Review: Tomintoul 12 Year Old Portwood Finish
Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
Origin: Tomintoul Distillery
Bottling: Official – Angus Dundee Distillers
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.
Orange amber gold (11/20), slow and thick heavy tears and legs
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
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
Long, spicy and musty oak wood, drying and a little tannic, malty
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.
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