Review: Tomintoul 16 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

16 Years
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Tomintoul (Ballindaloch, Scotland)

Tomintoul, a Speyside distillery, largely produces whisky for blended whisky, but also has a number of offerings of single malt. They are also in the Guinness book of world records for producing the largest bottle of whisky in the world, which contained over 105 litres of 14 year old whisky in 2009! This was subsequently beaten by Jack Daniel‘s, and now the Famous Grouse (with a 228 litre bottle).

Review (2015)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2014

Nose: Immediately deeper and richer than the 10 year old. Vanilla, coconut, dried fruit, and rich malt and some black pepper and earthiness. Like the 10 year old, still a bit hot on the nose but not as much. A lot more complexity in this one, with quite a bit going on. In the background, light lemon, Some other light fruitiness that I can’t quite pin down. Apricot and the lightest creaminess.

Taste: Quite malty, with a fair bit of pear and vanilla and caramel. Nicely balanced with some sherry influence. Nice earth notes in this, with some citrus and oak and a bit of nuttiness in balance. Sweetness level is quite nice for balance.

Finish: Light and earthy, with some vanilla, apple skin and seed. Good earthiness too. The barley lingers well.

Conclusion: Lots of grain, and not overly sweet so it accentuates the grain in a nice way and not one that is typical. There is some wonderful dark earthiness to this, which, if you know me, I like.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher). I actually like the 10 year old more than this one, but it’s still decent.

Value: Average, based on $76.