New malt is all on red

Tomatin’s Moscatel finished expression

HIGHLAND malt distillery Tomatin has continued its tradition of giving some of its whiskies a red wine finish with the release of a new expression aged in Portuguese Moscatel barriques.

The limited edition single malt, which was distilled in 2003, is non-chill filtered, has been aged for 15 years, the last five of which were in first-fill Moscatel barrels.

The process is said to impart notes of toasted almonds, oranges and figs, giving the 46% ABV whisky a “sweet and creamy” finish.

The distillery has previously finished malts in a range of casks that include port and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Tomatin’s distillery manager, Graham Eunson, said: “This full-bodied and intense single malt may be unusual as it is finished in first-fill Moscatel barriques, however this really accentuates what Tomatin whiskies are known for being: smooth, light, sweet and fruity.”