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An Ode to Character

Tomatin warehouse 6

Cask numbers 32 and 33 have been lying gracefully since being filled, gently and slowly maturing the spirit within. These extraordinary casks have been married together to yield just 350 bottles at a natural strength of 46% alc./vol. and have been bottled as The 1976; the finale of our critically acclaimed Warehouse 6 Collection – a collection of 6 rare Tomatin expressions selected from within Warehouse 6 at Tomatin Distillery and declared ‘perfect’ by our Master Distiller – Graham Eunson.

Each expression in the Warehouse 6 Collection pays tribute to the Tomatin craftsmen that have been custodians of exceptional Scotch for generations. Graham has selected each of the expressions within the collection, but this one – The 1976 – stood out to him.

“This is the perfect expression to conclude Tomatin’s successful Warehouse 6 Collection. The first time I tried this whisky I knew it was something very special. Throughout my career, I’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy some extraordinary whiskies, but this one still stands out from the rest for me. Over four and a half decades of watchful waiting has seen this exclusive expression instilled with great complexity, yet it presents a tremendous youth and vibrancy which is a remarkable balance to achieve – I’ll be sad to see it go!”

Graham Eunson, Master Distiller

So to celebrate the conclusion of this simply exceptional collection, we thought it was fitting to create an ode to character – we simultaneously laud and celebrate both Warehouse 6 and our current custodian, Graham. Characters full of spirit.

Graham’s identification of these two casks has not gone unnoticed – The 1976 was awarded Gold Outstanding at the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2022 – scooping the highest possible score, 99, and proceeded to win the Trophy in the Single Malt Scotch Whisky 26 Years and over category. This follows The 1978, the fifth release in this series, which also won the same trophy in the 2021 competition. With this, and the fact that only two other whiskies in the 2022 competition received a score of 99, one of these being our very own Tomatin Legacy, it’s clear to see why the series is so well respected.

Graham Eunson joined the Tomatin Distillery in 2011 as Distillery General Manager, and took up the esteemed position of Master Distiller in 2019 alongside a Distillery Operations Director role. He celebrated 30 years in the whisky industry in 2021.

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