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Tomatin Cu Bocan single malt whisky review

Tomatin Cù Bòcan gets its name from a legendary spectral dog named Cù Bòcan. Tale tells that the dog has haunted the Inverness based Tomatin village for many years. According to the legend, the dog dissolved as smoke over the moorlands when a distillery worker tried to touch it.

That is the reason why this single malt whisky with no age statement has been peated to 15 ppm. Tomatin makes a peated expression for one week every year instead of their traditionally unpeated whiskies.

Tomatin Cù Bòcan has been matured in a mixture of Virgin oak, Ex-Bourbon and Ex-Sherry casks.Tomatin Cu Bocan single malt whisky review


Well, this hound is surely not The Hound of the Baskervilles. This Highland hound howls way too lightly. The smoke is very light and the whisky is light in every way. Lacking in complexity is never a key factor for me but lacking in character doesn’t suit for my palate. Tomatin Cù Bòcan lacks a little bit too much in every area. Being better than a low quality blend but doesn’t live up the expectations of a single malt.

Too bad the story is much better than the actual product it has generated. This is based on a sample, though. It’s always better to have a chance to get back to the dram, to get a bigger picture. Sometimes it just isn’t possible.

Matured in:
Combination of new oak, Ex-Bourbon and Ex-Sherry casks
Colour: Sunlight
Nose: A clash of citrus fruits and flowers, in a light way. Sharp and gingery, with influence of oak. Touch of hay and grass but no smoke.
Taste: Some smoke arrives finally, yet it falls short. Nuts and spices with little hints of honey. Delicate and bit one-sided palate.
Finish: Good length, yet nothing special in the aftertaste. Wee smoke and some fresh oak and floral notes.
Balance: No complexity and all the aromas and taste are delicate. Shows the young quite well, and not in a good way.


Distillery: Tomatin Region: Highland ABV: 46%
Johannes Lindblom
Johannes Lindblom
Finnish whisky enthusiast and the author of WhiskyRant! A digital marketing professional by day – a whisky reviewer and informer by night.

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