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Tamdhu single cask marks 120th anniversary

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Tamdhu has released a single cask whisky chosen by its staff members to celebrate the Speyside distillery’s 120-year anniversary.

Tamdhu’s Single Cask Distillery Team Edition
Natural selection: Tamdhu’s Single Cask Distillery Team Edition was chosen by its distillery staff

Staff at the Speyside distillery blind tasted a range of whiskies of different ages that had been matured in various cask types, including European and American oak Sherry casks.

The whisky eventually chosen to be bottled for Tamdhu’s Single Cask Distillery Team Edition is a 15-year-old matured in a first-fill European oak ex-oloroso Sherry butt.

‘The distillery team had a lot of fun nosing and tasting nine samples’ said Sandy McIntyre, distillery manager at Tamdhu.

‘The final top three were then selected for a blind nosing and tasting and ranked by each of the team members to agree on the winning cask.’

Bottled at 59.3% abv and non-chill-filtered, the Tamdhu 120th anniversary bottling is said to carry notes of ‘sweet and rich muscovado sugar’ and ‘butterscotch with marmalade oranges’.

Only 603 bottles are available for £250 each at tamdhu.com and at the distillery site itself.

Tamdhu first opened in 1897, closing in 1927 only to reopen two decades later. The distillery went on to close again in 2010 before being bought by current owner Ian MacLeod Distillers Ltd in 2011.

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