Whisky Focus - Tamdhu Iain Whitecross Single Cask Vintage 2003

Tamdhu Iain Whitecross Single Cask Vintage 2003

13th May 2020
Tamdhu release a First Fill European sherry butt matured single cask whisky which has been hand-selected by Assistant Distillery Manager, Iain Whitecross.

Tamdhu Iain Whitecross Single Cask 5892 Vintage 2003Tamdhu has announced the forthcoming release of a new single cask whisky which has been hand picked by Tamdhu Assistant Distillery Manager, Iain Whitecross. The Tamdhu Iain Whitecross Single Cask 5892 Vintage 2003 expression which Iain has selected was was distilled on the 19th November 2003 when it was filled to a First Fill European Sherry Butt then bottled in March 2020.

Bottled at a strength of 57% ABV, the big sherried Tamdhu Iain Whitecross dram has a big price tag, it is £265, and will be a distillery exclusive release, that is to say it will be available direct from the Tamdhu online shop, where it is now available to pre-order, as the distillery still currently remains closed to visitors during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Iain has worked at Tamdhu since 2006 and, shortly after Ian Macleod Distillers reopened the distillery doors, he was appointed as Assistant Distillery Manager in 2014 due to his unrivalled working knowledge of the whisky, the casks, the people.

To honour Iain’s commitment to the distillery, as well as his craft, Tamdhu Distillery Manager, Sandy McIntyre, offered him the rare opportunity to select and bottle his very own single cask.

Iain Whitecross, Tamdhu Assistant Distillery Manager, said: "I’m delighted to have had the honour of selecting this spectacular whisky – my own unique piece of Tamdhu history. I love being part of the Tamdhu family, and this represents a real career highlight for me.

"After sampling 150 exceptional casks, I nosed Cask 5892 and it stood out by a mile. I knew in that moment that we had to bottle it. It fills me with pride to know that my colleagues and fans of Tamdhu will have the chance to sample and enjoy my perfect dram."

Tamdhu tells me that the whisky Iain has selected has notes of deep toffee on the nose, accompanied with perfectly balanced milk chocolate, hazelnut, peach, and vanilla.

On the palate, they say to expect a wonderful contrast of rich truffle, sharp zesty orange and warming cinnamon. The dram finishes with notes of crème caramel, soft oak, wine gums and – of course – unstoppable sherry notes.

This new release follows Tamdhu's recent success at the World Whiskies Awards finals where the Speyside distillery scooped the top prize for ‘World’s Best Single Cask, Single Malt’ with its Distillery Manager’s Single Cask bottling, hopefully the Tamdhu Iain Whitecross Single Cask 5892 Vintage 2003 expression will match the WWA winning single cask whisky for quality.

As I said the Tamdhu Iain Whitecross Single Cask expression is now available to pre-order direct from the Tamdhu website and if you want to explore the current Tamdhu core range of whiskies you will find them available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt

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