This was a 3cl miniature bottle I got free when I brought a bottle of Balblair online. I've poured it out and let it sit for an hour.
Orchard fruits. Pears, green apples, cut grass, heather, a hint of dried fruit in the background and curiously plasticine. Quite a clean nose but that plasticine note is a bit strange.
Quite a thin mouthfeel (it is bottled at 40% abv). That plasticine note is quite evident on the palate too. Right there on the arrival. It's an unusual flavour and an unwelcome one too. Orchard fruits again. Heather. Not much in the way of dried fruits. I don't have the label to see but I don't think this has spent any time in sherry casks. Quite a long development with a white wine note, pears, straw and more plasticine. Finish is drawn out, actually quite nice with a bit of peat. And then jesus here comes the plasticine again on the finish. It runs right through every element of the palate and ruins it. You get past the initial plasticine note and then it starts to hint at getting quite nice and then the plasticine kicks in again.
I don't know what that is due too? Duff casks? Maybe I just had a sample from a bad bottle? But at nearly £100 a bottle I won't be a buying a full bottle on this experience.
I'd still recommend the 14 year old though. The bottle I had of that last year was very nice.
@Wierdo For me plasticine is one form of the clay family flavor and it could be ok with a peaty or farmyard kind of whisky but that Tomintoul has definitely a profile that can’t tolerate that note imho.
@Wierdo, thanks very much for your review. When I have an experience like yours with a small sample I cannot help but have it bias me negatively toward the whisky, despite knowing that that one sample might be unrepresentative. When that occurs I go forward hoping to get another experience of the whisky, hopefully from someone's full-sized bottle. The whisky remains in a negatively biased limbo state of non-acceptance for me until later experience can give a decisively better tasting outcome. We never know in advance how much storage or transport circumstances may have affected the sample which we are about to evaluate, but we are also stuck with the reality of the actual experiences we have had.
Evidence of our own experience being a possible outlier experience is also great when most other reviews of the same product have been quite favourable.