Review: Tomintoul 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

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

I got a small sample bottle of this which was part of a duty free sample pack that really didn’t set me back too much. For this bottling, only casks which display floral and fruity characteristics were selected.

Review (2015)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2014

Nose: Brilliant integration of the mighty three in this – malt, filtered apple juice, and oak. It’s lightly dry and sour and still has some of that harshness or sharpness found in the other Tomintouls (such as the 10 and 16 year old) on the nose. The oak isn’t too strong, and this can be seen in the colour easily enough. If we take a step back from the big three, there is some generous vanilla, a dirty earthiness, dried apricot, and a light menthol feel. With some time the texture of the nose seems to develop, feeling more weighty and thick and creamy. There’s also a bit of a funny meaty aroma which I’m not too keen on…this knocks it back a bit.

Taste: Lots and lots of white raisins, through and through, before some clean malt tries to take some of the reins…after that, the raisin takes over again with a touch of earthiness before some spices take the rest. Different than the nose – the apple is largely not present, but there are glimpses of orange and toffee. It’s nicely woven together, and works well to slow you in your tracks a bit.

Finish: Lots of malt, with touches of some clove, earthiness, and then some green apple skin and white grape. Enduring, and enjoyable – eventually some oak and nuttiness sets in too. It coats the mouth really well, with good flavour – it makes me think this would be a brilliant malt with a cigar (you’d need a good one if you’re gonna drink this with it!).

This is very nicely crafted together – the nose, taste, and finish all do their work very well. For a 25 year old malt, it’s a bit simple – but it’s good. The only knack I really have with it is the bit of weird meatiness on the nose – but that’s not too overt.

Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Low, based on $335.