• Jul 25, 2013

Can one talk of lines, shapes and curves when describing a bottle? I believe so!

No other words can describe the attractive bold curves of Old Ballantruan aged 10 years. The Bottle has a unique dark antique green colour with water-slide transfer labelling conveying a unique blend of the vintage contemporary experience. Each bottle is packaged individually in a striking carton; reflecting the colours of natural peat burnt during the malt drying process.


Needless to say, its contents are as good as its packaging – in this case, I think we can safely say “Judge a book by its cover!”.

Old Ballantruan retains the smoky phenolic notes that characterise Islay malts but in the background there is a slight sweetness associated with the normal Tomintoul “unpeated” whiskies, attributed to the distillation process. This has created a mature peated Scotch whisky of exceptional quality from the prestigious Speyside Glenlivet region.

This 10 year old release is bottled at 50% abv and unchillfiltered. The majority of whisky brands are bottled at 40% abv and are chill filtered prior to the bottling thus removing the fatty esters which would turn the whisky slightly hazy. There is a suggestion that chill filtration removes some of the congener profile from the whisky and that by not chill filtering it, the whisky retains more flavour.

Above 46% abv the haze elements are not apparent therefore unchillfiltered whiskies, including Old Ballantruan, are preferably bottled at higher strengths. The 50% target was selected as being rather unique like its liquid, a peated single malt from the Speyside Glenlivet region!

Tasting Notes;

Colour: Rich gold

Nose: Gently spicy with smokey “peat-reek” deliciously balanced by a sweeter creamy core

Palate: Some gentle peaty smokiness equipoised with a sweet, creamy, malty backbone

Finish: Climbing finish of sweetness gradually replaced with smokey depth

  • Jun 20, 2013

At 7pm on Wednesday 29th May, Tomintoul Single Malt Scotch Whisky held its first ever Twitter tasting, with the newly launched Tomintoul Vintage Single Cask 1981 and Tomintoul Single Malt Aged 21 Years. This is the first Single Cask product to be released from the distillery and only 196 bottles were made, at a cask strength of 53.9% abv and with no artificial colouring or chill filtration.

20 Twitter users were selected to take part in the tasting, entering through an app on the Tomintoul Whisky Facebook page, with the final place offered as a competiton prize on Twitter. Those tasting were a mixture of bloggers and whisky fans from a number of different countries, including Holland, Spain, France and Israel.

  • May 07, 2013

Robert Fleming, Tomintoul Master Distiller, will be hosting our first ever Twitter tasting, with Tomintoul Whisky, at 7pm on Wednesday 29th May. He will be tasting the newly launched Tomintoul Vintage Single Cask 1981, and Tomintoul 21.

A limited number of spaces are on offer, to both bloggers and whisky lovers, to take part as a Twitter taster on the night. Those interested can apply through the Promo tab on the Tomintoul Facebook page. Registration to take part is open until 15th May at 3.00pm.

More details, including full terms and conditions, can be found here.

The event can be followed using the hashtag #Tom1981. 


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  • May 07, 2013

Glencadam Distillery, has requested has help from the local community of Brechin in trying to gather historical information about the distillery. As the distillery was built in 1825, it has a long history and ownership has changed hands a number of times. No archive that charts the distillery's history can be found.
Angus Dundee Distillers bought Glencadam in 2003, and would like to learn more about any events at the distillery, the people who worked there and the local community. We are seeking any information that may be of interest, in the form of stories, photographs, old news articles or documents. 

Angus Dundee already know the following information about Glencadam Distillery:

  • Glencadam Distillery was built in 1825. There are no records of by whom, it is thought a Mr Cooper, who sold the distillery to David Scott in 1827
  • Owned by David Scott and his descendants from 1827- 1891 ( rented to various distillers)
  • Chequered history with a succession of owners and closure during both world wars, while the warehousing was use for barracks
  • Bought in 1950s by Hiram Walker and upgraded in size and production facilities
  • Hiram Walker subsequently became Allied Domeq
  • Closed by Allied Domeq 2000
  • Bought by Angus Dundee Distillers 01.06.2003

We would be delighted to hear from anyone who may be able to help build a more detailed picture of life at the distillery since 1825.

  • Apr 26, 2013

Tomintoul Vintage Cask - Cropped

Tomintoul Distillery has recently released its first ever single cask edition of its award-winning malt range;Tomintoul Speyside Glenlivet Single Malt Bourbon Cask - Vintage 1981.

This rare single cask release has been bottled in an opulent clear glass 70cl decanter style bottle, and is presented in an elegant gift box. The whisky was distilled on the 30th of October 1981 and has matured ever since in bourbon cask number 5985.

This cask was selected for the exceptional quality of the mature malt whisky therein. Bottled in February 2013 at 53.9% ABV, the whisky is deliberately un-chillfiltered. Only 198 bottles have been produced and each bottle has been individually numbered. The bottle label also records the cask number and the date of distillation and bottling.

Tomintoul Distillery is located near Tomintoul, the highest village in the Highlands of Scotland. It sits in an area of stunning natural beauty, in the prestigious Glenlivet Estate, at the heart of the Speyside region.

As for the taste profile:


Rich gold


Soft, mature malt, some sweetness with hints of pepper spiciness from the oak.
Suggestions of dark orange marmalade


Round, mature, full malt with sweetness and orange marmalade


Enduring with sweetness giving way to peppery finalé

This limited edition will be available in key western European markets and Asia. It is envisaged that each bottle will retail for around £250 in the UK and € 300 in Europe.

For more information contact:

Duncan Baldwin

Angus Dundee Distillers Plc
20-21Cato Street, London W1H 5JQ
Office Tel: +44 (0) 207 569 2000
Office Fax: +44 (0) 207 569 2512
Mobile/Cellular. +44 (0)7802 357049
Email: dbaldwin@angusdundee.co.uk

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