Tomintoul is a Speyside distillery that I’ve not had anything from in a long while. So when fellow blogger and friend Sorren from OCDWHISKY asked me if I would like to try a sample I couldn’t say no.
It turned out to be a little special as it was from a competition that Sorren had entered, being run by Tomintoul for the chance to win some samples of the Five Decades expression. Celebrating the fifty years the distillery had been in business with a limited release of 5230 bottles, made up of individual casks from each of the decades it’s been open (1965, 1975, 1985, 1995 & 2005). Personally selected by master distiller Robert Fleming before he oversaw the marrying of the casks. Bottled at 50% abv and unchillfiltered with no artificial colouring.
So on with the tasting..
Nose: The first thing I noticed was a fruit note, some apple with a nice orange citrus counterpoint, rich vanilla fudge, creamy, clean crisp malt note towards the end..
Palate: There is quite a ginger spice hit, some fresh crisp apple with a lime undertone, the sweetness comes in the form of some maple syrup, with soft herbal note just appearing towards the end..
Finish: The spice stays until the very end with a toasted oak twist to it..
It’s quite an interesting dram to try with lots of different aspects to it, I must say a big thank you to Sorren at OCDWHISKY for this official sample from his competition prize.