Tamdhu Dalbeallie Dram to launch at Spirit of Speyside

by Melita Kiely

Tamdhu Distillery has unveiled a limited-edition single malt to celebrate this year’s Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival: Tamdhu Dalbeallie Dram.

Bottled at cask strength (62.1% abv), Tamdhu Dalbeallie Dram has been matured solely in oloroso Sherry casks from Jerez in Spain. Non-chill-filtered, only 1,000 bottles of the whisky will be available exclusively from the distillery at an RRP of £90 (US$123) per 700ml bottle. The whisky is a nod to the Dalbeallie train station and the role the Victorian railway played in transporting Sherry casks from Spain. The whisky is said to have notes of blackcurrant jam, mint tea and Bakewell tart on the nose, leading to Sherry oak, cream soda, orange and nutmeg on the palate. On the finish, there are hints of malt biscuit, dark chocolate and cinnamon. Sandy McIntyre, Tamdhu Distillery manager, said: “John Glass, our master blender, prepared a selection of drams for the team to nose and sample before we decided what we thought would best complement the current Tamdhu range.” Yesterday (1 May) Tamdhu unveiled a new single cask bottling to celebrate the distillery’s 120th anniversary. It followed the launch of the brand’s oldest bottling to date – a 50-year-old single malt, which was also designed to commemorate the milestone anniversary.