Tomatin Distillery

Region: Highlands,  Scotland, IV13 7YT

Founded: 1897

Status: Operational

Owner: Takara Shuzo Co. Ltd

Water source: Alt-na-Frith Burn

Output: 5 million litres per annum


Although it is thought that whisky has been distilled on the site since the 16th century, when cattle drivers would buy from a local still,[1] the distillery was not established until 1897, under the name of Tomatin Spey Distillery Co Ltd. The company went bankrupt in 1906, and reopened under new ownership in 1909. After the liquidation of its owners in 1986, it was taken over by Japanese conglomerate Takara Shuzo and was renamed Tomatin Distillery Co Ltd.

The distillery operated with only two stills until 1958. Starting at that time, they began to add stills to increase production capacity, eventually reaching production of twelve million litres of whisky per year during the 1970s. Although in 1987 Tomatin was referred to as the largest malt distillery in Scotland,[2] stills have been dismantled since the mid-1980s, bringing their total capacity to just over five million litres, though as of 2007, they were only producing 2.5 million litres.

Around eighty percent of Tomatin’s whisky goes into blended whisky, including its own brands of Antiquary and Talisman. The distillery, as of late, has been making an effort to bolster its name as a producer of single malts and is expanding its core range. In 2003, Tomatin’s basic 10-year-old malt was replaced by the 12-year-old. In 2009, a 15 Year was added to the line-up, which also includes an 18-year-old and a 25-year-old. Other limited releases are often made, including a 30-year, a 40-year and single-cask offerings. Recently, the distillery has begun to produce a lightly peated single malt called Cu Bocan.




Our Visit:  April 2011 & November 2014 WOLS Highland Trip 2014


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Tomatin whisky reviews:

  • Cù Bòcan The Sherry Edition (46%, OB, 2015) - Cù Bòcan – The Sherry Edition Highland single malt scotch whisky 46% ABV, £45 for 70cl Score: 83/100   What they say: Cù Bòcan is matured in a combination of Sherry, Virgin […]
  • tomatin-cu-bocan-whisky Tomatin Cù Bòcan (46%, OB, Peated, 2013) - Whisky Review: Tomatin Cù Bòcan Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky Origin: Tomatin Distillery Bottling: Takara Shuzo ABV: 46%  Cost: £34.43 buy from Master of Malt   What they say: Lightly peated […]