Tomintoul Vintage 1973 Cask No. 261: 50-Year-Old Single Malt Whisky Release

In the world of whisky aficionados, the unveiling of a rare gem always creates a buzz, and Tomintoul Distillery is set to stir excitement with the release of Tomintoul Vintage 1973 Cask No. 261. 

Priced at £10,000, this limited edition single cask is a connoisseur’s dream, promising a journey through time and a unique tasting experience.

tomintoul 1973 50 year old whisky bottle

Unravelling Tomintoul Vintage 1973

Building on the success of the 1973 bottling in 2018 (in which it won Gold at the World Whiskies Awards 2019), Tomintoul Distillery proudly presents Tomintoul Vintage 1973, Cask No. 261. Distilled in February 1973, this particular single malt has undergone a meticulous 50-year maturation process, showcasing the dedication and precision that define Tomintoul’s craftsmanship.

Crafting a Whisky Masterpiece

The ageing process of Tomintoul Vintage 1973 is a testament to the artistry of whisky production. 

Initial maturation occurred over 33 years in American oak ex-bourbon barrels within Tomintoul’s Cairngorms warehouse. Master Distiller Robert Fleming then took charge, selecting a single Oloroso Sherry hogshead cask for an additional 17 years of maturation. Bottled in April 2023, the whisky reached the significant milestone of 50 years.

Tomintoul Distillery

Nestled in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, Tomintoul Distillery embodies the essence of Speyside’s distilling heritage. It first opened its doors in 1965, harnessing the fresh pure water of Ballanturan Spring, Tomintoul produces exceptionally smooth and well-balanced whisky.

As a fourth-generation Speyside distiller, Robert Fleming carries forward a legacy of handcrafted whisky, employing traditional techniques that span centuries and contribute to the distinct flavour profile of Tomintoul whiskies.

Master Distiller’s Perspective

Robert Fleming shares insights into the production ethos, stating, “At Tomintoul, we’re one of just a few single malt Scotch whiskies still lovingly produced by hand. Using traditional techniques that stretch back hundreds of years, we take great pride in our whisky and appreciate the flavour and complexity that develops from time spent in the cask.”

Tasting Notes

Tomintoul Vintage 1973 Cask No. 261 stands out with its natural colour and cask strength of 42.9% ABV. 

Palate:

  • Crème caramel
  • Roast pecans
  • Fruitcake

Nose: 

  • Tobacco
  • Treacle
  • Liquorice

Finish 

  • Dark chocolate ganache
  • Stem ginger 
  • Delicate spices

A Collector’s Opportunity

Limited to 281 bottles, Tomintoul Vintage 1973 Cask No. 261 beckons collectors worldwide to secure a piece of whisky history. The recommended retail price of £10,000 signifies the exclusivity and unparalleled quality of this exceptional release.

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