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July 25, 2013


Comparing the new Tamdhu 10

Tamdhu 10 yo has long been a widely available albeit slightly low-shelf malt whisky. That was hard to understand as I’ve tried several versions from the 1970s and 1980s and most have been superb (WF 88-90). Not to mention the fabulous 15 yo in its flat bottle! But let’s try the new 10 today, together with the most recent ‘older’ version that was, as far as I remember, much more ‘middle-of-the-road’ than most earlier bottlings.

Tamdhu 10 yo (40%, OB, +/-1995)

Tamdhu 10 yo (40%, OB, +/-1995) Four stars Colour: gold. Nose: it’s a lovely mentholated and malty nose, I even get herbs such as rosemary and thyme. Quite some sage too, which is rare. Then we have more cider apples, apple skins, fresh almonds and walnuts and a wee plankish side that’s far from being unpleasant. Truly a lovely mentholated nose, much nicer than I remembered. After ten minutes: huge notes of peaches, wow! Mouth: peaches again, but also more indistinct flavours, some tea and bergamot (earl grey), maybe a little cardboard, oranges, a slight soapiness… It remains good but the wow factor is gone. Finish: a notch short, malty. Some grass in the aftertaste but the peaches haven’t gone away. Comments: not everything is perfect but this is a very fine dram, easy to find and quite cheap at auctions. SGP:441 - 85 points.

Tamdhu 10 yo (40%, OB, 2013)

Tamdhu 10 yo (40%, OB, 2013) Three stars and a half I quite like this art deco bottle and label, I have to say. Nice nostalgic look. Colour: gold. Nose: very different from the older 10. This is rounder and maltier at the same time, with a little ginger from the oak and then rather coffee, honey, curious hints of tequila, fudge and raisins. Maybe still a little ‘unmingled’ since this was bottled not a long time ago (new whiskies need a little rest in my opinion) but pleasure is here. A very easy nose. After ten minutes: serious, aged tequila! Mouth: starts a little heavy on the caramel and fudge, café latte, apple skins, grass and stout, but it’s good. Would rather go on with white pepper, even green peppercorns, cocoa and bitter oranges. The oak remains noticeable but again, this was just bottled a few weeks ago. Finish: medium length, with more grass and herbs, much drier than expected. A little curry, pepper, black tea… Sweet mustard and kirsch in the aftertaste. Comments: I believe this is a 100% sherry version, but it’s rather dry and leafy sherry Certainly good. SGP:361 - 83 points.

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