Tomatin, the award-winning Highland whisky distillery has announced its oldest expression will be on display in Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, with Schiphol Airport Retail, a joint venture between the travel retailer Gebr. Heinemann and the Royal Schiphol Group. The whisky will be available exclusively at the airport’s “Exquisite Shop”, a unique destination for the finest wine, spirits and cigars.
Following 50 years of maturation at the distillery, the deep-honey coloured expression has been bottled in its most natural form, yielding just 70 special bottles at 45.3% abv, and was released in December 2018 retailing at several thousand pounds.
The whisky, finished in a first fill Oloroso Sherry Butt, cask number 35817, is encased within an individually numbered, handblown Glencairn crystal decanter. The decanter is luxuriously presented within a striking Italian crafted wooden box, furnished with soft, premium Italian leather. Sealed with a wooden transit cork, an engraved, solid brass gold-plated and glass stopper is also provided. Each box comes with an individually-numbered book, hand-signed by Distillery Manager, Graham Eunson. Finally, a premium leather carry bag completes the presentation.
Tomatin have spent the last few years voyaging into the world of duty free, having launched a series of new and exclusive whiskies, available now in airports across Europe. The age statement collection comprises the distillery’s flagship 12 year old and three travel retail exclusive editions: an 8 year old, a 15 year old and a rare 40 year old vintage. The Travel Retail range recently swept the board at the San Francisco World Spirit competition, taking home three double golds and one gold award.
Graham Nicolson, Sales Director of Tomatin Distillery has said: “It is with great pleasure that we announce the arrival of our oldest expression – the Tomatin 50 Year Old – to Schiphol Airport. This special expression has been quietly resting for half a century and it will be wonderful to see it presented in all its glory within Schiphol Airport Retail’s travel retail space.”
The Tomatin 50 Year Old will also be available from Istanbul Airport at a later date. Unifree Duty Free and Heinemann unveiled five stores at the new Istanbul Airport which opened fully on March 3rd. Speaking of their expansion, Istanbul New Airport CEO Kadri Samsunlu said: “We will not only provide a service at Istanbul Airport but also promote our country and, most importantly, promote Istanbul. We are happy to gather strong domestic and international brands and people across the world in our commercial space.”
Following 50 years of maturation here at the Tomatin Distillery, this whisky has been bottled in its most natural form yielding just 70 special bottles.
CASK NO: 35817
CASK TYPE: 1ST FILL OLOROSO SHERRY BUTT
STRENGTH: 45.3% ALC./VOL.
DISTILLED ON: 24TH NOVEMBER 1967
BOTTLED ON: 20TH SEPTEMBER 2018
NO. OF BOTTLES: 70
Gentle maturation in the cool, stable environment found high above sea level lets the subtle character of this distinctive 50 year old single malt emerge. The use of a carefully selected cask ensures that the softer characters of the precious spirit are never overpowered.
On the nose, you are met with aromas of freshly felled oak in an orchard of apples, pears and plums. Warming spices are mellowed by lashings of manuka honey. Once on your palate, it releases bursts of exotic tropical fruits and dried apricots, sweetened with flavours of vanilla toffee, crème caramel and flame raisins. Spices and fruits balance perfectly providing a luxurious, velvety finish.
Securely encased within an individually numbered, handblown Glencairn crystal decanter. The decanter is luxuriously presented within a striking Italian crafted wooden box, furnished with soft, premium Italian leather. Sealed with a wooden transit cork, an engraved, solid brass and gold plated glass stopper is also provided as well as an individually numbered book, hand signed by Distillery Manager Graham Eunson. Finally, a premium leather carry bag completes the presentation.
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