Single Malt Connoisseurs Club


Members of our buyers' club share an enthusiasm for the malt elixir in the most practical way, by saving time and money. No initiation or fees of any sort are charged. We simply ask that you undertake to remain in the club for the period of one year. As a club member you will receive a carefully selected, often unique bottling, complete with background information, shipped directly to your home or office every other month. The first club, the Single Malt Connoisseurs' Club, has a limit of $84.99, per shipment usually less, on the cost of the bottle itself. (Does not include tax and or shipping)

In January 2015 our members received: 

Tomatin 1994 10 year old Exclusive Malts Bottling

This month’s club comes to us from one of the highest elevation distilleries in Scotland, and one that has traditionally not been that well represented as a single malt on shop shelves. Tomatin distillery can trace its history back to the 15th century with an illicit still on the site of the current distillery, with an official founding in1897. The distillery has mostly been content with its stills quietly and consistently producing Single Malt for use in blends, primarilyAntiquary and Talisman. This though is beginning to change with more focus on their single malt offerings, and we are quite happy to help put Tomatin on your radar.

The history of Tomatin, at least according to the prehistory that all Scottish distilleries seem to dabble in, is that beginning in the 15th century cattle drovers stopped off at the Lord’s house at the site of the current distillery for a tipple from the still as they moved from the Lowlands to the Highlands. A modern day drover can do much the same as the main highway of Scotland runs right by, connecting Edinburgh and Inverness. The official start of the distillery was in the heady days of the whisky boom ofthe 90s— 1890s that is. As with most players that began in those Go Go times, the boom led to a bust, and Tomatin was mothballed from 1906 to 1909. From when the distillery was reopened in 1909 through the next forty five years, time passed uneventfully for the two stills of Tomatin on the edge of the Monadhliath Mountains.

In the 1950s production was substantially increased with the addition of four stills by 1958. This was the time of the rise of Blended Whisky and Tomatin was just getting started with its expansion. By1964 five more stills were added for a odd total of 11. By the early 1970s the number of stills had grown to 23, and Tomatin had become the largest distillery in Scotland with total production in 1974 at 12 million liters of spirit. These lofty production numbers represented the high water mark at Tomatin and were perhaps too high for the market to bear as Tomatin was bought out of liquidation by a Japanese consortium in 1985.

Things have smoothed out over the last three decades under the Japanese management. The current head of operations has scaled back production and eleven stills were removed in 2002. Currently Tomatin is producing a more manageable flow of new make spirit, and spending morecare with an ever increasing range of Single Malt bottlings. The water still comes, as it has for a century,from the Alt-na-Frith (free burn), but some things do change for the better as Tomatin just invested in a biomass boiler to be more green in their mountain home.This Exclusive Malts bottling Tomatin 10 year old is lightly sherried, and is reminiscent of a Sauternes Barre lAged whisky. The nose show cases aromas of light sweet spices, golden apples, and pear notes. This is a young and boisterous Scotch, so a touch of water does help bring out the aromas and flavors. The palate is presentand does show its youth with fresh cereal grain, some oak, leather, and candied butterscotch flavors. Young,fun, and we hope an enjoyable companion glass during these long nights of winter. Enjoy!