The gentle dram.
The Glenlivet-Tomintoul Distillery is located in the hearty in whisky region of Speyside in the Ballindalloch. It was founded in 1964, primarily for the purposes of the rapidly growing market of blended whisky. Over time, single malts entered in the offer. Today I have in the glass the Tomintoul 12 years old in limited, as the producer indicates, version of Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish, 40% ABV. Previously, we had here Tomintoul – the gentle dram with a peaty tang, that is a peated NAS from this distillery.
Let’s see how is the classic version doing, which spent the last period of maturation in Oloroso Sherry casks.
N: still in the bottle I feel the obvious impact of sherry, in the glass it is much more quiet, more timid and with a pinch of pepper, in the background rather sluggishly fruits appear: pineapple, melon, a touch of grapefruit, orange peel, then I have something fresh, like a delicate traces of mint, maybe also chamomile, generally you have to give it a moment to breathe in order to distinguish individual accents;
S: begins with oak, it’s slightly gingery and dry, only after that you can sense the emerging fruity character, as I have grapefruit, peach and orange peel, then a little bit of coconut and toffee, in the end ginger, bitterness and a large dose of dryness come back again;
F: medium long, dry with ginger and remnants of bitterness.
Tomintoul 12 years old Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish is characterized by a nice fruity, though shy smell, you have to give him some time. The taste is less pleasant, with too much of oak, bitterness and ginger.