Dewar Rattray Tomintoul Tasting Notes

Posted: September 23, 2011 in Scotch Whisky H-Z, Tomintoul

A.D Rattray Tomintoul 1999 (15 year old) 61%

Bourbon Cask 9289/ Dist: 1999 Btl: 2015/ Tasted: Sept 2015

Aromas of earthy honey, barley, sweet malt and tight, coffee’d tannins. With time hints of sour gooseberry, greengage, herbs and botanical spirit notes appear. I’m not surprised that it is a little spirity given the abv!

The palate is masked by the alcohol but it is again quite earthy and tight with latent honey, malt and what feels like hemmed in fleshy fruit. Quite woody and coffee’d on the middle. Long and succulent as the fruit finally breaks free of the alcohol with lingering herbs, coffee and honey.

A drop of water makes the nose more herbal as well as emphasising the green fruit and bringing out a touch of white liquorice. The palate is a little homogenous unfortunately, but pleasantly deep with the accent on the barley and herbal notes.

Dewar Rattray Tomintoul 1975 (30 year) old 41.5%

Bourbon Cask 30/ Dist Sept 1975 Btl: Aug 2006/ Tasted: Oct 2006

Lovely, dense, rich and oily aromas of menthol/mint infused earthy, foresty, loamy, undergrowthy fruit, along with smoke, a touch of mature peat, luscious fruit and vanilla. Stunning complexity. Again dense and oily on the palate. It opens with the earthy, loamy, mature fruit and mature peat flavours. Some lovely wood spices drift in and it finishes with the menthol note. Extremely oily, lingering and mouth-coatingly rich – Stunning.

Dewar Rattray Tomintoul 1967 (43 year old) 44.3%

Bourbon Cask 3557/ Dist: 1967 Btl: 2010/ Tasted: Nov 2010

Quite a reserved nose, yet joyously fruity – apricot, tangerine and tropical fruit with some brittle honey and granity notes. With time some camphor and lime emerges and the honey begins to assert itself as does the creamy oak. All in all it’s pretty laid back and mellow.

Gorgeously soft on the palate. Silky and fruity, just like the nose. There’s plenty of malt, barley and brittle honey joined by a lazy marzipan note and a herbal accented middle. The alcohol gently nips at the end, finishing with that highland-esque granity character. A dram to contemplate!



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