Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon
Added coloring: Yes
Owner: Angus Dundee plc
Average price: € 44.00
Official website: www.tomintoulwhisky.com
Situated on the Glenlivet Estate in Ballindaloch, Tomintoul is a distillery set up in the 1960s, on the wave of the great demand for Scotch whisky at the time, by two Glasgow companies, W. & S. Strong and Hay & Mac Lead. It became operational in 1965, but found itself having to change ownership just 8 years later to overcome economic difficulties.
Its destiny seemed to be to supply a large proportion of blends, particularly those of Whyte & Mackay, but thanks to a new growth in demand, in 1974 production was expanded and the label’s first single malt was launched.
Whyte & Mackay took over the company in 1989, only to sell it in 2000 to the current owners who relaunched the label with the 10 year old two years later, and then added other ageings, NAS and peated versions.
Peaches, vanilla, honey and green apples (with a clear predominance of the latter) mark the nose, with lemon zest and an undertone of heather and freshly cut wood, vaguely balsamic. The whole is quite dry and delicate, as expected.
Slightly peppery in the mouth, it is light and smooth with hints of apple pie and cream, honey, glazed cereal, hazelnut and lemon. The wood always embraces the aromas, maintaining a certain dryness in the background.
The finish is quite fleeting and dry, of hazelnuts, apples and wood.
A basic whisky that gives as much as it promises, perhaps even too gentle, but then again that’s what the distillery set out to do right from the label, and in this you can’t fault it: an innocuous but honest daily dram, with a few more degrees it would probably be more incisive and interesting. Perhaps overpriced here, more economically balanced at home.