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  • Five Days of Five Decades - Day 1

    This time last year we celebrated 50 years of Tomintoul 'the gentle dram'. This year, we celebrate by taking a look at what makes Tomintoul special from the team members themselves with a timeline of 'Five Days of Five Decades'.

    To kickstart the celebrations five members of team Tomintoul, each born within one of the last Five Decades share their experiences working at the Distillery.

    Starting off with Production Manager, Graeme Bowie.

    Decade born -1965.

    The year the first cask at Tomintoul Distillery was filled. Read what Graeme has to say about his time at the Distillery below.

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    We are proud to announce the release of Tomintoul “Tlàth”.

    Pronounced “Tlah” in the named derives from Gaelic word meaning –gentle/mellow reflecting the true meaning of our whisky which is known as “the gentle dram”.

    Tomintoul Tlàth is the result of a very careful selection of individual casks. The hand-chosen collection consists of whiskies of various ages matured in first-class American oak bourbon barrels.

    The new addition serves as an entry point to the core range representing great value for money. The proof is in the taste and quality of the whisky in the bottle.

    Marketing Director, Duncan Baldwin said: “After experimenting with different cask types and flavour styles we have produced a very exciting whisky. The result is this superb release of Tomintoul, “Tlàth.”

    Tasting Notes:

    Colour: Golden Straw

    Nose: Quintessentially Speyside. Light, with some sweet toffee and vanilla and hints of mint leaf and citrus peel.

    Palate:  Light and creamy. Lively white pepper and some oak-driven spiciness dance on the tongue with background layers of nutmeg and toasted vanilla.

    Finish: Spicy with notes of shortbread and fresh mint

    Tlàth is bottled at 40% vol and packaged in cases of 6 x 70cl clear glass bespoke bottles with individual cylindrical canisters.

    The new edition will be available in key European, Duty Free and selected world markets.

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  • We're proud sponsors of the first ever Blacknose Beauties National Show

    Tomintoul Distillery is proud to be part sponsors of the first ever Blacknose Beauties National Show, organised by local farmers to celebrate some of the most beautiful and rare bred sheep. The show will be held in Carlisle on the 20th August and we will be supplying the winner’s trophy (pictured above).


    In the lead up to the event we had a few of the sheep from the UK Valais Blacknose Society visit us. Bertie and Lucas stopped by the Distillery today (pictured with Lisa and Nikki) for a few photos and a sniff of Tomintoul whisky ;).

    Handing over the winner's trophy to Jenni - the event organiser and part owner of the Blacknose Beauties National Show.

    If you will like to attend the show please see below for details.

    Date - August 20 2016

    Location - Borderway Mart, Rosehill, Carlisle, CA1 2RS

    Find out more about the show here:

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  • Dowans Hotel Whisky Dinner With Master Distiller Robert Fleming.

    On Friday August 5th The Dowans Hotel held an intimate dinner with our Master Distiller, Robert Fleming. The evening featured the tasting of four Tomintoul expressions (pictured) served alongside a four course meal. The evening also involved a talk held by Robert about the Distillery and how Tomintoul whisky is made. 

    Read below what The Dowan's Hotel had to say on their event's Facebook page about Robert:

    'Robert Fleming has been in the position of Master Distiller at Tomintoul Distillery for over 20 years. As passionate as he is about the area (he was born and bred on the Glenlivet Estate), he is equally, if not more passionate about whisky; you could almost say that it was 'in the family' with four previous generations of his family working as distillers in the area.
    A passionate yet humble man, he truly is a recognised master of his industry...even if he might not say that himself!

    We are honoured to have him join us for a four course meal, each course specifically paired with one of the fantastic range of expressions that he has been at the helm of creating at Tomintoul. He has promised that there will be something a little extra to finish the evening but he holds onto his secrets like he holds onto his Tomintoul 21 year old so you'll just have to join us to find out what that may be!'

    A big thank you to The Dowan's Hotel for having us and to the guests who attended this special event. To find out more about our latest events please sign up on our 'Contact Us' page.

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    Meet the newest member of Team Tomintoul – Graeme!

    Graeme is our new Production Manager who will be taking over from Tom when he retires in November.

    Fun fact – Graeme was born on the same day the first cask at Tomintoul was filled!

    With over 30 years’ experience, he’ll be responsible for the smooth running of the production at the Distillery alongside Master Distiller Robert Fleming and Production Supervisor Andrew Sim.



    ‘I was eager to get back to the production side of the industry and when the opportunity arose to apply for the Production Managers position at Tomintoul I jumped at the chance. I look forward to helping the team produce superb whiskies for a long time to come. I think that I was meant to be at Tomintoul Distillery as we both have the same birthday. I was born on the 23rd July 1965 and the first cask of spirit filled at Tomintoul was also the 23rd July 1965. Scary!!!’

    When I am not working, Astrid (wife) and I love having our 4 month old grand-daughter Kara Grace over to stay at the weekend.’

    Welcome Graeme! We look forward to making great whisky moments! 

    Slainte Mhath

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    For over 50 years we've been crafting ‘the gentle dram’ and last year we launched the ‘Five Decades’ edition to commemorate and celebrate the Five Decades of craftsmanship. This month, we will be celebrating by looking at what makes our whisky unique, from the distillation to the people. We’d also love for you to share with us your Five Decades moments by tweeting us a photo or a memorable moment from the last 50 Years! Winner wins a special sampling pack.

    All the best,
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    It's that time of the year again and the Edinburgh Whisky Fringe is fast approaching. Members of team Tomintoul - Douglas, Iain, Robert, Cheryl and Nikki will be in attendance. Come along and meet the team and sample our range!

    The Venue  – 

    Mansfield Traquair


    EH3 6BB

    Whisky Fringe 2016 is on Friday 12th, Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th August, 2pm – 6 pm each day (last sample pour at 5.45pm) 

    Get your tickets here:

    We hope to see you there!

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    Our Tomintoul 25 Year Old and Five Decades Single Malt whiskies have been recognised and awarded with the following: 

    Tomintoul Speyside Glenlivet Aged 25 Years

    Gold Outstanding 2016 - Packaging 

    Silver Outstanding 2016 - In Whisky - Scotch - Single Malt - Speyside - 20-26yo



    Tomintoul Speyside Glenlivet Five Decades

    Silver Outstanding 2016 - Packaging

    We're yet again pleased with our awards and would like to thank the IWSC for recognising and awarding our malts.

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  • 5 Interesting Facts About Whisky - National Scotch Day!



    It’s National Scotch Day and what better way to celebrate than to share a few interesting facts with you, and a dram of Scotch Whisky of course:-

    1. Whisky can only be called Scotch Whisky if it has been distilled, filled into oak casks, and warehoused in Scotland for at least three year.

    2. There are various kinds of Scotch Whiskies:

    • Blended Scotch Whisky – a mixture of malt and grain whiskies
    • Single Grain Scotch Whisky – grain whisky from one grain distillery
    • Blended Malt Scotch Whisky – a mixture of at least two malt whiskies
    • Single Malt Scotch Whisky – malt whisky from one malt distillery

    3. Culturally there are different ways to enjoy Scotch whisky:

    • In Scotland, Scotch whisky tends to be enjoyed straight with the occasional drop of water.
    • In other parts of the world like Madrid, Scotch can be enjoyed with ice and cola and in Shanghai with Green tea.

    4. Whisky in Gaelic reads ‘Uisge Beathe’, which ‘water of life’ and was used in ancient times for medicinal purposes to aid illnesses.

    5. The angels’ share - Whisky stored in barrels gradually evaporates at an approximate rate of 2% a year. This is referred to as the famous ‘angels’ share’.

    Lastly, Scotch is not just limited to Whisky, it can also be known for the famous breaded flavoursome scotch eggs,

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