Tamdhu 1973/2008 (56.0%, Gordon & MacPhail 'Reserve', cask #3230, 1st fill sherry butt, 481 bottles)
We poured this one for this year's Whisky Show Old & Rare sherries whiskies tasting - it was a hit! Colour: orangey amber. Nose: yup! Quinces, chocolate caramel sauce, hessian cloth, kirsch and all the usual suspects: figs, sultanas, tobacco etc… there's also a rather elegant honeyed side along with some aged balsamic. With water: much leafier and mulchier, on gingerbread, tobacco leaf, turmeric, cloves and date molasses. Outstanding, rich, old style sherry! Mouth: wonderful concentration of sticky dark fruits, wormwood, herbal tonic wines, exotic fruit teas and crystallised citrus peels. Superb resinous profile and thickness on the palate. With water: broader and more complex. Also a little drier and quite a bit spicier now with black pepper, cinnamon, mustard powder and dried herbs. Some mentholated qualities emerging too. Finish: long, elegantly spicy, bitter herbal vibes, teas and more things like balsamic and rancio notes. Comments: a brilliant old school sherry cask and top class Tamdhu distillate. You just need to enjoy this rather spicy profile - which I certainly do.
SGP: 562 - 91 points.