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Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival and Tomatin Distillery join forces for special whisky to mark music event’s 20th anniversary

By Philip Murray

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Crowds at the Garden Stage during a past Belladrum.
Crowds at the Garden Stage during a past Belladrum.

The water of life and the Highlands’ tartan heart have combined to form a special whisky in honour of Belladrum’s 20th anniversary.

The Tomatin Distillery has unveiled a limited edition 20-year-old bottling in celebration of the famous festival’s landmark anniversary.

The rare, single cask Belladrum Tartan Heart edition launched this week and are sure to prove popular with whisky fans and collectors - as there only 153 of the £300 bottles.

And the whisky is not the only link between the distillery and festival, with those visiting Bella being able to frequent the site’s Tomatin Bothy, where they will be able to enjoy live music, whisky cocktails and drams. Tomatin are also running bespoke masterclasses over the three day festival. Visit https://tartanheartfestival.com/news/tomatins-bella-whisky-masterclasses-return for details.

The very limited edition run is restricted to just 153 bottles.
The very limited edition run is restricted to just 153 bottles.

Dougie Brown, longstanding festival producer at Belladrum said: “We are delighted that Tomatin are marking our 20th anniversary with this very special bottling of a rare single cask.

“The Tomatin Bothy has been one of the highlights of the festival for many years now featuring their award winning whisky, popup sessions from artists, and of course their incredible cocktails. We will see you at the Bothy and raise a glass to 20 years of Bella!”

Describing the new whisky, a Tomatin spokesperson said: “This whisky has been matured in a first-fill Oloroso Sherry cask for over twenty years. The label design has been curated by Belladrum designer Michael Forbes and pays homage to this year’s festival theme: Love.

“The result is a truly unique dram that epitomises the exceptional craftsmanship, tradition and quality of Tomatin’s Highland malt, bringing together decadent, rich flavours imparted from the Oloroso cask, a favourite among whisky lovers.

“The nose is full of spice and burnt orange; a mix of cinnamon, clove, ginger and flamed orange peel. Baked bananas drizzled in rich caramel sauce with an underlying oaky character.

“Black tea like tannins and flavours of dried apricot and mango bring flavours reminiscent of peach iced tea. This will be excellent over an ice ball on a warm day at the Belladrum Tomatin Bothy! The finish is dry, spicy and fruity.”

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