Planet Whiskies :: Scottish Single Malt Whisky, Scotch, Distilleries, American Bourbon, Japanese, Irish

World-Wide Whisky News by Planet Whiskies | Buy your whisky online

To advertise on Planet Whiskies visit our contact us page

Tomatin Distillery Tour by Planet Whiskies

Tomatin Distillery - Warehouses and distillery buildings

Planet Whiskies Tour around Tomatin Single Highland Malt Distillery

The Planet Whiskies team have been to a number of distilleries over the years, but today was the chance to go to a very special distillery. We have mentioned this distillery on Planet Whiskies many times and have published all their recent new whisky releases and world-wide awards they have received.  Today we were going to Tomatin and could not wait to see inside this famous Scottish distillery.

Tomatin Distillery is located only 15 or so miles away from Inverness on the A9 and is right on the whisky border of the Highland and Speyside regions with Tomatin being located in the Highlands.  It is 315 metres about sea level and is one of the highest distilleries in the Scotland. The distillery itself in on the eastern edge of the Monadhliath Mountains and you feel as if you are in a remote part of Scotland when looking towards the hills that surround the distillery.

View around the famous Tomatin Distillery One of the Tomatin Signs that are around the distillery

As the Planet Whiskies team turn off the A9 and head towards the distillery we could feel the excitement building. We passed the large sign saying Tomatin Single Highland Malt and carried along the narrow road, driving passed the many warehouses full to the brim with maturing whisky. We also passed what we guessed were distillery workers' homes and this was later confirmed on our tour of the facilities.

After parking the car we had a stroll around taking photos of the signs that are scattered about the premises and the big buildings. We then headed to the Tomatin whisky shop where the whisky tasting would happen later and we were welcomed by Fiona who has worked at the Tomatin for 8 years.

Watching the Tomatin DVD

After we received the warmest welcome we sat down in front of a large T.V and Fiona put on a DVD all about the distillery and its history. The DVD was extremely interesting and told us about the early history of Tomatin and how it started in the 15th century with Illicit stills. It was not until 1897 that today's distillery was built and it has not changed much over the 117 year history.

After the short video was over Fiona took us out of the whisky shop and tasting area and took us down the road and across to the main building for producing the Tomatin malt whisky brands. It was a lovely April day, but there was a strong wind circling the distillery and a slight chill in the air. But as soon as we all entered the building  the chill was gone and we were greeted by a lovely heat and smell of the barley in the air.

Tomatin Distillery Visitor Tour

As we walked along the insides of the building we all had a general chat about the area of Tomatin and it was then that it was confirmed that the houses that we saw when coming up to the distillery were workers houses. Fiona went on to say Tomatin is a community as well as a distillery and is one of the last distilleries in Scotland to provide housing for their staff and at present there are around 25 families living on the 140 acre estate. We also talked about the weather in Tomatin and over the winter months and how in 2014 it was one of the mildest winters with very little snow compared to usual. Normally the staff can be trapped around the distillery for weeks and this is why it is important for the workers to live and work in the distillery grounds. We also talked about the water supply that is used in Tomatin malts and Fiona told us it is a water source called Alt-na Frith which means "Free Burn".

Half way along the distillery building we stopped and Fiona showed us containers filled with barley and what it changes into at the beginning of the process of making the Tomatin award winning highland malts. She explained the whole process to us in the way Tomatin does the malting, mashing, fermentation and distillation and then took us to see all the different parts of the distillery where these processes were actioned. These areas of the distillery she took us to including mashing room which was an amazing sight, the still house which has 12 stills and one of the warehouse filled with the Tomatin brand maturing away in their barrels.

Tomain Distillery - Where the malt barley is processThe tour of the facilities at Tomatin was excellent and you really got a sense of what the distillery is about. As we paced around the building it was very interesting to see how the whisky was made and the machines that are used to do this. When you think about the malt barley that we see at the start of the tour, going through all the processes like the mashing room and vaporising through the stills to produce alcohol before being matured for years and hopefully becoming one of the famous award winning Tomatin malt in the future, you start to realise the amount of time and effect that goes into every single process of whisky making.

Every process is as important as the next one to make sure the malt you process is to the highest quality as only this would be acceptable to use within the Tomatin brand.

Tour Tasting at Tomatin Distillery

The tour was now coming to an end, but we still had the whisky tasting to come and this was one of the highlights of the visit to distillery that all whisky drinkers love - trying out the whiskies. We got back to the shop and headed over to the bar area at the back of the building.

Inside the shop and tasting area at Tomatin

The first malt we receive was the superb Tomatin 12 year old which had been married exclusively in Spanish sherry butts before bottling. The 12 year had a lovely rich taste and produced a long and satisfying finish.

Next on the list was the Tomatin 18 year old and this one was married for a short period in distinctive Spanish Oloroso sherry cask. It also went down extremely well and was packed full of lovely flavours and was smooth to consume. It was one of those malts that you just did not want it to end, but like all good drams they must.

As we walked about the shop again taking more photos and picking up a few more Tomatin malts for later on we discussed more details with Fiona about the other malts on offer like the Legacy and the 30 year old. Finally we spoke about Cu Bocan the only peated malt in the Tomatin range.
The core range that the Tomatin distillery produce are one of the finest collections of malts you can find and if you have not tried Tomatin yet you don't know what your missing.

Finally we said all the goodbyes to the staff at Tomatin and made our way out of the distillery gates. We really enjoyed our tour around the distillery and the staff at Tomatin are first class with an excellent knowledge relating to everything you need to know about this Highland whisky brand.

Planet Whiskies would like to thank Tomatin DistilleryGraham Eunson -Master Distillery at Tomatin Distillery

Planet Whiskies would like to thank everyone for their help in setting up this distillery tour and also the warm welcome we received on the day of the tour.

We also have a special page on Planet Whiskies where we had a email interview with the master distiller of Tomatin - Graham Eunson. You can read what Graham had to stay about the Scottish Whisky Industry and other aspects of Tomatin - Graham Eunson Q&A's

Below are more details about visitor tours and times for the visitor centre and shop. If you are in the area Tomatin Distillery is a must to be visited. It provides you with the process of a malt whisky journey and shows you all their brands which are produced in this very active distillery.

Visitor Centre & Gift Shop

Summer Hours in operation until Sunday 26th October 2014:
Monday to Saturday: 10am to 5pm ~~ Sunday: 12.30pm to 4.30pm
(tours only available on Sundays during June, July & August)

Winter Hours in operation from Monday 27th October 2014 - Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm

Tomatin Distillery Tour Information

Please note that we do not have scheduled tour times so we can accommodate visitors at all times of the day - the latest tour will depart at 4pm. Please allow yourself an hour at the distillery in order to watch the audio visual presentation and take a tour and tasting. To reserve a tour please phone (+44)1463 248144 and speak to one of our team at the Visitor Centre. Our maximum tour size is 10 persons so we can guarantee a small friendly tour therefore we recommend booking at all times.

The Legacy Tour:
Over 18s £6.00   /   Under 18s £2.00
You can explore our distillery with this intimate tour which will give you an insight into how we produce our award winning whisky. After the tour you will return to the Visitor Centre to try three of our famous Tomatin Single Malt Whiskies (tastings only for over 18s).

Taste of Tomatin Tour (Over 18s only):
£10.00 with tour   /   £8.00 without tour

For the distillery connoisseur we can offer an enhanced Tomatin experience with a tutored tasting of six Tomatin expressions, including two distillery exclusive cask strength whiskies and our new make spirit. Subject to availability. Read more about Tomatin Distillery on their website.

Below are just four of Tomatin Single Malt range available to buy. If you want to see the more - Click Here

Tomatin 18 Year Old Single Malt WhiskyTomatin 18 Year Old Single Malt Whisky ~ 46% ~ 75cl

Region: Highlands  ~  Type:   Scottish Single Malt Whisky



Buy Now for £75.55
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change

Tomatin 21 Year Old Single Malt WhiskyTomatin 21 Year Old Single Malt Whisky ~ 53% ~ 70cl

Region: Highlands  ~  Type:   Scottish Single Malt Whisky



Buy Now for £125.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change

Tomatin 10 Year Old Single Malt Whisky - Bottled 1970'sTomatin 10 Year Old Single Malt Whisky - Bottled 1970's ~ 40% ~ 75cl

Region: Highlands  ~  Type:   Scottish Single Malt Whisky

Scottish Single Malt from the Tomatin Distillery in the Scottish Highlands. This malt is a collectors item bottled 1970's. It was matured for 10 years and bottled by the distillery.

Buy Now for £175.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change

Tomatin 5 Year Old Single Malt Whisky - Bottled 1980sTomatin 5 Year Old Single Malt Whisky - Bottled 1980s ~ 43% ~ 75cl

Region: Highlands  ~  Type:   Scottish Single Malt Whisky



Buy Now for £110.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change

Read a Q&A's from Graham Eunson - Master Distillery at Tomatin Distillery

See the range of malts at Tomatin

Read more about The Tomatin Distillery

 

Planet Whiskies on Twitter
Planet Whiskies on Facebook
Planet Whiskies on Pinterest

Subscribe to Planet Whiskies newsletter

* indicates required


Loch Fyne Whiskies

Loch Fyne Whiskies

Have you seen all the whisky specials on offer at Loch Fyne Whiskies in Inveraray? All orders placed have next day delivery. Click to discover all these fantastic offers... Read More

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

Latest Whisky News

See all whisky press releases for 2019

Balcones Distilling Launches New Texas Pot Still Bourbon

Balcones Distilling Launches New Texas Pot Still Bourbon

WACO, TEXAS: Balcones Distilling has today announced the launch of its Texas Pot Still Bourbon as the newest addition to the distillery’s core lineup of expressions. Read more

Wemyss Malts launches new website and Cask Club with an exclusive 35 year old Caol Ila

Wemyss Malts launches new website and Cask Club with an exclusive 35 year old Caol Ila

Family whisky makers Wemyss Malts have relaunched wemyssmalts.com, a brand new website offering whisky fans the chance to join the Wemyss Malts Cask Club. Membership offers access to unique bottlings released solely to the members as well as preview purchases of the latest malt whisky releases. Read more

Exclusive Interview with Paul McDonagh owner of Bon Accord: Glasgow Whisky Bar

Paul McDonagh owner of Bon Accord

It’s a pub that I have been into many times in the past, even before my passion for whisky took over. So, when I got the opportunity to meet the owner of “Bon Accord”, Paul McDonagh, I jumped at the chance. Read more

100,000 bottles of rare whisky sold at UK auction in 2018 - Value of rare whisky bottles sold at UK auction exceeds £40m

Rare Whisky 101 co-founders Andy Simpson and David Robertson

Rare Whisky 101 co-founders Andy Simpson and David Robertson

The UK’s rare whisky auction market has exceeded sales of more than 100,000 bottles of rare whisky in a single year for the first time as global demand accelerates. Read more

New Irish Whiskey With A French Connection Writers' Tears Copper Pot Deau XO Cognac Cask Finish

New Irish Whiskey With A French Connection Writers' Tears Copper Pot Deau XO Cognac Cask Finish

Carlow, Ireland: 5 February, 2019:  Walsh Whiskey has released Writers’ Tears Copper Pot - Deau XO Cognac Cask Finish, a super-premium edition of its universally popular Writers’ Tears Copper Pot Irish whiskey. It is the fourth expression released under the Writers’ Tears range. Read more

Stars align for launch of Littlemill 40 Year Old Celestial Edition

Stars align for launch of Littlemill 40 Year Old Celestial Edition

Loch Lomond Group has launched the Littlemill 40 Year Old Celestial Edition (46.8% ABV) in the UK, the oldest expression ever to be released from the now lost Littlemill distillery. Read more

Great Whiskies Website

Buy Whisky online go to Great Whiskies (Planet Whiskies sister website)

Planet Gin Website

To read all the Latest Gin News. please go to our sister website - www.planetgin.com

VisitScotland Interactive Whisky Guide

Visit Scotland Interactive Whisky Map

Found out about 105 whisky distilleries in Scotland's five whisky regions in this very exciting interactive whisky guide :: More information

Some Scottish Whisky Available to Buy Online

SMWS 24.87 20 Year Old 1985 Single Malt Whisky
SMWS 24.87 20 Year Old 1985 Single Malt Whisky ~ 55.4% ~ 70cl

Region: Speyside  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £1,100.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


Noh Karuizawa 32 Year Old 1977 Cask 4592 Single Malt Whisky
Noh Karuizawa 32 Year Old 1977 Cask 4592 Single Malt Whisky ~ 60.7% ~ 70cl

Region: Japanese  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £5,895.94
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


Bunnahabhain 36 Year Old 1980 - Canasta Cask Finish Single Malt Whisky
Bunnahabhain 36 Year Old 1980 - Canasta Cask Finish Single Malt Whisky ~ 49.5% ~ 70cl

Region: Islay  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £1,750.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


Dallas Dhu 36 Year Old 1971 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing) Single Malt Whisky
Dallas Dhu 36 Year Old 1971 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing) Single Malt Whisky ~ 46.2% ~ 70cl

Region: Speyside  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £450.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


Caol Ila 32 Year Old 1984 (cask 6103) - Gordon & MacPhail Single Malt Whisky
Caol Ila 32 Year Old 1984 (cask 6103) - Gordon & MacPhail Single Malt Whisky ~ 52.7% ~ 70cl

Region: Islay  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £464.23
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


Fettercairn 40 Year Old Single Malt Whisky
Fettercairn 40 Year Old Single Malt Whisky ~ 48.9% ~ 70cl

Region: Highland  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £3,000.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


Caol Ila 20 Year Old 1990 (The Syndicate) Single Malt Whisky
Caol Ila 20 Year Old 1990 (The Syndicate) Single Malt Whisky ~ 53.7% ~ 70cl

Region: Islay  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £350.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


Dailuaine 30 Year Old 1973 (cask 14739) - First Cask Single Malt Whisky
Dailuaine 30 Year Old 1973 (cask 14739) - First Cask Single Malt Whisky ~ 46% ~ 70cl

Region: Speyside  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £350.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


The Macallan 18 Year Old 1970 Single Malt Whisky
The Macallan 18 Year Old 1970 Single Malt Whisky ~ 43% ~ 75cl

Region: Speyside  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £3,500.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


Dalmore 12 Year Old (Old Bottling) Single Malt Whisky
Dalmore 12 Year Old (Old Bottling) Single Malt Whisky ~ 40% ~ 76cl

Region: Highland  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £350.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


Planet Whiskies on Pinterest

Planet Whiskies on Twitter