Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon
Added coloring: No
Owner: Angus Dundee plc
Average price: € 69.00
Official website: www.tomintoulwhisky.com
This expression of Tomintoul stands out for being the first of the declared ageings not only at a considerable degree of alcohol content, but also all natural: no chillfiltration and no colouring agents.
And comparing it with its little brother, with the same ageing barrels, the difference is already noticeable to the naked eye: where the youngster presented itself with a decidedly bold (and fake) colour, here we are faced with a more frank and sincere appearance.
Curiously, major ageing at 16 years (soon on these pages) goes backwards in the production profile, which doesn’t usually happen with increasing ageing: choices of the master distiller…
Light gold with amber highlights in the glass.
Fruity and floral on the nose, with a distinct charge of spice (cinnamon and ginger) that reinforces the aromas of peaches, apricots, baked apple, vanilla, honey and marzipan. Lemon peel. It lives up to its banner title of gentle dram, but with greater depth and intensity.
Fruit still dominates the palate, accompanied by a stronger push of spices, with a tropical contribution (mango and pineapple) and a greater presence of apples. Malt and cereals are present alongside the sweet tones of the nose, adding softness and roundness to a profile that remains rather simple but captivating, thanks also to a grassy and almost balsamic freshness in the background. Dryness of the wood on the length.
The finish is of medium length, rather dry and herbaceous, with cereals, spices, fruit (also dried) and honey.
In the search for complex and layered whiskies, it’s sometimes nice to find yourself in front of spirits that don’t try to impress at all costs but know how to do their job: simple, clean, straightforward. It definitely gains from the higher alcohol content, showing that it can rise well above the category average.