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Tamdhu Dalbeallie Dram Collectors Journey 01


2nd May 2018
Tamdhu launch first in a series of annual limited edition Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival bottlings, Tamdhu Dalbeallie Dram Collectors Journey 01.

Tamdhu Dalbeallie Dram Collectors Journey 01Following on from the recent launch of the Tamdhu 120th Anniversary Single Cask bottling earlier this week and with the annual Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival kicking off tomorrow, Friday 3rd May until Monday 7th May, Tamdhu distillery has unveiled a special limited edition 2018 Speyside Festival bottling, Tamdhu Dalbeallie Dram Collectors Journey 01.

The name of the whisky is a nod to Dalbeallie train station, which closed 50 years ago, and the part the Victorian railway played in transporting Tamdhu's sherry oak casks from Spain.

Tamdhu Dalbeallie was 100% matured in Oloroso sherry casks from Jerez in Southern Spain, no chill-filtered and has been bottled at cask strength 62.1% ABV.

Only 1,000 individually numbered bottles will be made available of Collectors Journey 01 with future limited edition Dalbeallie Dram Collectors Journey releases planned annually for each Speyside Festival.

This first edition of the Tamdhu Dalbeallie Dram was chosen by a team at the distillery, and is said to have notes of blackcurrant jam, mint tea and Bakewell tart on the nose, with sherry oak, cream soda, orange and nutmeg on the palate then a finish of malt biscuit, dark chocolate and cinnamon. Like every bottle of Tamdhu, the rich natural colour comes from sherry casks alone.

Sandy McIntryre, Tamdhu Distillery Manager, commented on the new whisky,saying: "Having a new expression of Tamdhu is always exciting, and launching to guests during the Speyside Whisky Festival makes it all the more special. John Glass, our Master Blender, prepared a selection of drams for the team to nose and sample before we decided what we thought would best compliment the current Tamdhu range. We are absolutely delighted with the end result."

Established in 1899, Dalbeallie Station (latterly Knockando Station), which sits next to Tamdhu distillery is a listed building and has been restored over the years to its full splendour including a ticket office, waiting room and signal box. With finishing touches recently installed, it will host events and tastings at this years Spirit of Speyside Festival.

Sandy added: "We owe a big thanks to the railway, and I only wish it was still running to return to those splendid days for Tamdhu. I often imagine the signalman in the old signal box on a dark and wintry night, with a blizzard outside, sitting beside the wood burning stove, waiting for the night train to pass with a hearty dram or two of Tamdhu to warm him up! You can still see the restored signal box with the old hand operated levers if you walk along the platform".

The Limited Edition Tamdhu Dalbeallie Dram has a RRP of 90 and is a distillery exclusive bottling and is available exclusively from the Tamdhu distillery and web site. You will also find the current Tamdhu whisky range available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt
 

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