Tomintoul is a young (°1964) and lesser-known distillery that is quietly working to put itself on the map. Although they still supply the vast majority of their production for the blends of Whyte & Mackay, they also bottle single malt. In May 2021, I participated in an online masterclass, organized by importer Cinoco, and this was in the line-up. It charmed without being really great. But for 50 EUR you do have an hhonest entry-level malt,made of mainly first fill bourbon-aged and only a little sherry-aged Tomintoul. Soft nose on Granny Smith apples and grain cookies, pannacota, crème brûlée, vanilla, coconut, apple sauce and a hint of sniffing tobacco and pebbles. Some floral honey and hazelnuts. Flawless, but well-behaved. The body is very light, almost watery. In addition to the apples of the nose now also some walnuts, Frosties and pear syrup, lime juice and vanilla appear. Cherries and raspberries are popping up. But the pebbles are also prominent. Feel free to turn it into chalk. Soft pepper provides some warmth. In the finish, which is rather short, I get a hint of fennel and sweet chestnuts. I said entry-level and of course Tomintoul also has a 10-year-old, but if you know you can buy it for 50 EUR, it's only a small effort to start with this. It deserves it.
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