Speyside

Tomintoul 25 Years Old 1989 Old Malt Cask

Tomintoul 25 Years Old 1989 Old Malt Cask 11217 (Hunter Laing)

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What they say

This is an independently bottled Tomintoul single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill hogshead cask for 25 years. It was distilled in August 1989 and bottled in February 2015 by Hunter Laing for their excellent Old Malt Cask range. 255 bottles were produced.

Official tasting notes

  • Nose Mellow and sweet with vanilla, citrus peel and marzipan.
  • Palate Smooth and creamy with vanilla custard, almonds and apples.
  • Finish Medium length, dry and sweet, with a hint of oak.

What I say

A well-aged Tomintoul, at least the oldest I’ve sampled so far. Distilled in 1989 when Tomintoul was purchased by Whyte & Mackay before later selling it on to Angus Dundee in 2000. This Refill hogshead was bottled by the independent bottler Hunter Laing as part of their Old Malt Cask range in 2015, producing 255 bottles at 49.1% ABV.

  • ABV 49.1%
  • Age 25 Years Old
  • Bottler Hunter Laing
  • Bottling Old Malt Cask
  • Cask 11217 Refill Hogshead
  • Category Single malt scotch whisky
  • Cost £130
  • Origin Tomintoul distillery
  • Outturn 255 bottles
  • Region Speyside
  • Released 2015
  • Vintage 1989

My tasting notes

  • Appearance Full amber gold (10/20), medium-fine tapered tears and legs.
  • Nose Orange oil, teak wood, a hint of wood polish, green grapes, kiwi fruit, marzipan, toasted almonds, oak wood, soft wood smoke and vanilla.
  • Taste Solventy and ‘green’, gentle nutmeg and cinnamon spices, medium bodied, soft, metallic and fruity, sugar syrup, apple bubblegum, melon, some woody herbality, green apple, poached pears, vanilla.
  • Finish Long, vaporous and woody, cinnamon spice and apple.
  • Overall ‘Old school’ spirit led and refill cask influence, quite green and tropical with some metallic notes present still after 25 years, speaks volumes about Tomintoul’s spirit with a hint of tropicality thanks to its age.

Score 86/100

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