Thursday, March 30, 2023


The Tomatin Distillery, has today announced the launch of the latest limited-edition Creation bottling, from its Cù Bòcan range.

Cù Bòcan Creation #5 (46% ABV) is a single malt Scotch whisky, which was initially matured in American oak hogsheads, before being finished in Colombian Andean oak casks for just over a year.

Cù Bòcan Creation #5

This latest release from the Highlands based distillery, which is believed to be the first single malt Scotch whisky to have been matured in Colombian Andean Oak casks, had its casks sustainably sourced and logged high in the Cordillera region of the Andes Mountains.

Cù Bòcan, which is renowned for exploring innovative maturations, is distilled every winter at Tomatin Distillery in limited batches, and made with lightly peated Scottish barley. Its Creation series is said to push the boundaries of Scotch whisky with experimentation, whilst still paying homage to its protective heritage.

This isn't the time Cù Bòcan have experimented with a new cask type. For its Creation #2 bottling back in 2019, it was also the first to Japanese Shochu casks for maturation.

Commenting on the launch, Scott Adamson, Blender and Global Brands Ambassador at Tomatin, said: “Typically, we would consider one year to be quite a short finish, however the influence of the Andean Oak casks in that period was remarkable. The nose is incredibly herbaceous with aromas of ylang-ylang, carnation, eucalyptus before sweeter hints of white chocolate pralines and lemon sponge cake develop. The mix of Andean oak’s unique properties and Cù Bòcan’s light smoke has resulted in notes of toasted clove, smoked nutmeg, and creosote. To taste, the sweeter notes begin to interact more with the smoke and spice leading to flavours of campfire banana splits, cinder toffee and clove spiced vanilla. The herbal notes that were so prominent on the nose sit subtly in the background before a warming finish with gentle phenols and spice.”

Cù Bòcan Creation #5, will be available later this month from specialist retailers, for a RRP of £60.00.


Posted by Steve Rush