Tuesday 17 December 2019

Tomintoul 1968 Whiskybroker [Road to #1000, Review #994]

Hi everyone,

Now I know I said I don’t often taste whiskies distilled back in the 60’s but this was an exception.
In fact, both this and the 1968 Glen Elgin were reasonably priced at Usquabae in Edinburgh. Which was great. Great bar, great atmosphere and food.
This one was recommended by one of the people behind the bar.
What I didn’t realise at the time was that Tomintoul had only started production in July 1965! Only three years before this was distilled. This was probably sold for an insanely low cost, as most of Whiskybroker’s bottlings are.

Tomintoul 1968 Whiskybroker 47.6%
Colour: Amber
Body: Medium/Full
Nose:Kinda soapy, outside a Lush shop, lavender, FWP-esque, Haribo Strawbs, wood varnish, green apple amazingly (can’t believe that it’s kept that freshness), leather as well.
Taste: Chewy, fruit, red apple, a little soapy then big strong oak, spice with ginger, then backs off with the soap returning. Not bad soap, not really an off note, but a little weird.
Finish: Long length. Strawberry Haribo-Strawbs, plenty of awesome chocolate, amazing finish.
Bottled at 43yo. Better as it opens up, though it remains a bit soapy. Similar to the two 1972 Tobermory’s that I’ve tasted actually.

Thanks for reading!

Scotch Review #831
Whisky Network Review #994

Network Average: 75.2
Best Score: 94
Worst Score: 12
0-49 Terrible
50-59 Bad
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
70-74 Good
75-79 Very Good
80-84 Excellent
85-89 Superb
90+ Magnificent

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