subtle spices and toffee in the background, resulting in a vivacious malt to balance the flavours of the older casks.
A limited edition run yielding 3,600 bottles worldwide.