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Whisky Reviews for Tomintoul 1995 SV
2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.00 points
- Blind, I would've guess this as a (somewhat younger) Glen Moray. Very dry and dusty, with the sherry finish only amounting to a half-successful attempt at covering up the inherent flaws of the cask.
Very heavy on the cereal / grain notes. The baseline here is dusty, dry barley, with a topcoat of red-fruity, slightly sour sherry aromas. My guess is they finished this cask because it was so un-fruity to begin with. Strong impressions of Chinese plum wine and dark-chocolate after-dinner mints. While some nice notes of older malt can be found, the alcohol is perceptible and brings with it associations of varnish that I'm not too fond of. Water initially seems to improve it, and it does add a floral element, but then the slightly stale aspect returns.
The finish works way better on the palate than it did on the nose. Nice zesty and sweet arrival. The age really starts to show about halfway through, when the juicy impression recedes and the cereal/old-Hogshead notes come through. This is the high point, though, because then the finish gains the upper hand again, and an indistinct fruity acidity tangoes with a mentholy booziness. Turns then a bit bitter at the end, almost hoppy. Still very drinkable and pleasant, all things considered. It's just that all the good stuff is concentrated in the middle, which is frustrating, especially when you take into account the price point of this bottling.
The weakest part. The ex-bourbon components that I really liked on the palate don't manage to sustain themselves into the finish. Instead, a vague acidity, which I ascribe to the sherry finish, drowns them out, and the aftertaste is somehow stale and hollow. Comes full circle by returning to the dusty cereal / old cracker aspect I initially found on the nose.