Tamdhu 12 Year Old
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Tamdhu only matures its whisky in oloroso sherry casks, and is the only Scotch distillery to do so. It was built in 1897 by a group of blenders, and that year the founders secured Tamdhu’s first shipment of sherry casks from Spain. A slightly rocky century or so followed, including the distillery closing for two decades in 1927, and then being mothballed for two years in 2010.
It was only once Tamdhu was reopened by Ian MacLeod after that its 100% sherry cask policy came into place. The new make spirit is fruity and sweet with notes of honey and apple, but is still sufficiently weighty to stand up to sherry casks. Seeing as those casks soak up nearly 35 litres of oloroso sherry during the seasoning process in Jerez, those classic sherry flavours of red dried fruit, nuts, and chocolate are alive and well in Tamdhu 12 Year Old!
Juicy berry jam and lots of dried fruit, with vanilla sponge cake, a touch of balsamic, and toasted nuts.
Oak char and chocolate digestives lead into prune and raisin sweetness, and oily orange peel.
A touch of red apple appears alongside tannic oak for a spicy finish.