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Tamdhu, 10-Year-Old (Scotland)
Back in 2009 The Edrington Group announced its intention to close Tamdhu distillery on Speyside, going on to sell the large Victorian distillery to Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd two years later. The new owners have subsequently been busy refurbishing the distillery and are in the process of building a range of new warehouses and a filling store. They have also been actively developing a new Tamdhu single malt expression, which has just hit the shelves. It is a most impressive 10-year-old, which has been matured exclusively in a mix of first-fill and refill ex-sherry casks. It is an eye-catchingly presented addition to the ranks of Speyside single malts, and one which provides a welcome and well-deserved higher profile for the brand. Soft sherry notes on the nose, new leather, almonds, marzipan and a hint of peat. Very smooth and drinkable on the palate, with citrus fruit, gentle spice and more sweet sherry. Persistent spicy leather in the finish, with a sprinkling of black pepper. 40.0% ABV, 70cl, 30.50, specialist whisky merchants.

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