Tomatin Contrast (46% ABV) contains two 350ml bottles each containing a vatting of casks from 1973, 1977, 1988, 1991, 2002 and 2006. One of the vattings being from ex-Bourbon casks and the other from ex-Sherry casks.
The Bourbon vatting is said to deliver notes of golden syrup, honey, lemon, almonds and vanilla on the nose, with notes of pineapple chunks, raspberries and icing sugar on the palate. Whilst the Sherry vatting is said to deliver notes of toffee-apple crumble, Christmas pudding and raisins on the nose, with notes of cinnamon, cloves, peppercorns and thick cut marmalade on the palate.
Commenting on the release of the Tomatin Contrast pack, Graham Eunson, Distillery Manager, said: “It is well accepted that up to 70% of the final flavour of Scotch whisky is derived from the cask it was matured in. We wanted to directly compare the effect of different casks on the same whisky - the actual contrast between these two whiskies is far greater than we had anticipated. These are two incredible whiskies which consumers will enjoy comparing side by side in their own home.”
Limited to 5,400 packs Tomatin Contrast will be available from specialist retailers for a RRP of £99.99.
Tomatin has also announced the release of the third and final bottling in its Cù Bòcan series, with the launch of The Bourbon edition.
The Sherry Edition was released in 2014 and the Virgin Oak Edition earlier this year. Fully matured in first fill Bourbon casks, The Bourbon Edition (46% ABV) is described as being rich and creamy with hints of smoke and sweet citrus.
Limited to 6,000 bottles The Bourbon Edition will be available worldwide (except USA) through specialist retailers for a RRP of £49.99.
Source: Tomatin Distillery Co Ltd