Tomintoul 1967 48 Year Old (casks 150031 & 150032) - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid) (70cl, 40.1%)
An independent bottling of Tomintoul distilled in 1967 and bottled by Murray McDavid in October 2015 at an impressive 48 years old. Matured in a bourbon barrel then finished in a 1st fill bourbon barrel.
The name Tomintoul comes from Scotland's highest village just a few miles away. The distillery was built in 1965 by whisky brokers Hay & MacLeod and W & S Strong, and merged with Whyte & Mackay in the early 1970s. Capacity was expanded and the distillery changed hands several more times before it came under the ownership of Angus Dundee Distillers in 2000, and the first 10 Year Old single malt was released in 2002. A peated malt named Old Ballantruan was launched in 2005, named after Tomintoul's water source, the Ballantruan Spring. Tomintoul distillery has gained a reputation for producing laid-back, mellow whiskies, hence their tagline is 'The Gentle Dram'.
Murray McDavid were founded in 1996 by Mark Reynier, Simon Coughlin and ex-Springbank distillery Director, Gordon Wright. The company bought re-opened Bruichladdich distillery in December 2000, hiring Jim McEwan as Master Distiller. The company was purchased by Remy Cointreau in 2012, with the Murray McDavid brand eventually returning to Scottish hands the following year. Murray McDavid is famed for coining the term "ACE-ing" (additional cask enhancement) in relation to their cask finishing process, something they continue to use to great effect to this day.