Tomintoul 10 Year
Tomintoul // Speyside, Scotland
Located within the Glendive Estate in Speyside, Tomintoul (Tom-in-towel) is named after a nearby village, the highest village in the highlands and usually the first to be closed off by snow. Tomintoul was established in 1965 by Hay McLeod Ltd and W. & S. Strong, and was the third distillery established after the Second World War In 1973 the distillery was bought out by investors, with ownership changing to Whyte & McKay in 1995 before being sold to Angus Dundee in 2000 (who also acquired the Glencadam distillery on 2003) where it remains to this day. This 10 year bottling is aged in ex-bourbon casks.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
"Oak and brine start the whisky nose, with grass and lemons spreading softly through the senses. After a short period flowery orange water moves in and calms what the oak agitated, softly breezing through the senses to relax the nerves. The palate greets the tongue with sweet wizened apples, yellowed and wrinkling yet awakening the body. Tarring grass and hay works over the tongue, with brine and lemon zest being joined by small herbs and a tiny spice. Barley and potpourri melt together for a startling conclusion. The finish is medium and drys the mouth out, lemon sprayed apple slices lingering gently as the mouth opens and relaxes."