April 24, 2014 – Tomatin is making a major change to its core range of Highland Single Malt Scotch Whiskies, with two new additions replacing two longtime parts of the lineup. The distillery is releasing a new 14-year-old Port Cask-finished single malt, along with a 1988 vintage malt. The two malts will replace the existing 15 and 30-year-old expressions in the Tomatin core range, which will include the Tomatin Legacy (no age statement), 12, and 18-year old malts.
The 1988 Vintage uses a combination of ex-Bourbon and Port casks, and will be released in batches. Batch #1 will have 2,500 bottles at 46% ABV and be available worldwide with a recommended retail price of £159.99 GBP ($250 USD).
The new Tomatin 14-year-old was matured for 13 years in ex-Bourbon casks, then filled into Portuguese Port pipes that had previously been used to mature Tawny Port for more than 30 years. It is bottled at 46% ABV, and will carry a recommended retail price of £48.99 GBP ($55 USD for 750ml bottles) per 70cl bottle.
In addition, Tomatin has made a change in the bottling strength for its 12-year-old single malt, raising it to 43% ABV from the previous 40% strength.
For an interview with Tomatin Distillery Manager Graham Eunson, listen to Episode 469 of WhiskyCast.