Tomintoul Celebrates Robert Fleming’s 30th Anniversary With a Series of Special Single Malts

Master distiller Robert Fleming celebrated three decades at Tomintoul Distillery in 2020. When Angus Dundee Distillers bought Tomintoul Distillery from Whyte & Mackay in 2000, they insisted that Fleming remain as part of the deal. Fleming personally selected these long-aged whiskies to showcase the character of the gentle spirit in oloroso sherry casks, Pedro Ximénez sherry butts, and a single bourbon barrel. While only the second and third editions were released in the States, the third-edition single cask is exclusive to the U.S. Now in his 32nd year as the custodian of Tomintoul Distillery, Fleming can take great pride in the quality of these special whiskies named in his honor.

Tomintoul 30 year old Robert Fleming 30th Anniversary Collection Reviewed

Tomintoul 30 year old Robert Fleming 30th Anniversary 2nd Edition
93 points, 51.1%, $1,095

After a 1-year finish in a PX sherry butt, this delivers an intense nose of honey, stone fruits, vanilla cream, golden plum, orange, lime peel, white pepper, and sanded oak. The first sip brings pear, apple, citrus, and spice, then after a delay, sweet citrus and peel oils erupt with grapefruit, light toffee, honey, marzipan, gentle mint, pepper, and clove, leaving soothing cinnamon and subtle oakiness to finish. (700 bottles)—Jonny McCormick

Tomintoul 30 year old Robert Fleming 30th Anniversary 3rd Edition
92 points, 52.7%, $1,050

Elegant classic Speyside characteristics from a single bourbon cask; a nose of light summer fruits, green apple, peach, nectarine, oak spices, vanilla sponge, orange cake, and hints of candied lemon and lime. Sweet lemon, lime marmalade, vanilla, and intense wood spice flavors deepen into creamy banana custard, toffee, and seasoned oak, with a complex finish of oak tannins and dry spices. (240 bottles; U.S. exclusive)—Jonny McCormick

Tomintoul 30 year old Robert Fleming 30th Anniversary 1st Edition
92 points, 49.7%, £495

After a final decade in a Spanish oloroso sherry butt, the nose of this starts sweetly, then blossoms with rich fruits, plus vanilla, honey, spun sugar, nutmeg, dried vine fruit, mixed peel, cherry stone, and gingerbread aromas. It has flavors of plum, green apple, orange, treacle sweetness, red berry fruits, peppery spice, cooked peach, walnut, dates, and a lip-smacking finish of cinnamon, Jaffa orange, and Brazil nut.—Jonny McCormick

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