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Issue 126 - Tomatin: The Sleeping Giant

Whisky Magazine Issue 126
March 2015


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Tomatin: The Sleeping Giant

Single malt unleashed at Tomatin

Even its most loyal devotees would admit that when it comes to aesthetics, Tomatin distillery is no Strathisla or Edradour. The somewhat industrial nature of the distillery buildings contrasts with the magnificently wild landscape that surrounds it. You may only be a few hundred yards from the main Inverness to Perth A9 road, but there is a real sense of remoteness about the place.

Tomatin may not be Scotland's prettiest distillery, but the old adage never to judge a book by its cover certainly applies here, as more and more consumers are discovering the virtues of its single malt.

Distillery manager Graham Eunson declares that, “Tomatin was a sleeping giant, and we are working now to unleash its potential as a single malt, rather than as a blend ‘filler,' as had previously been the case. When I came here I liked the idea of a brand with potential, one that had been underestimated. Tomatin is way better than a ‘bulk' malt for blending.”

Orkney-born Eunson has been at Tomatin since August 2011, and he explains that, “This is my fifth distillery. I started at Scapa and when that was mothballed I moved to Glendronach, but that was mothballed too. I then moved from Allied Distillers to Glenmorangie, and that distillery was just too successful for me to get closed down!

“I spent 12 years at Glenmorangie before going to Glenglassaugh to work on the project to restore the distillery to working order after it had been closed for 22 years. I got that to where they wan...

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