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February 18, 2022


Little Duos,
today Tamnavulin

Not a name we're seeing very often these days, I believe it used to be bigger in the 1980s and 1990s. Proof: today we've only got two little ones in store, let's try them.

Tamnavulin 'Tempranillo Cask Edition' (40%, OB, +/-2020)

Tamnavulin 'Tempranillo Cask Edition' (40%, OB, +/-2020) Two stars
A little NAS finished in one the strongest red wines, what could go wrong? Remember, tempranillo is the varietal that's giving us the famous red Riojas. Colour: gold, not pink, and not even salmony/apricotty. Nose: as unusual as we were expecting, rather on peach and pear leaves, tomato leaves as well, then more earthy wood (barrel) and cassis, fruits and buds. Enters then more and more beer territories, which comes just as unexpected, but that would rather be Kriek and double-IPA. Mouth: a bizarre drop on the palate. Sour cherries, more Kriek, homemade mead, then wine gums and, well, a feeling of sangria. An acquired taste, shall we say. A little bitter/sour oak. Finish: short. Barrel water and more mead mixed with cherry juice. Comments: I'll never really manage to acquire this taste, I'm afraid. Please no red wine in my malt whisky (we'll have to make a T-shirt one day).
SGP:551 - 70 points.

Please, some Tamnavulin al natural (at least the Tempranillo makes you speak Spanish, ha)…

Tamnavulin-Glenlivet 23 yo 1992/2015 (55%, Cadenhead, Authentic Collection, bourbon hogshead, 258 bottles)

Tamnavulin-Glenlivet 23 yo 1992/2015 (55%, Cadenhead, Authentic Collection, bourbon hogshead, 258 bottles) Four stars
Our very last drop of Tamnavulin, we're scraping the bottom of the barrel here (a very appropriate expression, no?) Colour: pale white wine. Nose: ten miles above that Tempranilloed NAS. Wonderful woolly nose, very chalky and extremely on sourdough, unleavened bread, fermenting plums, cellulosic varnish, then plantains and , perhaps, manioc. Wonderfully unusual this time. With water: cane juice, rainwater, grist, indeed raw wool, Mouth (neat): very rough when undiluted, as if they had filled the bottle straight from the spirit receiver. Raw kirschwasser, bitter almonds and bitter saps (or bee propolis) With water: a wee dollop of spent lees and unfiltered beer plus a feeling of ink and linseed oil in the background… Finish: medium, very good, extremely on raw barley, with just a little citrus in the aftertaste. Lemon bread. Comments: some earlier 1992s by CAD had not really been to my liking, but I find this one rather perfect. Al natural.
SGP:551 - 87 points.

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