Tamdhu is another distillery that has had a turbulent past. It has been closed and re-opened twice and has been used mainly for blends such as The Famous Grouse and Cutty Sark. They are now owned by Ian Macleod Distillers who also own Glengoyne. Their current core range consists of this 10 year old, 12 year old and a batch strength as well as some limited editions. Given that the distillery had to be reopened it is likely that there was not much older stock available to bottle so it appears that Ian Macleod are going to be patient and release older stock that has been produced solely under their ownership when the time comes. An interesting thing about this 10 year bottle is that the whisky has been fully matured in sherry casks and has not been coloured.
Whisky: Tamdhu 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 40%
Nose: Citrus, orange, jam, tobacco, caramel, cinnamon, cherry cola, roasted nuts
Taste: Caramel, some malt, vanilla ice cream, roasted nuts
Finish: Short and thin, light coffee and smoke
Summary: At first I found the nose to be too concentrated so I needed to give this one some time to open up. Once it did open up I found a nice balance between sweetness, spice and some peat. The combination works well it carries on from the aroma, taste to the finish. However, I found the texture to be a bit thin and at 40% a bit weak too. I was reluctant to add water because of this. The flavours that are there are pleasant but I think this would have been helped by being bottled at 43% at least.
Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,
1 – not to my preference
2 – tastes fine but does not excite me
3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally
4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf
5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf
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