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Tamdhu Cigar Malt

15th September 2021
Tamdhu celebrates the launch of First Fill European Oak Oloroso Sherry Cask matured Cigar Malt with a unique sherry cask inspired humidor.

Tamdhu Cigar MaltTamdhu the Speyside single malt Scotch whisky which exclusively mature all its whisky in the Oloroso sherry seasoned casks has announced the global release of the Tamdhu  Cigar Malt No. 01 - a special limited edition new bottling to celebrate an age-old pairing.

To mark its launch, the distillery has created a completely bespoke luxury cigar humidor, inspired and infused by the Tamdhu whisky itself.

Tamdhu tells me that the Cigar Malt was hand-picked from a small selection of the finest first fill European Oak Oloroso Sherry Casks at the Speyside distillery and was chosen for its ability to support and complement the rich, aromatic and spicy flavour of the world’s best cigars.

To celebrate its release and bring the two products even closer together, the brand used wood from first fill European oak sherry casks to help create a luxury cigar humidor.

A collaboration with renowned wood maker and silversmiths, Anthony Holt & Sons, the innovative use of the sherry cask wood within the build will gently imbue the humidor, and the cigars it contains, with a subtle sherry cask aroma.

Tamdhu Cigar Malt is un-chill-filtered and has been bottled at 53.8% ABV for a richness of texture and strength of flavour, the whisky is said to mirror the spice, aroma and mouthfeel of aged tobacco leaves used in only the best cigars.

Sandy McIntyre, Tamdhu Distillery Manager, said: "While whisky and cigars have long been enjoyed together, we wanted our Tamdhu Cigar Malt to cement that bond with a marriage of flavour and craft befitting of the two worlds.

"This whisky, exclusively matured in first fill European Oak Oloroso sherry casks, provides the perfect accompaniment to the finest cigars. That we were able to use those sherry casks to continue the legacy of the Cigar Malt through the humidor is very special indeed."

Tamdhu Cigar Malt Humidor

Gil Holt, Director at Anthony Holt & Sons, said: "Combining a European Oak sherry cask with a handmade limited-edition humidor was a truly enjoyable venture. The rich aroma of the humidor is perfectly complemented by subtle notes from the sherry cask wood.

"We are proud to be involved with Tamdhu - a brand that we share a deep affinity with in terms of our unwavering commitment to craft and quality."

Tamdhu has created only two of its whisky-infused humidors to support the launch. Made with European oak sherry cask staves, sterling silver, and luxury walnut wood to mirror the rich, dark whisky colour – one of these highly bespoke and unique boxes will be proudly auctioned for charity in 2022.

I haven't had the chance to taste this one so I cant comment on its quality but if the quality of the recently released Tamdhu Batch Strength 6 is anything to go by then this just may something special and should appeal to fans of a big sherried dram.

Bottles of Tamdhu Cigar Malt No. 01 have a RRP of RRP £180 and you will find it available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

Tamdhu Cigar Malt Review

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Ginger Nut Biscuits, Sweet Sherry, Caramel Crème Brulee.

Taste: Deep Sultana and Dried Raisins, Sticky Malt Loaf with a Creamy Vanilla Smoothness.

Finish: Dried Apricots, Rich Honey Coated Pecan Nuts

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