The Speyside-iest Speysider you could hope to encounter, the Tamnavulin Sherry Cask Edition is full of sherried goodness.
Young at heart
Tamnavulin was founded in 1966, making it relatively young compared to most Scotch whisky brands. At only 54 years old, it is no where near the big names such as Glenlivet, The Macallan and Glenfiddich, in terms of age.
Not only is it comparatively young, but for at least 12 years of that, they weren’t open and producing malt. From 1995-2007 the distillery was closed, which isn’t uncommon in the lifespan of a Scotch whisky distillery. During this time, Tamnavulin was refurbished and reinvigorated into the brand we know and love today. A bit of time off is always worth it!
Tamnavulin have a tidy little core range of three malts, each one hand made at the distillery. Included we have the Double Cask, Sherry Cask and Red Wine Cask. This is a pretty varied range considering there are only three malts and no age statements, although they also have a Vintage Collection.
With Tamnavulin you really get what it says on the tin. They stick to good quality malt without many bells and whistles. Their Sherry Cask edition is a wonderful example of this.
Tasting notes for Tamnavulin Sherry Cask Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bottle cost: £27.46
Matured in American Oak and finished in three different Sherry casks, this is a brilliantly hearty Speyside malt.
The nose begins with notes of dried fruits, Christmas cake and a lovely cinnamon warmth. Ginger and nutmeg also appear and give it a nice spicy note. Citrus fruits and thick caramel round off well.
The palate is rich and smooth. Orange peel, almonds, cinnamon and vanilla really show themselves, with lots of boldness. There is a sweet side to the malt as well, with hints of caramel and oak wood coming out. Notes of burnt brown sugar and Christmas cake appear towards the end.
The finish is strong and spicy, with more cinnamon and a lasting note of vanilla.
This is a brilliant malt, with lots of Speyside character and a rich, Sherried body. A classic Speyside malt in every sense of it.
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