Rare editions of Single Cask Tomintoul are released from time to time and each cask is usually aged between 25 and 40 years old. Between 150 and 500 bottles are typically produced from any one cask. Each bottle is individually numbered and the cask number, the date of distillation and bottling are recorded on the label.
This is the Tomintoul Single Cask Malt Scotch Whisky 1977 Vintage, taken from the most superb Sherry cask, handpicked by Robert Fleming, the Distillery Director. Only 470 bottles have been produced from this one cask at 54.9% abv. Distilled 12 April 1977, bottled June 2015.
Nose : oh! This baby starts very humidory (pfff…), with a lot of cedar wood, cigars, cocoa powder, touches of cloves, walnuts, cinnamon… It’s a superb oakiness – oak can be great when it’s perfect. The notes of unlit cigars never stops growing, which is even more perfect. Great! With water: swims like a champ. Grows more complex, even fuller, with touches of Cointreau, banana skin, more cigars, various cakes, gingerbread and such. Balance is perfect. There’s something that makes me think of the great Glenglassaughs 1972 that recently came out.
Mouth (neat): thick, oily and very spicy, hinting at great quality European oak. Some ginger, cloves again, nutmeg, cardamom, all that around cigars again, dried fruits (but it isn’t fruitcake)y as such), some kind of very sweet curry… I really find this superb. Walnut wine, black tea, chestnut honey… and other beautifully tannic things. With water: once again, it takes water very well, with the lovely sweet spices stepping to the front.
Finish: a medium length, with spicy cakes, cinnamon rolls and orange liqueurs. Also a little toffee. Works very well.
Comments: a very, very great sherry cask, for a bigger whisky than other old Tomintouls
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