Tamdhu Batch Strength, 2015, Batch No. 001
Price per bottle: °°
Cask type: American and European oak sherry casks
Colour: Deep amber.
Nose: Fragrant red berries on the nose, mainly cherries, along with dates, figs and raisins. This is complemented by delicate sherry, oranges, lingering vanilla creme and a touch of walnuts. A gorgeous nose!
Palate: Very intense and rich on the palate. Bold and sweet with sherry and dried red fruit. This is rounded with hot spices, cracked black pepper and chili. Extremely mounth-watering. Then lighter and sweet fruits come to the fore, orange and apricot, along with crème brûlée and delicate marzipan in the end. A very pleasant and appealing taste.
Finish: A delicious finish. Very long and extremely warming. Lingering fruitiness with sticky marmalade, sweet malt and a touch of delicate biscuit.
With water: Surprisingly, there's more alcohol coming through with a splash of water taming the fruitiness and the sherry flavour. A burst of hot spices on the palate with a hint of fruitiness in the background. The finish is hot, hot and hot!
Comments: This is an intense and spicy cask strength whisky. A very sweet and fruity dram with a bold burst of spiciness on the midpalate. It’s youngish but complex and the high alcohol strength is already well-integrated. Maybe it lacks some depth but to me it's definitely worth to have it in my whisky cabinet. I prefer this Tamdhu neat as water masks the lingering fruitiness significantly.
Tamdhu 10yo, Limited Edition - The 'Can-Do-Spirit'
Price per bottle: °°°
Cask type: 100% First fill sherry casks (1,000 btl.)
Nose: The nose starts off with typical rich sherry flavours, dried fruits, dates and raisins, along with lots of Demerara sugar. Subtle notes of horse saddle leather emerge with slight citrus and oak spice. Bold and intense, but very smooth and pleasant.
Palate: There's less sweetness than expected from the nose with a slight bitterness coming through, along with a whiff of sulphur and lingering oak tannins. Dark honey flavours emerge on the midpalate complemented by warm oak spice, cloves and cinnamon. Full bodied and smooth. Dark ripe fruits with a remarkable depth.
Finish: The finish is very long and warm with lots of raisins, subtle toffee and lingering nutty flavours. The fruity sweetness along with lingering and prickling spice stick on your tongue for quite a while. Delicious.
With water: Along with pleasant sherry there's more sulphur notes on the nose. But what is that? Only a few drops of water seem to mute the aroma and wash out the palate completely!
Comments: This is a pleasant and delicate sherried whisky. Not very complex but rather straight down the line. Easy to drink with all the delicious sherry flavours an aficionado loves. BUT - in no case use any water!
I thank Thorsten Manus (Brand Ambassador of Tamdhu) for sample and photograph!