The fourth and final bottling in the series, Tomatin The Cognac Edition was matured for a total of 12 years. The whisky first aged in oak casks from 2008 to 2018, before being matured an additional two years in Cognac casks.
“The fourth and final release from Tomatin’s French Collection is the jewel in the crown,” said master distiller Graham Eunson. “The Cognac Edition, along with the rest of the collection, showcases our innovative dedication to the craft and excellence and is the perfect illustration of the art of comparative final maturation, a concept championed by Tomatin in the Cuatro series released in 2014, which was also very well received.
“We have been overjoyed by the response from the whisky community to the earlier releases, and by introducing the Cognac finish as the final edition, we hope to attract a wider audience to our unique concept allowing them to better understand the art of cask maturation.”
On the nose, the whisky offers aromas of lavender, fresh fruit, and Scottish heather. The palate features hints of cranberry, orange zest, and rose water. The finish is long with notes of Earl Grey tea and poached pears.
The first three expressions in Tomatin’s French Collection were The Monbazillac Edition, The Sauternes Edition, and The Rivesaltes Edition. To support the launch of The Cognac Edition, Tomatin has released the final part of an immersive four-part campaign on its website.
Visitors to the website will discover “stunning’” visuals and an innovative soundboard using ambisonics, which has been designed to transport the viewer to the whisky’s beginnings through binaural sound.
Tomatin The Cognac Edition sits at 46% ABV and will retail for £65 ($90 USD) per 700ml bottle. It will be available to purchase through Tomatin’s online shop and specialist retailers.