Nose: The citrus note is somewhat more restrained here than with the 10. Sweet maltiness is clearly noticeable, hints of honey. A sweet orange note reminds me of orangat. The Tomintoul 16 looks soft, fruity and very appealing on the nose. Vanilla envelops the baking ingredients. With a little patience, hazelnut appears. Pear and bright, sweet apple complete the fragrance. The nose starts reticent, interwoven, but offers some discoveries and develops visually (smelling). A delicate smell of coffee resonates and sends a greeting from the oak to the sensory cells.
Palate: The 16-year-old Tomintoul presents itself on the palate as very soft, mild and creamy. The oak is more present than with his younger brother. Spices are getting stronger. Mild roasted aromas sweep across an herb garden. It becomes increasingly drier with subtle sweetness.
Finish: With a slightly bitter herb, black coffee and dark chocolate, the finish is medium. Despite the clearer oak and increasing drought, it remains mild and true to its nickname.
Conclusion: an upgrade to the 10 series, nice, easy, without conjuring up the total rapture. But looks more complex and oak-emphasized. Less citrus but more fruity and malty than the Tomintoul 10.