From the gaelic "Tom an t-sabhail" - "little hill of the barn" or "Toman tuatheal" - "northern little hill".
Tomintoul is not normally open to the public. Having got to know several of the distillery staff at various Whisky shows, I was invited to drop into the distillery when I was in the area. I took advantage of that offer in 2007.
Tomintoul was a product of the 1960s whisky boom. Built by Hay & Macleod (whisky brokers) and W&S Strong (whisky blenders). Bought by Whyte & Mackay in 1975, a 12yo in a 'perfume bottle' was released in 1990, however a range of regular bottlings as single malt have only been taking place since Angus Dundee bought the distillery in 2000.
Angus Dundee was founded over 50 years ago by Terry Hillman, and the firm is still family-run - the main business is still blended whisky for the export market. They also acquired Glencadam in Brechin in 2003.
The distillery has warehouses containing some 116,000 casks and a blending centre on site.
In August 2009, Tomintoul Distillery, in conjunction with the Whisky Castle and the Clockhouse Restaurant in Tomintoul created the largest bottle of Whisky - 105.3 litres!
Malt Madness, Wikipedia, WhiskyMerchants.co.uk scotchwhisky.com
In depth description from the Jolly Toper (Mark from RMW Edinburgh).
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Nearest National Rail stations are Elgin (ELG) (30 miles), Keith (KEH) (28) or Aviemore (AVM) (26). Live train times: ELG, KEH, AVM. The preserved Strathspey railway runs to Boat of Garten (20) and Broomhill (17) - 3 trips a day, most days in Summer. The preserved Keith & Dufftown railway runs up to 3 trips a day at weekends in summer, some Fridays too & during Speyside Festivals to Dufftown Station (18).
Tomintoul is 8 miles from Bridge of Avon, near Ballindalloch on the A95 - follow the B9008 to Bridge of Livet, then the B9136 (there is also a short cut through Drumin shortly before Bridge of Livet), and 5½ miles from the village of Tomintoul - take the A939 to (a different) Bridge of Avon and join the B9136 there.
Tomintoul's range includes age statement bottlings at 10, 14 (46%), 16, 21, and 25 (43%) years old; a 1976 vintage & 15yo Portwood (46%) and 12yo Oloroso Sherry finishes (40% unless otherwise stated); NAS Tlàth; 40yo Quadruple Cask (43.1%); and NAS Five Decades (50%). In addition Tomintoul produces a peaty whisky (55ppm) for 3 weeks a year, which is used for Peaty Tang (NAS - 40%), and Old Ballantruan (NAS and 10yo), both at 50%.
Not too many independent bottlings of Tomintoul.
RMW TWE TWE - Old Ballantruan MoM
Nearest Bike shops Slochd (29 miles), Grantown (16), Elgin (30), Forres (31) Aviemore (27)
Ian Bishop Bikes Railway Cottages, Slochd, Carrbridge 01479 841666
Base Camp Bikes 5 The Square, Grantown 01479 870050
Bikes and Bowls 7 High Street, Elgin 01343 549656
Halfords Lossie Wynd N, Elgin 01343 552030
Stuarts Cycles & Sports Goods 32 High Street, Forres 01309 672432
Mikes Bikes 5a Myrtlefield, Aviemore 01479 810478
Bothy Bikes 5 Granish Way, Dalfaber, Aviemore 01479 810111
Photos on this page were taken by me. Click on photo to enlarge. Full size versions of all my photos of Tomintoul Distillery are available on Flickr.