Tomintoul 16 Year Old

Floral, Nutty, Hay Like
Tomintoul's single malts are known to be among the lighter, smoother - and, as some would say, old-fashioned and boring - Speyside malts. Perhaps because of this and the high demand for intense and powerful Scotches, the distillery flies under the radar of most people.
Tomintoul 16 Year Old
Tomintoul 16 Year Old (@whiskyedition)
Single Malt Whisky | 16 Year Old | 40,00 % ABV. | 92,84 €/l | Tomintoul Distillery | produced in Scotland (Speyside) | Whiskybase ID 204133


Well-ordered, orange, hazelnut and dried fruit are found as base aromas. In the background, malty-grainy and slightly floral (daisies?) notes are distributed. We also find some bitter orange, honey and oats, which are infused and character-building.


The goal is quite clear. This whisky from the Speyside wants to be soft and velvety. Buttercrossaint and toasted sesame, as well as light citrus notes we find alongside a little toasted oak, marzipan (almonds) and walnut nuttiness. A little white pepper here and there, and that's it.


This malt finishes medium-bodied, clean and warming, with almond, oat and oak tones.


The 16 year old standard bottling from the Tomintoul distillery is significantly better than the 2 year younger bottling and it only costs a little more. The malt has no off notes, is well balanced and has a clean and clear (not too exciting) profile. Tastes good and is quite enjoyable, yet we get the feeling that there is a reason why the distillery produces primarily for blends. What the whisky does, namely being conceived and produced in a way that does not particularly highlight the spirit or the cask, but takes a broad mass approach, it does well - but at the same time the whole thing is rather generic.

Rating: 76/100 - Very Good (Marcel: 76 | Sascha: 75)

Value for Money: 3/5 - Acceptable

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