Tomatin debuts TR-exclusive 16-year-old Scotch

by Alice Brooker

Highland distillery Tomatin has introduced a travel retail-exclusive 16-year-old Scotch whisky, matured in Portuguese Moscatel wine barriques.

The 16-year-old has been added to the global travel retail range, which comprises: Tomatin 8 Years Old, matured in Bourbon and Sherry casks; the 12-year-old, a one-litre iteration of Tomatin’s flagship malt whisky; the 21-year-old, matured in Bourbon barrels; and the 40-year-old, an oloroso Sherry cask-aged expression.  Graham Nicolson, sales director at Tomatin, said: “Our travel retail range showcases the unrivalled variety of casks we have to offer. We are constantly striving to push the boundaries within our portfolio and our global travel retail range is no exception. "The distinctive cask maturation of this 16-year-old expression is an impressive and welcome addition to the range.” Notes of traditional orange marmalade, sun dried fruits, dark chocolate and a hint of fresh ginger can be found on the palate, while the finish is described as long and waxy.  Bottled at 46% ABV, the 700ml bottling retails for RRP €90 (US$101.74), and is available in select travel retail outlets globally.    In October last year, Tomatin lost a lawsuit against a local company’s move to name a hotel development after its namesake Scottish village. In recent travel retail news, The Spirits Business explored how the sector is recovering after being hit by the effects of the pandemic.