Tamdhu distillery was founded by a group of blenders led by one William Grant. Seeking to secure a regular supply of malt for their blends they chose a site near the village of Knockando in Speyside and hired the renowned distillery architect Charles Doig to design the project. Tamdhu first distilled in 1897 but just two years later it was sold on to Highland Distillers with whom it would remain for more than 100 years.
In spite of a lengthy closure between 1927 and 1947, Tamdhu’s popularity as blend fodder remained intact, featuring prominently in both The Famous Grouse and Cutty Sark brands. Despite this, Highland Distillers, now part of Edrington, saw fit to mothball the distillery in 2010, seemingly bringing an end to a proud history of more than 112 years.
Fortunately Tamdhu wouldn’t lie dormant for long however. Just two years later, Ian Macleod Distillers, owner of Glengoyne, The Isle of Skye blend and the Smokehead single malt, stepped in. Tamdhu was relaunched in 2013 in the form of a 10 year old single malt, presented in a glorious Victorian-themed bottle. This would later be followed by the limited edition ‘Batch Strength’ release. Predominantly matured in Sherry casks, Tamdhu has won many fans with it’s rich flavour profile.
Smell: Strong sherry influence – Raisins, Sultana’s 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.
Value for Money: Available in the UK for around £35, Tamdhu is one of the best ten year old on the market in my opinion. Always a great buy.
Scores: 44 / 50. About the Scores…
A real gem of a whisky from a distillery with a lot to offer. Not many ten year old malts on the market with such a strong sherry influence. Great stuff.