Review: Tomintoul 12 Year Old Portwood Finish

Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Tomintoul Distillery

Bottling: Official – Angus Dundee Distillers

ABV: 46%

Cost: £39.95 from Master of Malt

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What they say:

Pure ingredients and the natural environment add to smooth and mellow character of our award-winning Tomintoul Speyside Glenlivet Single Malt Scotch Whisky, “the gentle dram”.

Tomintoul Speyside Glenlivet Single Malt Scotch Whisky Portwood Finish Aged 12 Years has been lovingly crafted, from a selection of the finest Portwood casks, and aged for at least 12 years.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Fruity and floral with notes of sweet cream soda, strawberry jam, granary toast and juicy barley.

Palate: Fruity and malty with creamy notes, jam, manuka honey and grenadine.

Finish: Good length with light fruit, perfumy notes and cereals.

What I say:

Another sample from Tom at Tom’s Whisky Reviews. Finished in Port casks for an indeterminate amount of time, this one should appeal to the sweet toothed.

Colour:

Orange amber gold (11/20), slow and thick heavy tears and legs

Nose:

Orange and ginger marmalade, jammy red fruits, brambles and strawberries, musty oak wood, sweet, oysters with sherry vinegar or sweet scallop meat, a little briny and chalky

Taste:

Warm marmalade, neutral sweet (less than nose suggests), slightly savoury and sweet shellfish or scallop meat, clove oil, spiced cinnamon, burnt brown toast with berry jam and caramelised sugars

Finish:

Long, spicy and musty oak wood, drying and a little tannic, malty

Overall:

Slightly unusual this one, not as sweet and jammy as I was hoping. There was a slightly chalky and salty note in here that I couldn’t shake off the association with shellfish meat (albeit nice and sweet). The port finishing was a little light for my liking and had introduced, or was masking a slightly unusual flavour profile of zesty spice and brine.

Score: 81/100

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