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09 Jun 2009

Tomintoul 40y

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Tomintoul

Although Tomintoul launched single malt bottlings as early as 1974, in the current market it’s not one of the big players. Most of the production is used for blending and the distillery itself is quite industrial (built in the 1960’s and very modern).

This independent bottling by the sister company of The Whisky Exchange (better known for their series “Single Malts of Scotland”) is a marriage of two 40 year-old hogshead casks. Although the alcohol level is just 43,3%, it is actually cask strength.

 
Tomintoul 40y - Specialty Drinks Tomintoul 40yo
(43,3%, Specialty Drinks 2008, 335 btl.)

Nose: very fruity, on citrus and exotic fruits. Huge notes of clementines (tangerine). Overripe oranges (zest) and kumquats. Apple juice (cider). Marmelade. Slightly solventy and floral as well (old roses). Vanilla. Honey. Typical old Speyside style yet beautifully fresh for a 40 year old. Mouth: interesting! Starts quite spicy and evolves to strawberry, pears and grapefruit. Sweet and delicately bitter. Honey and vanilla are still there. Some cinnamon and nutmeg. Finish: keeps a nice balance between sweet and bitter flavours. Pear. Clear oak influence but it doesn’t take over at any point.

Better on the nose, but still quite nice overall.
Around € 130.

Score: 84/100.

Tomintoul 40y 3 Ruben Luyten 2009-06-09

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