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Tomintoul Peaty Tang


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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

19th Aug 2014


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Knowing that Tomintoul market sits peated whisky under the Old Ballantruan label, this raised my eyebrows a little. Maybe not as peaty as the Old Ballantruan? Who know? Anyway, it is an entry level malt, bottled at 40% ABV and available for less than 30 EUR. No age statement. It hit the shelves for the first time in 2007.

Green nose, if you know what I mean. Loads of grain (just harvested), pine cones and wet earth. Heather too. A little fruit only, some sultanas perhaps. The longer you wait, the more it starts to smell like a mash.

It is very light on the palate, almost watery. The mash evolves towards malted barley, almonds and some dried fruit. The peat takes care of a discrete and sweet, but pleasant smokiness. Vanilla. A mildly salty edge shines through midpalate.

The finish is medium long and mildly smoky, but ends on a very sweet note.

Very clean and simple Tomintoul with a twist. You could say this is a nice introduction to peaty whisky, but I know a few others that can handle that introduction better. Thanks, Pat!

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