In a nutshell: A clean, zingy and lightly peated limited edition Highland single malt matured in virgin oak casks.
The lowdown: For this Cù Bòcan limited edition expression, of which only 6,000 bottles were released, they used only virgin oak casks to achieve the result they desired. The outcome is clean and zingy with subtle hints of smoke and warm spice with citrus fruits on the nose and an oak driven vanilla creaminess underpinning the palate. The finish is rewardingly fresh and lively maikng it a very interesting variation on Cù Bòcan's house style.
Tomatin distillery was founded in 1897 near the village of the same name, south of Inverness, and is classed as a being a 'Highland' distillery.
Whilst it closed briefly not long after being founded it expanded through most of the twentieth century to have, at its peak, a total of 23 stills on site. In 1985 it was purchased by the Takara Shuzo company and, as such, was the first single malt distillery to be owned by a Japanese business.
Much of their production goes towards the various Antiquary blends as well as their own single malt bottlings. Independent bottlings are also quite often seen.
Cù Bòcan is a recent range they've launched of strictly limited edtion whiskies. For one week each year they switch to lightly peated barley, of which just 90,000 litres per annum is produced, to produce a subtle, distinctive and, unusually for highland distillieries, lightly peated single malts.