Nose: waxed apples and linseed oil up front, followed by some yellow plums and gooseberries. Buttery vanilla cake and some waxed papers. Light herbal notes and honey. Subtle lemon. Quite rounded and really nice.
Mouth: quite sweet and waxy, with a great texture. Peaches and honey, yellow apples, quinces and hints of custard. Still a brighter lemony note to balance the creaminess. Hints of butter pastry and subtle syrupy notes. Some sweet coconut cream as well.
Finish: medium long, still creamy and round, with apples, sweet oranges and a late hint of latte.
Story of Burnside
Situated on the banks of the Spey’s main tributary, the Avon (pronounced A’an), and taking its name from Scotland’s highest village nearby, Tomintoul is another 1960s distillery whose make has only recently been more widely seen as single malt.
Starting life as a small site with two stills, the number has since doubled. Its style also appears to have shifted on at least two occasions from the overtly fruity manifestations of its earliest guise to a more cereal-accented make in recent years. A peated variant, bottled as Old Ballantruan, is also now part of the portfolio. Its growing presence in the malt category will hopefully convince more people of its undoubted quality.