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I do not really have a lot of experience with Tomintoul. This is only my 13th. Hopefully that will not bring me bad luck. I know that end of 1960s Tomintoul can be quite stunning, but this is from 1971. Would that make a big difference? Dun Eideann is actually a label from our friends at Signatory. This was already bottled in 1989 (so a 75cl bottle) when Tomintoul was still labeled as Tomintoul-Glenlivet. It was bottled for the German drinks chain Edgar Gembrys GmbH.
The nose is sweet on pineapples and sugared breakfast cereals. Some coconut and some melon, peach and apricots. Hint of grapefruit and mandarin. This is close to tropical. Eucalyptus in the back. Halfway through some grasses and a truckload of Doyenné du Comice pears arrive. Wonderful!
I would not have minded if the arrival had been a little more powerful, but it does fulfil the expectations taste wise. Nice continuation of the already great nose, with pear and banana in the lead, followed by the citrusy notes. Softly seasoned with some pepper and ginger. Liquorice towards the end.
Nice, long, warm finish on citrus and vanilla.
It comes quite close to those old bottlings from 1966-1969, but this was clearly bottled at a much younger age. Nevertheless a grand Tomintoul. Thanks to The Green Man for the sample.