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Tomatin Cù Bòcan, Creation #5 - Colombian Andean Oak Casks (bottled 2023), 46%

Highland | Scotland
Peated Single Malt
Bottle size
70 cl
Creation #5
Cask type
Colombian Andean Oak Casks

Cù Bòcan Creation #5 Colombian Andean is possibly the first Scottish single malt to have been matured in casks made from Colombian Quercus humboldtii (Andean oak).

Andean oak is (as the name suggests) oak found in the Andes mountains. The tree species grows at an altitude of 3500-4000 metres. It is found in cold and incredibly humid tropical climates, and is harvested sustainably high in the Cordillera region. Aging on duck oak gives the whiskey a highly aromatic and floral taste (orange blossoms and roses), as well as an exotic and fruity note (mango, papaya and passion fruit).

Tomatin Cù Bòcan Matured in Colombian Andean Oak was distilled in December 2011, and was initially matured in refill American oak hogshead casks until it was poured into Andean oak casks in June 2021. After a little over a year of maturation in these casks, it was bottled. Despite this relatively short extra maturation, the Andean oak tree has nevertheless had a massive influence on the whisky’s flavor profile. And here you can taste a completely unique (and delicious!) whisky.

Tomatin Cù Bòcan Matured in Colombian Andean Oak is bottled at an ABV of 46%.

Tasting notes on Cù Bòcan Creation #5 Colombian Andean:
You are met by an incredible amount of herbs in the scent – with a perfumed aroma of ylang-ylang, cloves and eucalyptus that slowly transitions into sweet notes of white chocolate praline and lemon cake. The mixture of the unique qualities of the duck oak and Cù Bòcan’s light smoke profile has produced notes of roasted cloves, smoked nutmeg and creosote.

In the taste, the interaction between the sweet notes and the smoke and the spice increases, resulting in a taste of campfire-grilled bananas, caramel crunch, cloves and vanilla. The herbal notes that were so prominent in the fragrance are more restrained, which eventually turn into a long, warm aftertaste with mild phenol and spice.

This release in the experimental Cù Bòcan series from Tomatin has been aged in new Andean oak casks – the result is a quite unique and extremely exotic whisky!

Smell: Fresh and elegant – with spice and resin.
Taste: Rounded, soft and sweet.
Finish: Long, smoky and dark.

Tomatin is a village located in the Scottish Highlands. In addition to the award-winning distillery, it is also the home of a local folklore legend. Read about it here, if you dare, or see our entire Scotch whisky selection here.

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