Bought: Malts of Scotland (now ‘Bartels Whisky’), 7th April 2015
87/100 – Whiskybase (from one member vote)
Because Facebook knows exactly what my interests are, I get various adverts that relate to whisky. One that caught my eye was from ‘Malts of Scotland’ whose website I’d visited many months before. All I could remember about them was their interesting bottle shapes, although these are only used for some of their output (sadly not this Tomatin). I ‘liked’ their Facebook page and it was here that I saw their offer on 3 different malt whiskies – “£40 each and free next day postage”. One of the three was this Tomatin 19yo, cask strength at 53.8%.
Whiskybase include 4 previous bottlings of Tomatin by ‘Malts of Scotland’ (here) all of which score very highly. Two between 85-90/100 and two above 90/100, which is exceptional. Whiskybase list my 19yo under Malts of Scotland’s new name (Bartels Rawlings International Ltd, or ‘Bartels Whisky’) where one voter gives it 87/100 and summaries with “this is a refreshingly different and yet fabulous ‘old style’ central Highlands find”.
It used to be the case that buying from an independent bottler meant good value but the price gulf between distilleries and independents has closed in recent years. So it’s nice to see that bargains can still be found, even if finding them is like a needle in a haystack. Overall, the service from ‘Malts of Scotland’ was excellent, and I’ve subsequently ordered from them again.