The Journeyman #1: Tomatin Cask Strength

Join our own Chris Chambers and the Tomatin global brand ambassador Scott Adamson as they discuss this month's Journeyman bottle.


The Tomatin Distillery lies 25 miles south of Inverness, the capital of the Highlands of Scotland.  Established in 1897, it has long been an unsung hero of the whisky industry as an important component of many successful blends.  From the 2000's onwards however they have been working hard to bring the quality of its Single Malt to the fore, with the latest refresh of the range coming in 2016.  Its house style tends towards medium-to-full-bodied, with a balance of spice and sweetness.

The Tomatin Cask Strength is one of the new additions to the range, matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks and bottled at 57.5% ABV.  Despite this high strength this whisky is deceptively drinkable, though you would be wise to not operate heavy machinery after a couple of glasses!  It is often preferred by connoisseurs to try such whisky neat at first, then adjust with water to your tastes.  Whichever way you end up preferring, this is a fantastic example of this excellent distillery.


A wonderful opening of a caramel-drenched dessert, with some subtle spice backing up that initial sweet impact.


Spiced apple pie, in liquid form!  Hints of white chocolate may be found with a few drops of water.


Spice gives way to that sweetness found throughout the rest of the dram.  One to savour for sure.