Hunter Laing Tamdhu Tasting Notes

Posted: November 26, 2014 in Scotch Whisky H-Z, Tamdhu

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Tamdhu 1997(?) (16 year old) 50%

Code: OMC2441/ Dist: 1997(?) Btl: ?/ Tasted: Nov 2014

The nose opens with chunky, oily bourbon notes along with hints of coffee and toffee. A touch of perfumed white fruit and grass can be detected but the oak dominates.

The palate is dense and oily with toffee’d oak and yet more toffee! A touch of grass comes through on the middle but the oak continues in a rather buttery fashion. Some pleasant, cleansing citrus appears in the finish but like the nose the oak is the dominating theme

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Tamdhu 1991 (23 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2390/ Dist: May 1991 Btl: June 2014/ Tasted: July 2014

The aromas seem to suggest that this is a little long in the tooth as some wet cardboard notes have crept in along with some murky honey. There are hints of sweet barley, grass and thyme, but it’s all a bit too old.

The palate is slightly fresher and cleaner with the caramel oak dominating, A touch of barley, apricot and honey comes through but the oak is blanketing. Good finish as the citrus cuts through the oak and finishes with a touch of coffee and dry grass.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Tamdhu 1988 (27 year old) 45.9%

Bourbon/ Dist: June 1988 Btl: Oct 2015/ Code: OMC2525/ Tasted: Nov 2015

Wonderfully mature and dusty on the nose with sharp lemon bonbon’s, barley, violet and fragrant oak. Superb depth with hints of vibrant gooseberry, lime and apricot. With time the oak develops a creamy vanilla character.

Soft and full on the palate with fleshy apricot, barley, dusty oak and hints of citrus. Incredibly juicy with the citrus notes adding a lovely freshness. Long and beautifully spiced – sweet ginger and cinnamon. Quite a dusty oak after-taste. Mature, juicy and fresh!


Hunter Laing Distillers Art Tamdhu 1998 (18 year old) 48%

Bourbon/ Code: ART0080/ Dist: Aug 1998 Btl: Sept 2016?/ Tasted: Oct 2016

A little edgy on the nose but pleasantly barley’d with white fruit, citrus and vanilla.

The palate is a bit dull, due to be flattened by the natural caramel. Hints of barley and citrus appear on the middle and the finish is somewhat austere and citric.


Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Tamdhu 2005 (8 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: HEP0031/ Dist: Jul 2005 Btl: June 2014/ Tasted: July 2014

A crisp, fresh and grassy nose with hints of fennel, dill, white liquorice and lightly gristy barley. Quite fresh and appealing.

The palate is soft, showing a little more honey an oak. Quite toffee’d with hints of white fruit and grass. It develops a granulated sugar note on the middle and has a good barley and white liquorice finish. Pleasant, sweet spice after-taste.

Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Tamdhu 2007 (9 year old) 46%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: HEP0258/ Dist: Aug 2007 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

A pleasantly full and evolved nose with honey coated apricot, barley, grass and vanilla oak, which becomes fairly toffee’d with time.

Straightforward and toffee’d on the palate with subtle barley and citrus. Soft, sweet and oaky with lingering toffee.


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