Tomintoul Distillery was founded in 1965; from 1973 to 2000 was owned by Whyte & Mackay and supplied malt to the company blends.
Angus Dundee Distillers, another blending company, acquired the distillery in 2000 and started promoting Tomintoul single malt, with majority of output still going into blends. (Angus Dundee keeps a low profile but it accounts for 5% of Scotch whisky exports.) Tomintoul 25 years old was added to the range in the spring of 2015; the whisky has been aged in white American oak barrels and bottled in limited quantities. It was awarded a bronze at the Drinks International Travel Retail Awards for best new packaging.
Nose: fresh, fruity and slightly floral, dried flower petals, hay, apples, peaches, pears, vanilla, toffee, dash of lemon pepper, cedar and oak.
Palate: smooth and gentle, vanilla custard, butterscotch, baked apples, candied lemon peel, buttered toast, toasted almonds and delicate oaky bitterness.
Finish: medium long, with notes of vanilla, butterscotch, mixed spice and oak.