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Tomintoul Distillery

New-school: built in 1965 to produce whisky for blending, like many during that era, Tomintoul lies within the Glenlivet estate in the Speyside region. Sometimes seen under its older ‘Tomintoul-Glenlivet’ guise, like a handful of nearby ‘piggy-backers’ it adopted the popular ‘Glenlivet’ name, then later reverted. Its character is entirely different to The Glenlivet.

A distillery that labels itself as a ‘gentle dram’, Tomintoul arguable makes an authentic claim. Typically you can expect a soft delivery from all that they bottle, most likely to create whisky that is very approachable, we have to guess. If you think what is required to describe a whisky as ‘smooth’ then you’re probably not too far away from the delivery of Tomintoul.

In saying that, straight from the cask Tomintoul has a definite bite about it, displaying all of the barley sugar and raisin characteristics that contribute to its gentle perception, yet also showing a thick, waxy quality that adds a layer of oomph.

Be careful of the heavily-peated variant sometimes produced at the distillery – Ballantruan – for it is far from gentle.

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A vatting of multiple refill Bourbon Hogshead casks from the 1999 vintage, distilled at Tomintoul Distillery.

15 Year Old


nutty & spicy


refill bourbon hogsheads

53.9% abv / 750ml

toffee apple, raisin, maple syrup, barley sugar, sponge cake, sultana

Region: speyside

Speyside single malts are single malt Scotch whiskies, distilled in Strathspey, the area around the River Spey in Moray and Badenoch and Strathspey, in northeastern Scotland. Although generalized, known as a region that produces delicate and fruity whisky, many styles are produced here. Almost half of Scotland's distilleries are situated here, on the banks of the United Kingdom's fastest flowing river.