I first ran across this dram in the pub of a depressing hotel in the town of Tomintoul. It helped cheer me up and when I got back home I tracked a bottle down. Considering the price (about $40) this is a solid malt, one that can hold its place with many expensive offerings. Sure wish this was bottled at 46% - then Tomintoul would really have a gem.
Color: Bright gold ("Natural colour" does not appear on label)
Nose: Quite peaty! Soft smoke and creosote. Spiced apples and cloves. Lemon zest in background.
Palate: Medium body with a nice viscous mouth feel. Mostly one dimensional (peated malt) with the spices (apparent on the nose) pretty much hidden in the background. The malt ride is quite nice however. Oak arrives late drying everything out.
Finish: Dry with oak tannins to the front.
@jerryclyde, thanks for your review. Nowadays, any whisky which is affordable and has some merit is well worth hearing about. Some would see a $ 40 price tag and be immediately suspicious of the quality in the bottle. That is why reviews are so helpful.
I get the impression from your review that Tomintoul Peaty Tang starts medium on the sweet/dry scale and then just dries from there. Is that correct?
Hi Victor. It's always nice to get your feedback. Yes, the whiskey starts off with a bit of sweetness then dries progressively. This Tomintoul will not win any gold medals, but it is still a very nice dram.