|Situated on the A9 between Aviemore and Inverness, Tomatin was the first Scottish Distillery to be wholly owned by a Japanese company. As late as 1956 there were only two stills at Tomatin Distillery, but by 1973 there were eleven in total - six wash stills and five spirit stills.|
Then in a major expansion programme the capacity was boosted to a mighty total of 23 stills with the addition of a further six wash stills and six spirit stills.
With 23 stills in production, Tomatin was the biggest malt distillery in Scotland and one of the largest in the world, with production as high as five million gallons a year. During this time - the boom years for Scottish whisky from 1973 to 1984 - Tomatin produced its malt whisky primarily as a filler to be used in numerous well known blends. But naturally, when demand fell away in the early 1980s, production was dramatically cut back. Eleven of the stills were closed down, and eventually removed in the year 2000 as they opted to focus production and marketing efforts on its own range of aged malts and deluxe blends.
Today however, with 12 stills in operation, Tomatin remains one of the largest and most impressive of all Scotland's famous distilleries.
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