Tamdhu 10 Year Old


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Tamdhu Distillery

Tamdhu Distillery was founded by a group of blenders who sought to secure a reliable source of malt whisky for their blends. They chose a site near the village of Knockando in Speyside and hired renowned distillery architect Charles Doig to design the project. The first distillation took place in 1897 and within two years, the distillery had been sold on to Highland Distillers.

Despite a lengthy closure between 1927 and 1947, Tamdhu’s spirit 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, however, Highland Distillers (by then part of Edrington), saw fit to mothball the distillery in 2010.

Tamdhu didn’t lie dormant for long, however. Within two years, Ian Macleod Distillers, owner of Glengoyne, The Isle of Skye blended Scotch 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. Predominantly matured in Sherry casks, Tamdhu has won many fans with its rich flavour profile.

The Whisky

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. At that price, it’s easily one of the best examples of a sherry-matured single malt whisky with plenty of cask action.

You feel like it’s still early days for Tamdhu and that there may be more to come from the distillery but in the meantime, the 10-year-old serves as a fine introduction to this lesser known Speyside distillery.


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