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  • Tremendous 33 year old

    Tremendous 33 year old!

    The New Year sets the precedent for all annual book releases and Jim Murray’s whisky bible is no exception.

    Jim Murray’s infamous whisky bible is a collection of over 4,500 whiskies crossing all continents – providing a concise directory into the vast and complex world of whisky. This is Jim’s 11th year and whisky bible, providing us once again with over 1,100 new entries. Not a bad job really, with only 365 days a year – Jim is averaging a minimum of 3 whiskies a day and that’s only for the new entries!

    Despite his overstretched schedule, Jim Murray has had time to re-taste and re-evaluate our tremendous Tomintoul aged 33 years. Last year Jim had allocated a respectable 90.5 which placed us in the “Brilliant” category of his score chart. This year however, Jim has inscribed that our 33 year old is “just about textbook aged high quality malt: exotic fruit at every turn... and displaying extraordinary depth and intensity into the bargain”. And yes you guessed it; we have been decorated with a superb 95.5, placing the fabulous 33 year old in the category of “Superstar whiskies that give us all a reason to live”. We knew you could do it; congratulations Tomintoul’s 33 year old! Well worth the long, long wait!

    NB: (do not wait too long – as the stock are running very low of the 33 year old)

  • the Season of The “Christmas Party”

    the Season of the “Christmas Party”

    Once again it is that time of year, all the pubs, bars and restaurants are overflowing with merry enjoyment as we all fall victim to the overindulging winter celebrations!

    Amongst arranging our own personal social calendars of catch-ups with long lost friends, dinners with relatives and romantic days out with loved ones; we also have the more formal but certainly no less merrier Christmas bash. And here at Angus Dundee, we are no exception!

    As we set off from our various abodes, from Scotland and England alike – to the debonair Dorchester in London for our lovely Christmas Party last Saturday, none knew the exquisite evening planned ahead. From aperitif to desert, the party was a success!

    The chatter and laughter of all the colleagues with their “plus 1” at the pre-dinner bar proved the beginning of the convivial and family sense of the company. We were then ushered through to the beautifully laid out dinning room , as our evening’s entertainment fluttered in with Dawn Harvey, our lovely receptionist, performing two dances with her belly-dancing troupe. As the evening moved on, so did the merriment and entertainment. We were spellbound by Jean Hillman’s singing, accompanied by Gary on the baby Grand, which finished on the captivating rendition of “I dreamed a dream” from “les Miserables”.

    We were then delighted to have Terry Hillman come forward to do a lovely speech, with a traditional resume of the past year, linking it to the global Scotch Whisky industry and the developments at Angus Dundee Distillers throughout its time.

     The medals and cup were then awarded by Tania Hillman to the participant of the inaugural Angus Dundee Golf competition played the previous day. Robert Fleming was kind enough to say a few words and suggested that maybe a golf course in some warmer climate may be more appropriate for the next competition!

    Aaron Hillman came forward to say some words of thank you, to his workers and colleagues for another great year – with the hope that we would go from strength to strength, not only as a company but also as a team.

    Lorne Mackillop amused us greatly with his annual Christmas speech, not sure the theme this year was as seasonal as former ones. Nevertheless, thank you Lorne for trying to entertain us every year!

    Last, but by no means least – Duncan Baldwin, our multi-talented colleague, burst out some great tunes firstly on the piano before playing his guitar and singing his famous adapted songs!

    Our evening came to a close, when the youngest member present, Elliot Kendall, one of Terry’s grandsons, came forward to present Terry with a gift of thankfulness from all of us at Angus Dundee - symbolising our recognition and appreciation of Terry and the company. This was a custom-made pen and pencil set made from a stave from an ex-whisky oak barrel.

    What a great Bash!                                   xmasparty 2013 copy

  • England vs Scotland

    On Friday 13th December, Crews Hill Golf Club became the venue for the inaugural Angus Dundee Golf Match pitting players selected from our English office against a visiting team from our Scottish locations. Yes, England vs Scotland! Our team members met in a good competitive spirit as the early morning fog lifted to give way to a beautifully mild late autumn day in Middlesex.

    The England team consisted of our youngest member and organiser of the event Jordan Kendall, Regional Director Duncan Baldwin, Financial Controller Dilip Mapara and Chief Accountant Tim Craik. The Scotland team was composed of our Managing Director Aaron Hillman, Master Distiller Robert Fleming, General Operations Manager Martin Meldrum and Operations Manager Steven McNeil  They set off in two teams of four playing a ‘4 ball better ball stableford’.

    With some sociable banter and friendly rivalry, the teams played marvellously well in an evenly contested match which concluded appropriately in a draw!

    Post-match, each team member was given a medal, and a trophy will now have the winners of the 2013 event engraved as England and Scotland with a shared ownership in this inaugural year. The trophy will spend its first six months with the Scottish team!

    Next year, the trophy will once again be competed for – I heard that a new venue may be found for the next match : “La Manga, anyone?!”golf day copy

  • Convivial Camaraderie in support of the NFU

    Distilleries across the regions in Scotland came together throughout this summer to create an exclusive collection for a unique blend of Scotch Whiskies to raise money for the National Farmers Union’s Centenary Fund. Tomintoul Dist

    The distilleries across the regions of Scotland have donated bottles of their distinctive whiskies to be blended in a cask; the tour started from Auchroisk Distillery and finished on Friday 4th October at Dufftown’s iconic Glenfiddich Distillery passing through many distilleries including our lovely Tomintoul. Tomintoul distillery donated a Tomintoul 12YO Single Malt scotch whisky at cask strength. Proudly donating this Tomintoul 12YO cask sample is our Production Supervisor, Andrew Sim.

    These whiskies will be creating a “Pillage Malt” to be left for a few months in cask to craft a unique and most likely impossible to re-create blend of Malt Scotch Whiskies. The cask will be bottled at the end of the year in preparation for the auction at the union’s annual meeting in February 2014 to raise money for the union’s Centenary Fund that is assisting schools and other farm-related initiatives across Scotland. This distinctive blend will be known as the “Banffshire Centenary Blended Malt”.

  • Celebrating motorcycling in the beautiful region of Tomintoul!

    On their route to the annual Alford Motorcycle Convention Gathering, the crowds gathered in Tomintoul on the eve of a mass ride out on Sunday morning.

    Saturday 7th September 2013 Tomintoul hosted the pre-Alford Motorcycle Convention Gathering.  There was live music and entertainment in the form of the Extreme Wheelie Machine and Bike Displays by the Bon Accord MCC with demonstration by trials rider BRAIN MARR, before the band DC79 took to the village hall stage rocking the night away.


    After a good breakfast, the bikes headed up and over the Lecht and down Donside, exploring some of the most beautiful sceneries and riding some of the highest roads in the country!

    The furthest travelled biker attending the Gathering won a lovely bottle of Tomintoul 10 year old Single Malt Whisky.  Hopefully this will keep his cockles warm on the long journey home!  



  • International Wine and Spirit Competition 2013

    Special Cask Finish Awards at the International Wine and Spirit Competition

    In its 44th year, the IWSC is one of the world’s leading competitions; aiming to promote the quality and excellence of the world’s best wines, spirits and liqueurs.  

    We are therefore delighted to announce that:
    Tomintoul 12 Year Old Portwood Finish received a Silver medalTomintoul 12 Year Old Oloroso Finish received a Silver Outstanding medal

    The Competition receives entries from nearly 90 countries worldwide, setting the international benchmark for quality. The unique combination of detailed technical analysis and specialist judging panels means that gaining an IWSC ‘Competition Award’ is deemed to be an exceptional achievement. 
    The IWSC is the longest running and most respected Competition of its kind in the world.

    So well done Tomintoul’s Gentle Cask Finishes!


  • Rare Single Sherry Cask Release

    Following the successful launch of the first-ever Tomintoul Distillery single cask which featured a 1981 Bourbon cask, the distillery has released a rare single Sherry cask edition of its award-winning malt range from the 1977 distillation.

    This rare single Sherry cask release has been bottled in an attractive 70cl decanter style bottle and is presented in a stylish gift box. The whisky was distilled on the April 12 since in Sherry cask number 3691.

    This cask was selected for the exceptional quality of the mature malt whisky. Bottled this summer at 54.9% ABV, the whisky has not been chill-filtered so as to retain its full flavours. Only 312 bottles were produced and each bottle has been individually numbered. The bottle label also records the cask number and the date of distillation and bottling.

    Just to let you know; the inaugural launch of the 1981 Bourbon cask completely sold out in the first month – so you better be quick of the mark for this one!!


    Taste profile:

    Colour: Radiant, golden mahogany

    Nose: Luscious, sweet, nutty-mature liquid fruit-cake dusted with crushed sultana, easing to drier, spicy oak tones

    Palate: Sherry trifle, glacé cherries and muscovado sweetness, all nicely balanced with a spicy, mature oak note of cigar boxes. Deliciously complex.

    Finish: Cocoa, vanilla and fudge climb to a dried-date climax.

  • World Whiskies Award


    There are many prestigious awards and commendations to be won for Whiskies, but none as elegant as the “World Whiskies Awards”, the World’s Best Whisky Awards.

    Hundreds of whiskies from all around the world battle it out during three intensive blind tasting rounds, for the coveted title of ‘World's Best Whiskies’. The whiskies are divided up into categories of regions, therefore the most illustrious Speysides, Islays, Lowlands, Highlands, Japanese, African, North American are put face to face with their neighbours. It is purely down to the bottled perfection of the local characteristics of each unique region.

    The panel of Judges are drawn from the best drinks journalists and retailers across the world, with industry representatives made up of master blenders, distillers and brand ambassadors in the final round.

    This is no easy feat, therefore when Tomintoul 33 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky won “BEST SPEYSIDE SINGLE MALT”, we thought that we would let you know! 

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