Global demand for single malts has never been higher, says Tomatin

21 March 2017

Scotch whisky distiller Tomatin has launched a limited-edition single malt series in response to unprecedented demand.

'Global demand for single malt has never been higher,' Stephen Bremner, Tomatin sales director told Imbibe.

In an attempt to satisfy this demand, the Tomatin team has produced Five Virtues – a 6,000 bottle limited run of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. The five single malts include heavily charred oak, bourbon barrels and, unusually for Tomatin, peated malt.

'With a wider variety of consumers now being exposed to single malt, we felt that it was appropriate to offer a range that was perhaps a little more contemporary than some of our previous releases,' Bremner added.

Wood has been aged in French, American and Hungarian-oak casks, while Fire is matured in heavily charred oak, simulating fresh vanilla flavours.

Earth is said to exhibit rich and intense peaty flavours as a consequence of maturing in peat-dried malted barley casks and Metal is expressed by the distillery's 12 copper stills. Water is distinguished by its naturally pure soft water from the Alt na Frith burn, which is drawn year round but employs a winter-distilled spirit to enrich the final flavour.

'As our brand grows we are increasingly inspired by global concepts and the Five Virtues series was born out of this inspiration,' added Jennifer Masson, Tomatin marketing manager. 'We wanted to release a creative limited edition series focusing on the effects of different cask maturations, while linking it to a wider concept.'

The Wood and Fire expressions can be enjoyed now, from £49.99, while Earth, Metal and Water will be released later this year.

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