Tamdhu 10 Years Old
Tamdhu may not be as well known to connoisseurs and consumers, but it has been around since 1896. The distillery was founded by a consortium including Robertson & Baxter (who are the predecessor of The Edrington Group) and was under their control for 115 years, before being sold to Ian MacLeod Distillers in 2011.
The distillery had utilised a Saladin maltings system for some time, but after Ian MacLeod took over, a decision was made to decommission the maltings and purchase their malting requirements centrally. The distillery had been previously mothballed in 2009 prior to its sale and when it was restarted, the first year saw 1.9 million litres of spirit produced, with production increased every year since then.
The distillery sports a 12 tonne semi-lauter mash tun, 9 wooden washbacks and 3 pairs of stills. The spirit is filled into both ex-sherry and ex-bourbon barrels, with the ex-sherry (both first-fill and second-fill) butts being used to mature Tamdhu's core range of whiskies and the ex-bourbon barrels being used to mature whisky which is destined for blending.
The focus of today's review is the Tamdhu 10 Years Old, which has been crafted from a mix of first-fill and second-fill sherry matured whiskies and bottled at a standard abv of 40% without any added colouring.
So, let's get on with the review!
Tamdhu 10 Years Old (40% abv)
Nose: Initial entry presents sweet sherry and a dollop of demerara sugar along with stewed fruits (prunes, apricots and peaches) and a melange of spices (nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger). Madeira cake and sweet malt coupled with hints of oak make an appearance after some time, giving this dram a sweet and spicy aroma.
Palate: Not as sweet as the nose suggests but just as spicy, with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and oak on the palate alongside hints of demerara sugar and sweet sherry. The fruitiness is fleeting, with hints of stewed prunes perhaps the most dominant aspect apart from the sherried raisins one would expect.
Finish: Relatively lengthy on the finish, with the sherry and spices rather dominant as expected. The oakiness of this dram increases with time and becomes more pronounced as the sweetness fades.
Balance: A well-balanced and well-crafted dram which is dangerously drinkable, with the mouthfeel being wonderfully oily and with just a hint of dryness towards the end.
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