Tomatin Cu Bocan

Tomatin Cu Bocan

(0.75l, 46%)

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Unleash the beast.

About 15 miles south of Inverness, on the edge of the River Findhorn, sits Tomatin Distillery. There is not even a freeway off-ramp for the little town of Tomatin. But that’s OK, keeps the city-folk out. For more than a century Tomatin lives and breathes Whisky. The entire population is less than 200, and since their founding in 1897, Tomatin Distillery has had to build special housing on site for employees who come from the surrounding countryside to work seasonally at the plant. Back in the 1970s, this little hamlet produced more Whisky than any place else in Scotland.

Well, that’s no longer true, but their Highland single malt is still a core component of many of the finest blends. They stab off a select amount of their production for their own signature single malt Whisky line across a range of ages and special editions.

The story behind this sinister little gem comes from the legend of a phantom dog, Cù Bòcan, who has haunted the Highland village for centuries. Sightings are very rare, but always terrifying. It has yet to be established if the beast is indeed real or merely a ghost of the night. We’re not sure which version is scarier, to be honest. If you’re a fan of Tomatin, you’re surely aware that they traditionally make only unpeated Whisky. Except for the recent Cù Bòcan releases, that is. And they say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

After you open the bottle, you’ll also quickly realise that his bark is worse than his bite. Tomatin Cù Bòcan has been matured in a mixture of ex Bourbon, ex Sherry and virgin oak casks and is only (s)lightly peated. It's still smooth, delicate and extremely easy to sip on. Tomatin makes this type of Whisky for one week a year, so it’s an elusive breed in more ways than one.

  • Category
  • Style
    Single Malt Whisky
  • Region
  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Alcohol
  • Distillery

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Scotch Whisky is seldom aged in new barrels. Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey casks are usually used for maturation. In addition to that, Whisky is often matured or finished in various wine casks such as Sherry or Port.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Colour 
Warm gold

Nose / Aroma / Smell 
Citrus, roses, oak

Flavour / Taste / Palate 
Chestnut, Coffee, Chocolate

Medium with a gentle woof of peat
Ratings & Reviews
Smooth and sweet on the front end, then it cleans off your palate with a taste of peat.
NIce. A little smoke and only a hint of peat. Very nice on the nose, no burn at all and lots of flavors all over. Quite enjoyable and I considerate it a solid value.
Not an in your face type of Scotch, but also very flavorful. There is some peat, but not overwhelming. Priced about right for what it is.
Has a nice flavor with a hint of smoke and peat. This has become one of my "go to" whiskeys.
Lightly peated, a good “everyday” peated option
Beware of the smoke if your not used to that taste. Calm it down with an ice cube and the the sweet will come alive. Good bottle to try
A nice touch of smoke, but not overwhelming. For me a good balance
Sweet and smokey. This is a nice highland that I would recommend for those who don't mind a bit of smoke, but are also looking for something sweet. Like a sweet highland with a hint of islay.
I bought my bottle at the Tomatin distillery, the smoke is present but not over whelming, it finishes a little sweet. I really enjoy this ghost wolf.
When I first opened the bottle it had a sour mash smell to it that over powered the taste. Second glass was better, smooth, hardly smoky enough to taste. Don't think I'll be buying this again
An incredible bottle, I ordered to share with my father and grandfather for a fishing trip and this was the hit of our evenings. Great pour!
Just a hint of smoke. Delightful for a mild-flavored scotch drinker.
Initial nose when the bottle was first opened was a bit unpleasant in my opinion. However after coming back to it a week or two later; the nose and taste are quite good. It is a combination of that sherry taste that I love about Tomatin with just enough smoke to let you know it isn't your standard Tomatin
Very nice. Floral and oak notes in the nose with a hint of smoke. Smooth slightly sweet taste with mild floral flavors. The smoke appears in the finish but is not overpowering. A drop or two of water really opened it up. Very good overall.
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