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Tamdhu Distillery, Speyside
Tamdhu in Speyside was founded in 1896 and was bought by Highland Distilleries Co Ltd. The distillery was designed by the celebrated architect Charles Doig of Elgin. The distillery did quite well for a number of years before a decline starting in the 1910’s, due to the falling interest in whisky.
However, post-war Tamdhu was very well-regarded by whisky blenders, and the distillery’s trade was restored in 1947. In 1975 the number of stills was increased to 6, and the whisky was launched as a Tamdhu single malt.
The distillery was passed on from the Edrington Group to Ian Macleaod Distillers (the owners of Glengoyne distillery) in 2010
To some Speyside represents the jewel in whisky’s crown. Speyside is the home of legal whisky production and it’s best known examples. Around the world Glenlivet, Macallan, Glenfiddich, Glenrothes and Glenfarclas typify all that whisky, at it’s best has to offer. At it’s heart running from the Monadhliath mountains north to the sea, is the River Spey. It is the fastest flowing river in Britain, and also well known for its salmon fishing.
Speyside is the principal whisky-producing region: Speyside has within it some forty-six operating distilleries - over half the total number in the entire Scotland.
Speysides are essentially sweet whiskies. They have little peaty character They are typically highly perfumed, feminine and elegant.
The classical nature of Speyside’s malts means that a number of the finest malts are used almost exclusively for blending. It is the top Speysider’s that give good blends their ‘Top Dressing’.
Malts such as Mortlach, Glen Elgin, Strathmill and Benrinnes are rarely found as distillery bottlings, however when individual casks are tracked down by independent bottlers such as our Own Selection Single Malt Whiskies the resultant whisky can be quite wonderful.
Rubber bands, a touch of Evo Stick and dry sherry. Some notes of caramel and hazelnut shells. Given time, a more fragrant passion fruit note develops.
Butterscotch sauce, a very sweet fudge and an additional layer of sweet cream sherry. Actually quite surprising, given the austerity of the nose.
Soft and creamy, with a little fruit emerging as well.
Not a big hitter or EXTREME, but who cares. Sometimes it's nice to be a little gem.
Neil Ridley - Whisky Magazine Issue 114 Nose
Dark forest honey, milk chocolate, raisins and hazelnuts. A lovely warming note of rasin and cinnamon swirls. Some exotic fruits, mango, manderin and grilled pineapple.
Vanilla icecream and toffee sauce, with honeycomb pieces. Crunchie bars and cinder toffee blocks.
Rum and raisin fudge, very lush.
Excellent, solid and a well put together dram.
Rob Allanson - Whisky Magazine Issue 114