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Tamdhu 10 Year Old

The little hill in the valley?

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@sailormanReview by @sailorman

12th Jul 2012


Tamdhu 10 Year Old
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According to internet sources, Tamdhu Distillery closed down in 2010. It was sold to Ian Macleod Distillers in June 2011 who plans to “vitalize its production of single malt.” There are no reviews for the 10-year expression of Tamdhu, but judging by other reviews on the internet, the 10-year-old is the continuation of the no-age-statement whiskey, already described on the connoisseur website a couple of years ago. I bought a cheap bottle at the local liquor store ($29.99). It seems there are a lot of barrels around, and the 12-year-old should be out pretty soon. Time is favorable, but does it make a better whiskey? I read some of the reviews of the younger expression. Unfortunately, there is not much to add. It seems that two more years of aging have not had a considerable impact on the whiskey. Nose: some malt, a little grassy, but not too much, a lot of grain, honey, “alcoholic,” not much more than that. Palate: sweet, very sugary, slightly bitter, alcoholic taste. You run the risk of sipping it too fast because you are searching for something and you are not able to identify it. Finish: very short, leaves a burning sweetness in your mouth, not memorable at all.

I have read quite a lot of reviews on the connoisseur site. Some were very detailed and informative. I could not help, but for this whiskey I do not have many words. Not very impressive or complex. It is a nice sweetness, but rather flat. A little bit of smoke or fruitiness would be helpful. Supposedly, the Famous Grouse line does a better job. One last point that really annoyed me. Have you ever opened a bottle of single malt and the glued wooden cap just got off the cork? The bottle in my cabinet is cork only now. I peeled of the remains of the sticky, dried-out glue. What is going on? Cutting down the costs for corks? The Chinese people may forgive me for the use of this stereotype, but is this made in China? Where does Tamdhu get its corks from? Or have I been the victim of a rip-off? Hopefully, Tamdhu (“the little black hill”) is not going down the hill. Or would it be up the hill backwards?

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