For the last two years, it has been noticed that Tomintoul's founder Angus Dundee (who also possesses Glencadam) has been aromatic to the grindstone, encouraging expressions from both their distilleries.
You would see them at whisky demonstrations, both big and in some cases mainly small – usually with the similar line-up of whiskies, but taken as a complete, a mostly broad offering (with adequately of age statements). And yet, to the mind, there's a matter.
The product's fragrance has a powerful sense of 'green', and it has Granny Smith apples, greengages, gooseberries, and grass. Moreover, it has a strong sense of perfumes starting with the letter 'g', it looks. It has an abundance of maltiness but is controlled by some of the barley's organic sweetness.
Similarly, the product's smell is slightly similar to butterscotch, toffee, and honey sitting with ginger, cream nuts, and a verge of tart brassiness. It also has the reduction (and to a degree resting) highlights orchard fruits – pears & some riper and sorer apple varietals.
Next comes the taste; the taste has arrived a relatively positive combination of sticky mouthfeel alongside tasty fruitiness – nearly carbonated. The product's finish is short to medium, with fresh grassiness and white pepper.
Tomintoul, 14-year-old, is principally modest and certainly laid-back (like much of the distillery's range). But, it's also spirit-forwarded and utterly relaxed in its skin. It is relatively naked. And you will get that rather marvelous. The spectacular Tomintoul 14 Year Old has won a Gold award in the International Spirit & Wine Competiton 2019.
Perhaps this organic style is more in step with the present market and more of a selling point than its mild style?