News: Tomatin scoops two awards

Tomatin highland food and drink awards



Tomatin Distillery were a winner in two categories, Environment and Excellence, at the prestigious Highland & Islands Food & Drink Awards 2017.

Picking up the Environment Award for its commitment to responsible environmental practice,the distillery boasts various green schemes including an environmentally efficient steam boiler. Its eco-friendly status is further boosted as locally produced sustainable virgin wood pellets fuel the boiler.

Tomatin highland food and drink awards

The distillery uses a green waste system consisting of a reed bed of over 18,000 varieties of plants. These work to naturally filter and cleanse the distillery’s liquid effluent as well as providing an ideal habitat for local wildlife.

The distillery also scooped the coveted Excellence award. This special award is reserved by the expert judging panel to recognise and reward overall excellence in any of the award categories.

Tomatin highland food and drink awards
Jay Rayner (Host), Jennifer Masson (Tomatin), Bob Anderson (Tomatin) & Stephen Rankin (Gordon & MacPhail)


15 winners were awarded for their outstanding commitment to the industry, and excellence in quality and innovation, chosen from a Highland hotlist of 34 finalists.

Robert Anderson, Tomatin CEO, said, “To be taking home two awards and a commendation this year is a fantastic result for Tomatin Distillery. Our dedication to greener practices and commitment to the environment through our reduction in fossil fuel reliance, as well as our green waste and other green policies, helped us scoop the Environment Award. In addition to this we were awarded the overall Excellence Award, which is reserved by the judging panel to recognise and reward excellence across all categories. The Highlands are home to some of the best food and drink brands in Scotland and the competition was fierce on the night, so this is a real achievement for Tomatin.”






I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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