Reviewing the new Tamdhu Cigar Malt single malt Scotch whisky

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Tamdhu Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky has announced the global release of its Cigar Malt No. 01 - a special limited edition new bottling to celebrate an age-old pairing. .. and I was sent a rather generous sample to try myself...

Tamdhu Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky has announced the global release of its Cigar Malt No. 01 – a special limited edition new bottling to celebrate an age-old pairing. .. and I was sent a rather generous sample to try myself…

The Cigar Malt was hand-picked from a small selection of the finest first fill European Oak Oloroso Sherry Casks at the Speyside distillery and was chosen for its ability to support and complement the rich, aromatic and spicy flavour of the world’s best cigars. 

Tamdhu is the only Single Malt Scotch Whisky to exclusively mature all its whisky in only the finest Oloroso sherry seasoned casks. As with each leaf in a cigar, these rare sherry casks help deliver the unique natural colour and complementary taste of the Cigar Malt.

Un-chill-filtered at 53.8% for a richness of texture and strength of flavour, the whisky mirrors the spice, aroma and mouthfeel of aged tobacco leaves used in only the best cigars. 

Sandy McIntyre, Tamdhu Distillery Manager, said:“While whisky and cigars have long been enjoyed together, we wanted our Tamdhu Cigar Malt to cement that bond with a marriage of flavour and craft befitting of the two worlds.  

“This whisky, exclusively matured in first fill European Oak Oloroso sherry casks, provides the perfect accompaniment to the finest cigars. That we were able to use those sherry casks to continue the legacy of the Cigar Malt through the humidor is very special indeed.”   

Greg's tasting notes...

NOSE

Big on the sherry as you’d expect but damn is it amazing – so happy just nosing this, have already had envious texts from friends looking at my Instagram as I posted about reviewing this… and this nose would send them crazy. The oaky notes are big too, the richness comes through in bundles and the joy is endless.

Palate

So big, the ABV does not hit like you’d think for 53.8%, but it is there, warming, smouldering in the background… a lovely nutty, toffee note pings around the sherried goodness, the dried winter fruits are divine and man alive that finish ex endless and exceptional… 

Bottles of Tamdhu Cigar Malt No. 01 are exclusively available to purchase from specialist retailers in the UK, USA, Netherlands, Germany, Taiwan and China and from https://www.tamdhu.com/our-collection/tamdhu-cigar-malt at RRP £180.00 per 70cl bottle (53.8% ABV). 

Tags: Scotch WhiskySingle MaltSpeysideTamdhu Cigar Malt
Greg

Greg

My name is Greg, and I’m a brand strategy consultant, writer, speaker, host and judge specialising in premium spirits. My mission is to experience, share and inspire with everything great about whisky, whiskey, gin, beer and fine dining through my writing, my brand building and my whisky tastings.

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