It’s another brilliant batch of the Batch Strength release from Tamdhu! This is the fifth release in the sherried series from the Speyside distillery, having spent its maturation exclusively in Oloroso casks. At 59.8% ABV, those hallmark notes of sherried spices, berries and toasted nuts are just leaping from the glass.
Nose: Sultanas, dates and blackberry compote provide a rich, thick opening with dark chocolate and Brazil nuts in support. Huckleberry honey and vanilla tablet bring American oak sweetness alongside notes of bread and butter pudding, fresh apricot jam and caramelised ginger. There’s leather-bound books, some sherried funk and spice from clove and cinnamon throughout along with a sprig of mint.
Palate: More winter spice initially, which bramble fruit, thick treacle and dense fruitcake emerge through. Seville marmalade, occasional pangs of liquorice and chewy, tannic oak add depth among touches of walnut skin bitterness, earthy vanilla and barley sugar. With time comes cedar, cracked black pepper, leather and chocolate ice cream.
Finish: Graciously long and slightly dry, with apple skins, lime, chocolate fudge and fizzy cola bottles.
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