In 2015 Tomintoul Distillery celebrated its 50th Anniversary. The distillery was founded in 1964 and started distilling the following year. Tomintoul is named after the nearby village, the highest village in Scottish Highlands.
It sits on the banks of the river Avon, in the parish of Glenlivet, thus its right to use “the Glenlivet” suffix stands really tall. Tomintoul Five Decades is a vatting of whiskies distilled in 1965, 1975, 1985, 1995 and 2005; it is also a testament of Tomintoul Master Distiller Robert Fleming, who personally selected the casks. The whisky is bottled at 50% abv and presented in crystal decanters. Only 5230 individually numbered decanters were produced.
Nose: elegant and floral, coconut shavings, toffee, vanilla, raisins, orange oil, mangos, plums, milk chocolate, hints of oak and beeswax.
Palate: delicate sherry notes, oranges, bananas, coconuts, honey-roasted almonds, vanilla, pepper, nutmeg, candied ginger and oak.
Finish: long and complex, good balance between fruit, spice and oak.