Tomintoul distillery stands not far from The Glenlivet, and takes its name from the nearby village of Tomintoul, the highest in the Highlands. The distillery commenced production in 1965, and since 2000
has belonged to the independent blenders and bottlers Angus Dundee Distillers, who also own Glencadam in Brechin.
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|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.