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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Gordon & Macphail's Tamdhu 8-Year

Distilleries don't die, they just fade away
Tamdhu - mothballed in 2010.

Apparently it's been purchased, with plans to begin production again, but it may be sometime before we see something new out of Tamdhu. Although, we didn't see much out of Tamdhu as it was used mostly in blends (Cutty Sark, Famous Grouse, etc.).

Tamdhu was (is?) a Speyside malt.  Speysides tend to be the most approachable of the single malts: lighter, sweeter, less peaty.

I like Speysides, as a foil (of sorts) to the peat heads. Like the hop heads of the beer world, who are always looking for the hoppiest beer, peat heads want the peatiest scotches. This creates an absurd hop/peat competition among the producers to make the hoppiest beer or peatiest scotch. A lot of these aren't even good, but the fervor in the market for these extreme products creates a hop/peat bubble. Consequently, Islays are now absurdly over-priced and there are too many subpar, heavily-peated blends.

All the while, Speysides just chug along. Sure, there are over-priced examples (i.e. Macallan) but for the most part, no one is looking for the "sweetest, sherriest scotch" so take advantage of this opportunity.

This particular bottling of Tamdhu is another independent bottling. The label doesn't say much, except that it comes from Tamdhu, is 86 proof, and it was aged for 8 years in "oak casks." However, I assume it is not chill filtered nor is caramel coloring added.

Like other Speysides, the nose has plenty of spice, honey, and dried fruit, but also floral notes, oak, and tarragon. It has an oily mouth-feel with flavors of oak, vanillin, fig, leather, menthol and a long, peaty finish (which is surprising, for a Speyside).  Downside: it's got a lot of heat.

For $35, it's a good buy for a single malt scotch. Would I spend much more than that? Probably not.  However, in our over-priced scotch market, you get a surprisingly complex scotch for a reasonable price.

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