Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

Whisky review: Tomatin Highland Single Malt, Scotland

Rating
92.00
Price
$56.70

Up around Inverness in the Scottish Highlands stands Tomatin, a low-profile single-malt whisky distillery that we're likely to hear more from in future. Until slightly more than a decade ago it was strongly geared to producing anonymous whisky destined for blending into some of Scotland's best-known big brands, including Johnnie Walker, Chivas Regal, J&B and Ballantine's. And it made a lot, claiming to be the largest malt Scotch whisky producer in the 1970s. Japanese-owned since 1986, it has been shifting toward a stronger focus on premium Tomatin-branded single malts. This 12-year-old excels for its price. Lightly sherried and round, it's richly malty and fruity with a solid note of smoky peat and nuance of nuttiness. Substantial yet smooth; $65.99 in B.C., various prices in Alberta, $54.99 in Nova Scotia.

Report an error Editorial code of conduct Licensing Options
As of December 20, 2017, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. We hope to have this resolved by the end of January 2018. Thank you for your patience. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to feedback@globeandmail.com. If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to letters@globeandmail.com.