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Tamdhu distillery was founded by a group of blenders led by William Grant. Seeking to secure a reliable supply of malt for their blends, they chose a site near the village of Knockando in Speyside. Renowned distillery architect Charles Doig was hired to design the project. The first distillation took place in 1897 and within two years the distillery had been sold to Highland Distillers.
Despite a lengthy closure between 1927 and 1947, Tamdhu’s gained a reputation as good blending stock. Over the years it has featured prominently in blends like The Famous Grouse and Cutty Sark. Despite its usefulness, Highland Distillers, by then part of Edrington, saw fit to mothball the distillery in 2010.
Fortunately Tamdhu didn’t lie dormant for long, however. Within two years, Ian Macleod Distillers, owner of Glengoyne, The Isle of Skye blend and the Smokehead single malt brand, stepped in. Tamdhu was relaunched in 2013 in the form of a 10 year old single malt, presented in a gorgeous Victorian-themed bottle. This was later followed by the limited edition ‘Batch Strength’ release. Predominantly matured in Sherry casks, Tamdhu has won many fans with its rich flavour profile.
Smell: Strong sherry influence – Raisins, Sultanas then Chocolate and Honeycomb. Touch of Orange Liqueur and Caramel.
Taste: Sherry again, touch of Cinnamon and Oak Spice, Dark Honey, Brown Sugar and Dark Chocolate.
Thoughts: The Tamdhu 10-year-old is available in the UK for around £35. It’s easily one of the best examples of a sherry matured whisky in that price-bracket. It’s a real gem of a dram. You get the feeling there’s more to come from Tamdhu but in the meantime, their 10-year-old serves as the perfect introduction to this Speyside distillery.