In the same year that its distillery is celebrating its 120th anniversary, Speyside whisky brand Tamdhu has unveiled a 50yo single malt.
'What makes this whisky really special to us is that it represents the rebirth of the distillery,' said Leonard Russell, managing director of Ian Macleod Distillers. 'There was a time, before we bought and reopened Tamdhu, when some thought it was gone forever. This cask, which may never have been released had the distillery remained closed, can be now enjoyed and savoured, and that is something we want to celebrate.'
The liquid comes from a single sherry cask, and 100 decanters are going on sale at the not insignificant price of £16,000 each.
Unsurprisingly, given how long the liquid has spent in cask, this is a dry dram. It has a fresh, high-acid style feel to it, with characters of marmalade, lemon peel, grapefruit and sea salt combining with classic sherried notes of cinnamon, cloves, coffee grounds, almonds and walnuts. Hints of star anise and menthol combine with wood varnish on the finish.
'It’s a truly exceptional cask. I was totally overwhelmed when I drew a sample from the cask back in September,' recalled Tamdhu distillery manager Sandy Macintyre.
The smart decanter that the whisky comes in was envisioned by crystal designer Katy Holford, made by crystal-maker Royal Brierley, and luxury jewellery house Hamilton & Inches. Each comes in a solid stained oak canister decorated with more Hamilton & Inches sterling silver.
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