Whisky Focus - Tamdhu 12 Year Old Review

Tamdhu 12 Year Old

1st October 2018
Tamdhu set to replace their entry level 10 year old with a new Tamdhu 12 Year Old Oloroso sherry cask matured single malt.

Tamdhu 12 Year OldTamdhu has unveiled a new Tamdhu 12 Year Old expression which will replace the existing Tamdhu 10 Year Old. The new Tamdhu 12 Year Old is rolling out globally now and is expected to be available in the UK in 2019.

Benefiting from an extra two years of maturation, and bottled at the slightly higher strength of 43% ABV than the 10 Year Old. The new Tamdhu 12 Year Old has been 100% matured for a full 12 years in a combination of first fill and refill American and European Oloroso sherry casks from the cooperages of Jerez, in Spain’s ‘sherry triangle’. The result, Tamdhu tell me is "a complex and rich single malt whisky that delivers a wealth of complexity, with flavours of cinnamon, dried fruit, banana and classic sherry oak depth".

The new Tamdhu 12 Year Old launches globally with a new look packaging design, including a new strapline, ‘Only the Best’ and activation, ‘From Spain to Speyside’; a reference to the top-quality Spanish Oloroso sherry seasoned American and European oak casks which give Tamdhu its distinctive colour and flavour. The striking amber tones in the single malt are developed naturally through contact with the sherry seasoned casks, which are crafted in the family cooperages and bodegas of Jerez for up to 6 years before beginning their journey to Scotland.

Sandy McIntyre, Tamdhu Distillery Manager commented on the new whisky, saying:

"We’re delighted to introduce the new Tamdhu 12 Year Old as our new entry level expression.

"All our whisky at Tamdhu is exclusively matured in the finest Oloroso sherry oak casks. The American and European oak soaks up nearly 35 litres of Oloroso sherry during the seasoning process in Jerez, which gives our new Tamdhu 12 Year Old its distinctive flavour and striking natural colour.

"When you taste a dram of Tamdhu 12 Year Old, you can really taste the time, care and expert craftsmanship which has gone in to creating this incredible whisky. We hope Tamdhu drinkers around the world will savour it as much as we do.

"We’re on an exciting journey with Tamdhu and we remain committed to bottling only the best."

As I said the Tamdhu 10 will be disappearing from shelves soon so stock up now if you are partial to it and the new Tamdhu 12 should start to appear on shelves here in the UK from 2019.

You will find the current Tamdhu core range available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt

Tamdhu 12 Year Old Review

Bottled at 43% ABV.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Rich and enticing; iced cinnamon rolls, orange boiled sweets, fresh sweet oak with raisins and a faint hint of mint.

Taste: Silky texture that coats the mouth with banana, berry jam, malt biscuit and classic sherry oak depth.

Finish: Pleasantly long and balanced with ground spice, dried fruit and soft Scottish tablet, finally unveiling the merest whisper of peat smoke.

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