Tucked away on the Glenlivet Estate, Tomintoul Distillery is making high quality and mellow malts.
The Speyside distillery prides itself on the freshness of their ingredients and purity of their water. It is this combination that they claim makes their malt, in their words, “the gentle dram”.
Using quality ingredients is key to making a great dram and at Tomintoul Distillery they have access to the freshest barley and some of the purist water. This gives their malt a tell-tale smoothness and a mellow character. It is often described as easy to enjoy, making Tomintoul malt perfect for those just discovering whisky.
The distillery itself was founded in 1964, making it quite young compared to many Scotch brands. They like to stick to tradition at Tomintoul, and use traditional whisky making methods. Currently the distillery is headed by Master Distiller Robert Fleming, who’s family have been making whisky for four generations.
They are also one of the few Speyside distilleries to produce a peated malt, which they do for two weeks every year. This is long enough to make plenty of peated malt for Tomintoul to then mature and bottle.
Tasting notes for Tomintoul 16 Year Old Speyside Scotch Single Malt Whisky
Bottle cost: £34.04
Part of their core range, the Tomintoul 16 Year Old Single Malt has been matured in ex-Bourbon casks. It has won multiple Gold awards, include one each at the 2020 International Spirits Challenge and the Scotch Whisky Masters 2020.
The nose begins with sweet notes of caramel, vanilla and honey. There is a lovely earthy quality to the malt with hints of heather and thyme. It is fresh and clean, and has a crisp lemon tang in the background.
The palate is just as rich and sweet. It is packed with dulce de leche, cream buns and almonds. There is a gentle hint of dark chocolate and coffee, which compliments the sweeter notes perfectly. Cherries and almonds come through really well.
The finish is sweet and full of toffee and cinnamon.
Tomintoul have created a well rounded and simply brilliant malt with their 16 Year Old, one which is definitely worth investing in.
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