Re: Tomintoul Whisky
I tried the 12 year old Oloroso cask and enjoyed it very much. There's no particular reason why you shouldn't taste pencil shavings on it though. The wood can impart some of those flavours, although I didn't notice it myself. Here's the note I wrote for it:
Tomintoul 12yo Limited Edition Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish, 40%
Colour : Tawny/mahogany
Nose : Oranges and malt. A slight dash of the bottom of the roasting tin.
Palate : Very light. the strength is a real shame, but the lovely orange and mango washes across the palate in the most enjoyable way.
Finish : Then the finish is amazingly lively. Like some sort of dark summer fruit sherbet, spiced with a litle cinammon. Yummy.
Comment : Disappointed with the strength here, but this is a lovely sub-£30 dram. Easy drinking and delicious.
As to the rest of the range that Bruce is talking about, I think they are very nice as well. I think the 27yo is lovely and I'd be interested to know where you can get it for less than £50 Bruce.