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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

Tomintoul Single Malt  Scotch Whisky

Speyside Distillery Infomation

Tomintoul Distillery History 

Two firms, Hay & Macleod &Co and W. S. Strong both whisky brokers located in Glasgow, established the Tomintoul Distillery Ltd in 1964. At the time there was a shortage of malt whisky for blending.


The location chosen was five miles north of Tomintoul, 2nd highest village in Scotland, close to the famous whisky producing Glenlivit area with a plentiful supply of water from the Ballantruan Spring.


The first Tomintoul licensed distillery was called Delnabo built shortly after the Excise Act of 1823 The first un-named distiller went bust and the distillery was taken over by George Smith of Glenlivit fame. The distillery was used as an addition to his distilling activities until he moved to the present Glenlivit site in 1858.


The founding firms merged with Whyte & Mackay in 1973 that invested in the distillery and increased the number of stills from 2 to 4.


Whyte & Mackay was sold to Brent Walker in 1989 the following year Whyte & Mackay was sold on to American Brands Inc. The distillery was then purchased by Angus Dundee plc in 2000


The malt whisky produced has been a long time contributor to Whyte & Mackay blends.  


Tomintoul Single Malt  Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottlings

Aged 10 Years

Aged 12 Years

Aged 12 years Portwood Finish

Aged 14 Years

Aged 16 Years

Aged 21 Years

Aged 33 Years

1976 Vintage

Tomintoul Peaty Tang  

Old Balatrum Peated


Tomintoul Single Malt  Scotch Whisky Distillery

Older Discontinud Bottlings

Aged 12 years Oloroso Cask

Aged 27 Years


Tomintoul Single Malt  Scotch Whisky

Independent Bottlings




Gordon & MacPhail Rare & Old

Mackillop’s Choice,

Mission (Murray McDavid),

Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Scotts Selection (Speyside Distillers)

Un-Chill Filtered  (Signatory).


Tomintoul Single Malt  Scotch Whisky 1967 40%

Gordon & MacPhail  Rare & Old


Tasting note..

Colour: Rich, orange - brown.



Nose: Sherry with red berry fruit notes. Some sweet, treacle toffee aromas and a rich, earthy peaty note

Palate: Sweet sherry with an initial pepperiness, fudge and soft fruit elements develop. A delicate smokiness


With Water

Nose: Sherry wood, floral elements with some hessian notes. Fresh fruit - cooking apples underneath along with a rounding sweetness.

Palate: Slightly smoky note along with the sherry and dried fruit flavours - dated & figs.

Body: Complex with rich, layered aromas and flavours.

Finish: Lasting, sherry and a touch of peat smoke

Cask Type: First Fill Sherry Butt.

Whisky Style: Sherry influence with strong distillery character still present.


Tomintoul Distillery, Ballindalloch, Banffshire AB37 9AQ

Tel: +44 (0)1807 590274


No Visitor Facilities.

Tomintoul Scotch Whisky

Distillery Style Tasting Notes


Nose: Light with citrus fruit, especially oranges.


Palate: Light to medium bodied. Fresh juicy barley, creamy, citric fruit.


Finish: Long and gentle. Zesty orange and a touch of spice.


International Wine Spirit

Tomintoul 10 Years Old

IWS Challange - China -2006 -Gold Medal

IWS Competition -London 2006 Gold Medal

2006-Bronze Medal  2007-Silver Medal  


Tomintoul 16 Years Old

IWS Competition London – 2010 Gold Medal

IS Challenge London – 2010 Gold

SFWSC  San Francisco 2003 Gold Medal Beverage Tasting Institute 2004 Exceptional”

IWS Competition, London – 2005 Silver Medal

Scottish Field Whisky Merchants-2006 Distinction

IWS Challange - China -2006 -Gold Medal

IWS Competition -London 2006 Silver Medal

Prodexpo Competition, Russia – 2007 Gold

Internationaler Spirituosen Wettbewerb, Neustadt, Germany – 2007 Silver

IWS Competition London 2007 Bronze Medal


“Tomintoul 33 Years Old”

IWSCompetition London – 2010 Gold

The Spirits Business, Speyside Over 25, Whisky Masters -2010 Gold Medal,

ISChallange London – 2010 Silver

Founded in 1964 by the Tomintoul Distillery Ltd

Location Speyside region, Western district towards Grantown on Spey

Water source The Ballantruan Spring.


Tomintoul Distilling Equipment

Semi-Lauter mash tun

6 Stainless steel washbacks

4 Stills with boil balls in their necks

Matured in a combination of American oak bourbon casks, refill hogsheads with some Oloroso sherry butts.