In the ridicolous aggravation of the marketing panorama, so typical of the whisky world nowadays, Tomintoul is a distillery (a brand, pardon) that at least shows a nice level of self-consciousness: the house claim is “a gentle dram”, and we challenge you to deny that statement… Every official Tomintoul we’ve had the pleasure to disorderedly gulp down has always showed quite a… gentle soul, indeed. Let’s try their top premium golden luxury bottling, a 33 years old – the oldest member of the core range.
N: a gentle dram it is, even after at least 33 years of maturation. It doesn’t show its age, neither by its complexity nor by its intensity. First of all, you get a feeling of alcohol, even if it isn’t really downturning. The profile is round, even if every aroma we get is on its tiptoes: a nice carpet od raisins, plums; a pleasant acidity, kiwi and citrus. A faint perfumy woodiness and a slight maltiness complete the nose.
P: better than the nose, at least in intensity. It remains quite simple, with less fruit (only plums survive) and more sweetness (toffee, chocolate; honey, orange tart). Acidity tends to slow down too, going towards a “round and soft” palate (as stated by the official tasting notes). Malty notes seem quite young, surprisingly.
F: middle length, honey and chocolate. The usual dried fruit.
We don’t want you to think that we have something against Tomintoul: actually it’s the very first distillery that has ever sent us samples to taste without asking, so to be clear: thanks guys, we’re grateful, we appreciate the effort, but we need to be honest. Our taste pushes us towards malts with a bigger personality… This 33 yo confirms the distillery is focused on gentle whiskies; but the overall pleasure of the tasting experience isn’t supported by complexity and intensity that we look for in a dram, specially at this age. 82/100 is the verdict, let’s see what’s next.
Recomended soundtrack: Blur – The end of a century.