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Tamdhu 15 Year Old




Whisky Review: Tamdhu 15 Year Old

Tasting Notes:

Aged 15 years entirely in American and European Oloroso casks, this whisky is bottled at 46% ABV and is un-chill filtered.
One can see the sherry cask influence in this, resulting in a lovely golden amber with some slightly redder notes. Viscosity and legs are solid.
The typical nutty aroma of a single malt like this is immediately present, underlaid by warming notes of butterscotch, caramel, rich dark chocolate, almond toffee, and a little coffee.
This melts over the palate like nutty, warm butter, showcasing mastery of sherry cask maturation. It is extremely rich in notes of almonds, dark chocolate, butter toffee, dried cherries, and some melting caramel.
The finish goes on this one, showing off a distinctive nuttiness that you don’t want to quit.
This Scotch single malt sings the right notes for being a quality sherry bomb in this age range, reflecting a slight hint of teenage years on its nutty profile.
Tamdhu 15 Year Old review
We review Tamdhu 15 Year Old, aged entirely in in American and European Oloroso casks before being bottled at 46% ABV. (image via Tamdhu)

Editor’s Note: The party behind this whisky gave us a review sample. Per our editorial policies, this in no way influenced the outcome of this review. 

Scotland’s Tamdhu distillery in the whisky nation’s Speyside region has a long and storied history that focuses on the sherry cask maturation of its Scotch single malts. Established in 1897, within a year, the distillers of that era had already determined that securing their first shipment of sherry casks from the bodegas in Spain was the way to go.

The distillery eventually shuttered in 1927, staying dormant for the better part of two decades until 1949, when it was decided to modernize the facility somewhat to help support growing production demand. Things continued along at a good clip through the 1970s and beyond until 2010, when external considerations forced Tamdhu to close its doors, perhaps for good.

Two years later, its closed doors ended as parent company Ian Macleod Distillers kicked things off once more, focusing on maintaining a 100% sherry cask maturation.

The whisky being reviewed today, Tamdhu 15 Year Old, was introduced as a new core range offering in 2019. Sherry cask maturation entirely occurred in American and European Oloroso casks. Bottled un-chill filtered at 46% ABV, it is priced at $145 a bottle.

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the founder of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and provided tasting input on many whiskeys at competitions. He also maintains a large private collection of whiskey from which he continually educates his palate on this brown spirit type.

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