In the past we have already tasted several expressions from Tomintoul, well divided between the stars and the stables: very high scores and bad impressions too… Today we taste the most popular bottling all over the core range, that is a 14 years old, characterized by the light color and bottled at 46%.
N: as for the rest of the core range the house rule is confirmed, the “the gentle dram” constant. And it seems nice, if we say it that way, but in reality… In a pretty simple and not very intense olfactory panorama, there are notes of unripe plums, a malt that seems almost still in fermentation, a little bit of lemon. Again, we find suggestions of brine, then white vinegar. In the background, there is something that perhaps could be vanilla. There are also notes of fresh grass
P: the beginning is promising, with a reassuring vanilla note. And, at the same time, delicate floral notes lead the experience… towards tragedy. It takes over in fact a feeling of heavy unpleasant alcohol, together with crude malty notes. It’s rather flat, herbaceous but without thickness, moreover without intensity. Just a hint of sugar before the end.
F: malty, if you will, and little else. Not intense but long, unfortunately.
Maybe our sample, sent by the distillery a year and a half ago, has lost something during this time. Anyway, while granting the benefit of the doubt, the judgment will be rather harsh. If it was a cheap blended whisky, we’ll probably (or not? We’ll never know) give it a couple of extra points. But it’s about 50 euro, and being a single malt, we feel obliged to penalize it: 70/100.
Recommended soundtrack: Tom Browne – Funkin for Jamaica.