Distillery Bottlings

Posted 21 November 2018

Over the last 2 years, I’ve noticed that Tomintoul’s owner Angus Dundee (who also own Glencadam) have been nose to the grindstone promoting expressions from both their distilleries. I’ve seen them at whisky shows both large and in some cases particularly small – usually with the same line-up of whiskies, but taken as a whole, a particularly broad offering (with plenty of age-statements). And yet to my mind there’s an issue. It’s not one of depth – there’s lots on offer here. Likewise, whilst some might argue the contrary, I don’t believe it’s an issue of quality nor of style – if you’re only looking for peat monsters, fair enough, move on. No, the problem I see with Angus Dundee’s range – in particular with Tomintoul - is one identity.

Posted 25 February 2020

Whisky has a tendency to focus on the past. The creation of the liquid itself being a point in time which can be measured and then looked back upon as a footnote in history. In the case of some coveted bottlings – a generational divide between distillation and bottling and countless world events in between. In the eyes of some – a desirable liquid chronology. But for much of the whisky market, the simple passage of time holds far less resonance. How often have you held a bottle of 12 year old whisky and thought back to what you were doing in July 2008? For enthusiasts, whisky and time is often far more relatable to its point of consumption rather than its point of inception. And as such, the presentation of that whisky – its style, its character, its packaging, its price – all of those things are usually considered in the context of ‘today’.

Posted 01 June 2020

Whisky is often thought of as a seasonal drink – from outside of the bubble it has a long-standing reputation for being allied to long nights, colder evenings and roaring fires. Within the industry, there’s a predisposition for utilising the seasons merely as another tool in the marketing arsenal for making a sale – positioning an ideal ‘summertime’ dram as somehow also being perfect as a Christmas gift for a loved one less than 6 months later. Seasonality is tricky – no producer wants to limit their sales window to just proportion of the year.

Independent Bottlings


Posted 26 May 2021

Over to Tomintoul for a 10 year old that has set its time inside a refill butt. 246 bottles at 56.7% ABV is the result. And you can pick one up from The Whisky Exchange for £66.95.

Posted 15 December 2022

Over to Tomintoul for a ruby port barrique finish (14 months – the Watt’s apparent ‘go to’ length for additional maturation currently) that’s been applied to a 2010 12 year old. 58.4% ABV, and a sticker price of £71.95 at The Whisky Exchange.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society

Posted 01 February 2018

The ‘Gentle Dram’ in SMWS single cask form – only the 9th Society bottling from this distillery. This one has been matured in a 2nd fill ex-bourbon barrel for 10 years. Spicy and Dry profile.



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