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Several weeks ago, MMM launched its inaugural release in the Animals Series. It was The Ape, a powerful Craigellachie 2008. For this second release, we chose The Tiger, a young but very accessible Tamdhu, matured on a bourbon cask. It was distilled in January 2008 and bottled in May of last year at drinking strength.
The nose is candy-like with some herbal traits. Think camphor, cardamom and pine cones. Then a nice uplifting hint of vanilla, caramel and white chocolate.
It is wonderfully creamy on white fruit (mostly pears). The herbal and spicy side return on the palate in the guise of ferns, aniseed and oak. Quite spicy, which I find pleasant. It gives the whisky a punchy character.
The finish might be on the short side, but it remains powerful on spices and white fruit.
If you consider that Tamdhu was closed by Diageo in 2010 only to be reopened a few months later by Ian Macleod Distillers, then you realize this is production from the ‘previous owners’. I like that idea. A very honest Tamdhu, if you know what I mean. WYSIWYG: what you see is what you get.