Tomatin completes Five Virtues series

by Melita Kiely

Highland Scotch whisky distillery Tomatin has released the final two expressions in its Five Virtues series: Metal and Water.

Tomatin took inspiration from the elements wood, fire, earth, metal and water to create the Five Virtues series, with only 6,000 bottles of each variant released globally. The Metal whisky is also a nod to the distillery’s 12 copper stills and has been matured in first-fill Bourbon barrels. It is said to have flavours of vanilla, milk chocolate, marshmallows, ice cream and sweet spices. Tomatin’s Water bottling is inspired by the Alt-na-Frith burn, which is the distillery’s private water source. It has been aged in ex-Sherry butts to give notes of chocolate honeycomb, toffee and blood orange marmalade. Both whiskies are bottled at 46% abv in keeping with the rest of the series, and have an RRP of £49.99 (US$70) per 700ml. Graham Eunson, distillery general manager, said: “During the cold winter months at Tomatin, the spirit vapours have less contact with the condensers during the distillation process and are therefore turned back into liquid form far quicker. “In the Water expression, a winter-distilled spirit, this results in a slightly heavier and fuller spirit, which when combined with its Sherry cask maturation, gives a great, full-bodied whisky. “The Metal expression, meanwhile, uses Bourbon barrels, which really accentuate Tomatin’s house style; light, sweet and fruity.”