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Tamdhu Dalbeallie Dram 3

5th May 2020
Tamdhu distillery reveal the next instalment of their big sherried cask strength Collectors Journey series, the Tamdhu Dalbeallie Dram 3.

Tamdhu Dalbeallie Dram 3Back in 2018 Tamdhu distillery launched the first bottling in its Collectors Journey series of annual limited edition Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival bottlings, Tamdhu Dalbeallie Dram, unfortunately due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Spirit of Speyside festival was cancelled this year but the good news for Tamdhu whisky fans is that the distillery has announced that they will still be releasing the next instalment in their big sherried, cask strength series, the Tamdhu Dalbeallie Dram No. 3.

Matured in a combination of European and American Oak Oloroso sherry seasoned casks from the cooperages and bodegas of Jerez, Spain, each of the 1000 bottles of Tamdhu Dalbeallie Dram 3 is individually numbered and bottled at a cask strength of 60.7% ABV, non-chillfiltered and just like every bottle of Tamdhu it is naturally coloured.

Described by Tamdhu as: "balanced and creamy, with hints of banana and lime, toasted marshmallow and spiced bread and butter pudding on the nose. The mouthfeel is luxurious, thick and syrupy on the palate, oozing with vanilla, dried fruits and soft spice, with gentle waves of oak. And building sherry notes join with the oak and sweet liquorice to give Dalbeallie Dram 003 a velvety and pleasingly dry finish".

The name of the whisky, "Dalbeallie Dram" is a nod to Dalbeallie train station, which closed in 1965, and the part the Victorian railway played in transporting Tamdhu's sherry oak casks from Spain. In recent years, Tamdhu has restored the station to its full splendour, including the waiting room and signal box, making it now a beloved landmark for walkers on the Speyside Way and the perfect setting to host events and visitors from all over the world.

As I said the Tamdhu Dalbeallie Dram is normally revealed during the Spirit of Speyside festival and as you will be well aware organisers were forced to cancel this year’s event due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19. So, to make up for the cancellation the distillery decided to give would-be attendees and Tamdhu Club members exclusive, pre-sale access to buy their bottle of Dalbeallie Dram 003 ahead of general release. Priced at £90 the Tamdhu Dalbeallie Dram 3 is available to pre-order from the Tamdhu website.

If you want to explore the current Tamdhu whisky range you will find it available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt

Tamdhu Dalbeallie Dram 3 Review

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Balanced, creamy, spiced bread and butter pudding, toasted marshmallow, subtle hints of banana and lime.

Taste: Thick, syrupy and luxurious mouthfeel, oozing with vanilla, dried fruits and soft spice, gentle waves of oak.

Finish: Oak continues, joined with sweet liquorice and building sherry notes in a velvety and pleasingly dry finish.

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