Scotch Whisky Review #132: Tamdhu Batch Strength Batch No. 003
Price: $15 for a dram
ABV: 58.3% Cask Strength
Cask Type: Sherry Cask
Color: 1.4, Tawny.
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Nose: (according to the wife) It’s a very sugary. It’s fully of caramel, black sugar candies, along with some candied peanuts.
Palate: Hot, hot, hot. This is a dram that is begging to be cut with water slightly as it is way too hot. There’s a lot of oak, almost like biting on a bit of wood, with a hint of sherry. Notes of candied peanuts and salty raisins join the oak notes. With a bit of water, you get some salted caramel, a hint of a something earthy along with those candied peanuts and salty raisins.
Finish: Surprisingly short. Sherry drenched oak with a hint of an orange peel.
Conclusion: I first heard of Tamdhu while at their sister distillery, Glengoyne, earlier this year so when I saw a bottle of this, I wanted to give it a crack. The nose is quite nice with several types of sweets in there along with a side of savory from the peanuts. The palate is far too oaked though until you add in a generous amount of water. I honestly felt like I was chewing on wood for a minute there in between the heat from the dram. With some water, it does turn into something a little nicer with the salted caramel, candied peanuts, and salty raisins. The finish was rather disappointing being so short. What as there was nice. Would I buy a bottle? Probably not.
Final Score: 75.
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- 96-100: The perfect dram, nectar of the gods.
- 90-95: Near perfect, there is something truly special about this whisky.
- 85-89: Amazing, will always try to keep a bottle of this in my collection (if feasible).
- 80-84: Very Good, maybe only one minor nitpick about the whisky keeping it here.
- 75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink.
- 70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get it.
- 60-69: Meh, still drinkable.
- Below 59: If you have a bottle of this, start cooking with it instead.