Whisky Review: Tomintoul 1968 Thosop BVBA Belgium Exclusive for Malaysia

Style: Complex and Dignified

Nose:
Very shy to start with, tight peppermint grip loosens up inch by inch and develops into sumptuous, beautiful aroma – Slow cooked tropical fruits, cinnamon sugar, walnuts, chocolate almonds mixed with soft floral perfume. Still a bit hot, but after 30-40 minutes it all smooths out and shows incredible depth.

Palate:
Incredible elegant entrance. Chocolate cigar, polished oak, fragrant and juicy tropical fruits simmering with more chocolate and malt syrup. Ultimate amalgamation of elements and the delivery and texture are near perfect. Lightly wood smoke emerges from mid-palate, subtle toasted almonds, malt cake and dark fruits. Tannins and black pepper gently tingling. Very nice.

Finish:
Lemon honey, soft malt cake, chocolate oak and wood spice to finish.

Thoughts:
My first ever indie Tomintoul and I started with a bang. Magnificent bottling, but you have to really patient and wait for it to open up, it took me more than half an hour. All the lovely flavours you can expect from a well-aged malt are orchestrated and played beautifully. Complex and also incredibly vibrant for a 45 years old.

☆☆ [Highly Recommended]

[47.9% • 2013 Bottled • 1968 Distilled • Independent Bottling • Single Cask • Cask Strength • Non Chill Filtered • Non Coloured • Aged 45 Years • 198 Bottles • **]

-Esmond

Tasted at the Elysian Whisky Bar, Melbourne.

Whisky Review: Tomintoul Five Decades

Tasting Notes:

Tomintoul Five Decades

Style: Floral and Delicate

Nose:

Fragrant white flower and coconut cream on the nose. Vanilla with a sour-sweet scent of green mangoes. Sugar barley, citrus oil and vanilla sit on top of black peppercorns. Delicate fruitiness with a buttery texture.

Palate:

Floral perfume treads on the palate gently, subtle but remarkable… Also in comes a shred of bitterness. Delicate tropical fruits and vanilla pods are slowly transfigured into more floral side notes with inaudible sherry whispers. Spice brewing underneath. More gentle notes towards the end, rose water, vanilla drops and a touch of white pepper.

Finish:

Floral perfume stain, lightest blend of white flower and paw paw.

Thoughts:

A rather unique blend of floral and malt. Steady tropical fruits and vanilla core, as the perfume notes add a delicate touch to it. While it is said to have 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 years old of whiskies in this, I can hardly see any wrinkles from old age nor spices from young spirits. Interesting dram.

[50% •  2015 • Original Bottling • Non Chill Filtered • Limited Edition •  5230 Bottles •  Vatting of 10 – 50 Years Old]

-Esmond

Photo credit: The Whisky Company