Friday, May 6, 2016

Tomintoul Side By Side Tasting

Tomintoul Side By Side
- The 10 Years Old VS. With A Peaty Tang -






Tomintoul. 10 Years Old
Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Distillery: Tomintoul
Region: Speyside
Age: 10 Years Old
Proof/ABV: 40%
DK Price: $43/280dkk
Release: Ongoing 

Points: 60/100








Tomintoul is a fairly “new” distillery founded in 1964 in the Speyside region. Tomintoul has always aimed its whisky production for blends, with only 2% of their total production, being bottled as single malt. 

Tomintoul call itself “The gentle dram” and it certainly is. The core is classic Speyside, without the creamy delight. It is floral and very easy going, but unfortunately also lacks complexity and are very one dimensional and thin. 

The nose is overall salty and floral at the same time, with a nice hint of pear cider, citrus and bread.

The taste is sweet and cut clear with a bit of that pear coming through once again.

The finish is medium with a dry mouth feel and a bit of black pepper.




Tomintoul. With A Peaty Tang
Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Distillery: Tomintoul
Region: Speyside
Age: NAS
Proof/ABV: 40%
DK Price: $34/220dkk
Release: Ongoing

Points: 75/100








Now here’s something you don’t see too often. A peaty Speyside whisky! What shall one expect from a black sheep like that? In the clear light of my rather unfortunately purchase of the 10 years old Tomintoul, I’m about so say; Not a hell lot, but let’s give this guy a fair chance shall we!

Here goes.

The Nose is peaty, which by all means, is a relief right now. Not in your face Islay peaty, but defiantly a good healthy heavier peat going on here. A bit of lemon and salt in the back. So far so good.

The Taste is sweet, vibrant and malty, that quickly fades into the short finish, with black pepper, bonfire smoke and medium peaty notes. 

I am very pleasantly surprised with "a peaty tang". I think that Tomintoul just managed to pull this one off. This is defiantly not an uninteresting whisky and it’s a big step up, from there 10 years old expression.