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Tamdhu Quercus Alba Distinction

12th November 2021
Tamdhu unveil Quercus Alba Distinction, a First-Fill American oak Oloroso sherry cask matured limited edition.

Tamdhu Quercus Alba DistinctionTamdhu Quercus Alba Distinction is the latest limited edition from the Speyside distillery known for its Oloroso sherry cask maturation.

Tamdhu Quercus Alba Distinction is said to celebrate the unmistakable characteristics of first-fill American oak sherry cask maturation. As the only Scotch whisky brand to exclusively fully mature in Oloroso sherry casks, Quercus Alba Distinction begins its journey in the oak forests of North America, before being imported into Spain where these casks are carefully crafted in the ‘sherry triangle’ over the course of six years.

The staves are left to air dry in the Mediterranean sun before being assembled and toasted by experienced coopers. Finally, the Oloroso sherry seasoning takes place, before the casks travel to Tamdhu. Over time, the distillery’s vibrant new-make combines with the American Oak sherry cask to deliver rich fruity flavours and a wonderful natural amber colour.

Tamdhu tells me that on the nose, Quercus Alba Distinction delivers warming cinnamon and vanilla, with sharp citrus and cherry flavours. A rich and luscious palate brings plum, dates, chocolate, and subtle oak notes. To finish, the rich fruity notes continue with a decadent portion of syrup sponge.

Sandy McIntyre, Tamdhu Distillery Manager, said: "Sherry cask maturation is essential for the flavour and colour of Tamdhu whisky, and we’re the only Scottish distillery to exclusively mature in these rare Oloroso casks. Quercus Alba Distinction is a celebration of the very best in American Oak and the delicate flavour profile it gives our bold spirit."

Tamdhu Quercus Alba Distinction has a RRP of £64.99 and will be available to purchase from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, Amazon and Master of Malt

Tamdhu Quercus Alba Distinction Review

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Malty and creamy with vanilla, cinnamon, honey, apple crumble, cherries, citrus and delicate mint.

Taste: Mouth coating with a luscious richness, thick and fruity with soft oak, plum, gooseberry and chocolate limes.

Finish: Long with the sherry notes lingering into a fruity finish with dates and syrup sponge.

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