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Tomintoul 10 year old review

Tomintoul 10YO Single Malt Review
WhiskyRant conclusions
Tasting notes

Tomintoul 10 year old single malt whisky was introduced to their core range in 2002. This happened two years after the distillery was bought by Angus Dundee. Tomintoul distillery can be found inside the beautiful Glenlivet estate, from the Speyside region. It’s been named after the highest village in the Highlands of Scotland, the nearby village of Tomintoul.

The Tomintoul-Glenlivet Distillery produces whiskies which are famous for being gentle. That’s why you might know this distillery as The Gentle Dram. After tasting this 10 year old, and their 16 year old, I couldn’t agree more with their tag line. Both, the 10 and 16 year old single malts have been matured in American Oak Ex-Bourbon casks.

Down to Earth Dram

This malt whisky surely is gentle, it’s also very down to earth. A bit too modest to be honest. It doesn’t fit my palate, being too earthy, light and one-sided. The dominating earthy notes don’t fit well with the light palate. Like in Down to Earth, the movie, the main character seems to be out of place. Just like the aspiring black comic played by Chris Rock, who gets placed in the body of a wealthy white businessman.

Tasting Notes

Matured in:
Ex-Bourbon casks
ABV: 40%
Colour: Golden amber
Nose: As light as the aromas can be. Vanilla is the main character nyt otherwise it’s very hard to detect other notes. Sugary fruits, grass and barley.
Taste: Very light and smooth with malty and floral notes. Very grassy, yet light. Hints of toffee and honey. And did I say grass?
Finish: Earthy and grassy notes. Oak and nuts. Quite short and one-sided.
Balance: Surely a gentle dram like Tomintoul states itself. Way too light for my taste – the 16YO is a big step up. Would have been interesting to try this at 46% ABV and non-chill filtered.

Tomintoul 10YO Scoring

Distillery: Tomintoul Region: Speyside

Tomintoul 10YO Single Malt Scotch Whisky Review

Johannes Lindblom
Johannes Lindblom
Finnish whisky enthusiast and the author of WhiskyRant! A digital marketing professional by day – a whisky reviewer and informer by night.


  1. Grant says:

    Hi Johannes
    I am appreciating your reviews as I sense that you enjoy and view whisky in a similar way as myself.
    The reason I am contacting you is your remarks about Tomintoul 10.
    I have only recently experimented with Tomintoul. Bought the taster box 10 16 and 21for $ 33 or $36?
    My view of the 10 that it didn’t really come up to the mark of a 10 year!
    The 16 in my mind, I said this is a step up from the 10! No.. its two steps up!
    When I read you saying about it being a step up! uncanny!
    The 21 has whats good about the 16 with more depth, fruitiness, floral, lovely sweetness, which I like.
    The earthy grassiness that
    you rightly speak of is back further if it can be put like that!
    I also bought the 25! 21 bucks for 50 mils.
    Just had to try it!
    The 25 rightly has deeper concentration, complexity, however it also has more barrel influence which consequentially
    I faltered a bit on!
    The 25 is very pricey.
    My pick the 21, lovely! Have purchased a 700 ml bottle, cheapest I could find in New Zealand $198! ouch!!
    What we do for whisky!
    Cheers Grant

    • Johannes Lindblom says:

      Hi Grant,

      Thanks for the comment, I’m with you on this one, though lack experience with over 20 year old Tomintouls. This 10YO felt okay but way too gentle for me and the 16YO surely was a big step up from that. Yes, I was probably understating it here :). Glad to hear you’ve had the chance to try those older expressions 👍

      br, Johannes

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