Tomatin 12 Year French Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Tomatin Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made from plump, Scottish barley. After the barley is harvested, it is mashed and fermented before being distilled twice through Tomatin's copper-pot stills. The stills have a round, flat shape that gives the whisky a rounder and sweeter flavor profile, notes Douglas Campbell, Tomatin's master distiller. Campbell, who beganworking at the distillery in 1961, joined Tomatin as an accountant, doing clerical work. "After that, the managing director, John McDonald, took me under his wing and gave me the chance to work in different parts of the distillery. I did mashing for three or four years, distilling for a couple of years, worked in the warehouses. Eventually, I was one of the charge hands getting casks ready for dispatch."
Campbell has over fifty years of experience at Tomatin Distillery. "My father worked here as a cooper, my wife worked here for 10 years as secretary for the managing director, and my son works here now in the warehouse. I was born in Tomatin, I belong to Tomatin."
Once Campbell has distilled the whisky, Tomatin 12 Year Old French Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky is matured for nine years in ex-bourbon hogshead casks before spending an additional three years in French oak casks sourced from European cooperages including Lafite, Vicard and Seguin Moreau. These special casks, which previously contained wine from Bacalhoa winery (formerly owned by Rothschild), were then de-charred and re-charred before being filled with Tomatin whisky.