tom – in – towel

It sounds like my father at the beach! Alas it is not. What it is is, is probably one of the last few pieces in our jigsaw puzzle of Speyside distilleries. While we carry a very extensive collection of whiskies from the different regions including, mothballed (closed) and lost (gone forever) distilleries, we are still a few distilleries short of a complete collection.

Located near to the village of Tomintoul, the highest village in the Highlands of Scotland in the prestigious Glenlivet Estate at the heart of the Speyside region, lies Tomintoul Distillery.

Located near to the village of Tomintoul, the highest village in the Highlands of Scotland in the prestigious Glenlivet Estate at the heart of the Speyside region, lies Tomintoul Distillery.

But thankfully the gap is closing especially now that we have just acquired the elusive whiskies from the Tomintoul distillery. Tomintoul (pronounced Tom-in-Towel) is one of those distilleries that many people have never heard of. The reason you may not have heard about Tomintoul is that its history is relatively short. It was built in 1964 with production commencing a year later. However up until a couple of years ago, only 2% of its entire production was bottled as a single malt, the other 98% being used for blending purposes. In the year 2000, the distillery was acquired by Angus Dundee Distillers who released the current 10 year old expression, followed by the 16 year old along with one of the few peated Speyside malts available on the market. The underlining character of all Tomintoul malts is a soft, mellow, aperitif style whisky.

So how do they stack up?

Tomintoul Peaty Tang Single Malt Scotch

Tomintoul Peaty Tang Single Malt Scotch

Well, before we brought them into the store my staff and I had the opportunity to taste the portfolio. Within ten minutes we knew we were onto something good. These are three, solid whiskies that would certainly find a spot on my back bar. And what’s more, they are great value for money. With that in mind let’s take a look at the three expressions.

Tomintoul 10 Year Old  – A very straightforward malt that is uncomplicated and easy to drink. It’s textbook Speyside, soft sweet and mellow.

Tomintoul 16 Year Old  – A very clean nose, with floral fragrant notes, the palate is malty with biscuity caramel almond and a little spice on the finish. At 16 years old, talk about ‘bang for your buck’. This is an incredibly smooth whisky.

Tomintoul Peaty Tang  – Everyone know that I am a fan of all kinds of whiskies but I have a soft spot for peated expressions, which usually means Islay whiskies. Lo and behold along comes this beauty. It’s a different style of peat, not your usual heavy smoky briny style, but a soft floral more rounded peat. This was so good that I had to literally drag my nose out of the glass. Delicious!

All round I was really impressed. When all of the big name single malt brands are taking significant price increases, it is very refreshing to see a relatively new whisky distillery arrive on the scene with good honest to God, value-for-money whisky. That’s two thumbs up from me!


Denis Lynch

About Denis Lynch

I am a true homegrown Irishman hailing from the only county you really need to know about, Cork. Whiskey, beer, wine and all manner of spirits are in my blood (figuratively speaking of course!). I first started my career in my Great Aunty Maisey’s pub in New Tipperary, Donoughmore, pouring pints and small drops to the auld lads after the fair. Little did I think back then that I would be taking a short hop, skip and a jump over to the U.S of A. But here I am and I have been with Vine & Table since the beginning. I am now the stores Beverage Manager and Spirits Buyer. I like to think that I have found my niche here in the US. I have a great love for all things spirits-wise and have developed our offerings here at Vine & Table to include the best Single Malt selection in Indiana. Pop in and see me for a chinwag and a small drop next time you are in Carmel. Slainte, Denis
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2 Responses to tom – in – towel

  1. Jack Robertson says:

    Thanks for the write-up, Denis. I’ll be in to get a bottle of the 16 Tomintoul and to hear about your latest adventures in my homeland. Jack

    • Denis Lynch Denis Lynch says:

      Jack, it was good to see you last night for the Scotch event. I hope you enjoy the Glendronach and the Tomintoul! Cheers.

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