A 16 year old bottling from this rather underrated distillery.
Tomintoul, named after a nearby village – which is the highest in Scotland – and pronounced “Tomin-towel”, was only established in the 1960s, and has just recently been readily available as a single malt. Tomintoul spent much of its history providing spirit to the Whyte and Mackay blends. The distillery traditionally made a fruitier new make, but appears to have pivoted to a slightly maltier, cereal-forward style.
This 16 year old has been aged in former Bourbon barrels, and offers notes of ginger, coffee, almond, malty bread, custard, vanilla, flowers, lemon rind, pecan, peach, brown sugar, some peppery spice and a touch of verdant grass.
Light, yet complex, this is a supple and enjoyable dram.