|Tomintoul, 10-Year-Old (Scotland) |
Tomintoul has been marketed as a single malt since 1973, with the 10-year-old expression appearing in 2002, yet it remains comparatively unexposed. It is an excellent, easy drinking, aperitif Speyside, with a light, floral and pleasantly malty nose. Light-bodied and delicate, with vanilla fudge, apples and lemon on the palate. The finish is medium in length, with honey and lingering malt. 40.0% ABV, 70cl, £21.95, specialist whisky merchants.
|Tomintoul, 12 Year Old Oloroso Sherry Finish (Scotland) |
Tomintoul distillery dates from 1965, and takes its name from the nearby village of Tomintoul, the highest in the Scottish Highlands. The distillery is now owned by Angus Dundee plc, and this latest release has been ‘finished’ for 18 months in Oloroso Sherry casks.
The ‘standard’ Tomintoul is noted for its light, floral and sweet character, and the Sherry casks have added a more profound, fruitcake note to the nose to sit alongside the whisky’s characteristic slightly grassy, malt/toffee aroma. Much more full-bodied in the mouth than is usual for Tomintoul, with comparatively spicy Sherry, red berries, honey and malt. The finish is quite long, with dried fruits and some oak, plus a final note of wine gums. Oloroso finishing seems to work well with Tomintoul’s style of single malt. It would be good to see a little more of it.
40.0% ABV, 70cl, £27.95, specialist whisky merchants.
|Tomintoul, 14-year-old (Scotland) |
The Speyside distillery of Tomintoul has added a14-year-old expression to its line up, which includes 10, 12, 16 and 27-year-old variants, not to mention Peaty Tang and Old Ballantruan.
Light, fresh and fruity on the nose, with ripe peaches and pineapple cheesecake, delicate spice and background malt. Closer to barley sugar with the addition of water. Medium-bodied, fruity and fudgy on the palate. The finish offers wine gums, mild, gently spiced oak, malt and a suggestion of smoke.
46.0% ABV, 70cl, £32.95, specialist whisky merchants.
|Tomintoul, 16-Year-Old (Scotland) |
Added to the Tomintoul range in 2003, the 16-year-old expression has the same light and floral nose as the distillery’s 10-year-old, but with more brittle toffee notes, oranges, nuts, and a hint of mint. Slightly fuller-bodied than its younger sibling, with clotted cream fudge, oranges, and a hint of peat. The medium finish offers citrus fruits, gentle spice, vanilla and a hint of spearmint. 40.0% ABV, 70cl, £27.50, specialist whisky merchants.
|Tomintoul, 21-year-old (Scotland) |
The introduction of a 21-year-old expression of Tomintoul fills a gap between the existing 16-year-old and 33-year-old variants, and also offers a different flavour profile. As Distillery Director Robert Fleming explains, “Only those casks offering classic floral and fruity characteristics with a touch of spice have been selected for this bottling. The resulting richness of taste can only be achieved after the careful ageing of the finest malt spirit in choice oak casks for 21 patient years.”
Ripe honeydew melons, pears, warm spices and barley-sugar on the nose, with a hint of new leather. Smooth and elegant. Medium-bodied, with a rich, spicy palate presence, plus toffee and malt notes. Quite lengthy in the finish; mildly mouth-drying, with cocoa powder. Spicy to the end.
40.0% ABV, 70cl, £48.95, specialist whisky merchants.
|Tomintoul, 27-Year-Old (Scotland) |
Tomintoul is marketed as ‘The Gentle Dram,’ and has been available as a single malt since 1973, with the ten-year-old ‘house’ expression appearing in 2002. A 16-year-old was launched in 2003, and the following year, a 27-year-old variant hit the shelves. This offers remarkable value for its age, as well as being an excellent example of a vintage Speyside single malt.
The nose offers an attractive blend of tangerines, spun sugar, honey, vanilla and resin. Water releases marmalade notes. Comparatively rich on the palate; creamy malt and milk chocolate, orange soft centres, plus a hint of Sherry. It takes a modest amount of water well, and the marmalade notes from the nose follow through. The finish is medium in length, with oranges and cream persisting, along with vanilla fudge and a touch of drying peat.
A lovely, confident Tomintoul that shows a whisky need not be big and bold to grow old gracefully.
40.0% ABV, 70cl, £49.50, specialist whisky merchants.
|Tomintoul, Peaty Tang (Scotland) |
A number of mainland distillers have developed a habit of producing batches of heavily-peated spirit in recent years, including the Speyside distillery of Tomintoul.
Tomintoul first embarked on the peaty path with Old Ballantruan, and Peaty Tang follows on the heels of that release. It too carries no age statement and seems to incorporate a significant amount of quite youthful spirit. It offers a lively nose of peat reek, with floral background notes, malt and something close to carbolic soap. Characteristic Tomintoul softness and delicacy on the palate, malty and sweet, overlaid with a nutty, smoky coating. The finish is dry, smoky and comparatively short.
40.0% ABV, 70cl, £22.95, specialist whisky merchants.
|Tomintoul, Speyside Glenlivet 1976 Vintage (Scotland) |
Staying with Tomintoul, the Speyside distillery has also released its oldest bottling to date, in the shape of a 1976 vintage expression. Previously, the oldest ‘house’ Tomintoul was the 27-year-old, which was our March ‘Whisky of the Month.’
1976 is considered by Distillery Director Robert Fleming to be a particularly fine year for Tomintoul, and he says “I have meticulously selected only those casks suitable for bottling as 1976 Vintage. I consider this whisky to be a jewel amongst single malts and one of the finest to have been released in Scotland.”
The nose is textbook Tomintoul in its elegance; very floral and malty, with fresh fruits that belie its age. Equally elegant on the palate, soft and rounded, with unassuming Sherry notes, freshly-made toffee, rum and raisin ice cream and a medium-length, nutty finish. Extremely well-balanced and delightfully drinkable.
Until the end of June, Tomintoul 1976 Vintage is exclusively stocked by World of Whiskies’ airport outlets, after which it will be more widely available in travel retail and selected international markets.
40.0% ABV, 70cl, £199.00, specialist whisky merchants.