Tomatin unveils series inspired by elements

14th March, 2017 by Nicola Carruthers

Highland distillery Tomatin has unveiled a limited edition single malt range inspired by natural elements, named Five Virtues.

The Five Virtues series takes inspiration from elements Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water

Comprised of five single malts, each with a limited run of 6,000 bottles, the new range takes inspiration from wood, fire, earth, metal and water.

The Wood expression has been aged in French, American and Hungarian oak casks, while Fire is matured in heavily charred oak, giving it “fresh vanilla” flavours.

Earth is described as having “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.

Completing the series, Water is made of “naturally pure” soft water drawn year-round from Alt-na-Frith, and combined with a “winter-distilled” spirit to enhance 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”, said 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. That is something that we have achieved with Five Virtues and we are incredibly proud to be launching the series onto the market this month.”

The range is packaged in cartons adorned with contemporary Scottish art, created by abstract artist Eva Ullrich.

“Having spent many years in Scotland and enjoying a nip of whisky myself, meant this project was a pleasure to work on”, added Ullrich. “I’m really excited to see my work on a medium that is more accessible to the public and for it to be appreciated by people who perhaps wouldn’t usually engage with abstract painting.”

The Wood and Fire expressions are available at an RRP of £49.99, while Earth, Metal and Water will be released later this year.

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