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Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask Tamdhu 1997 (20 year old) 54.6%

Bourbon Hogshead 307089/ Dist: May 1997 Btl: Oct 2017/ Tasted: Dec 2017

Aromas of white fruit, ginger root and white liquorice. Lightly peppered with waxy apple and barley. Subtle, lightly creamy oak comes through along with some malt laden oils but damn, that’s peppery. Late straw and husky barley.

The palate is full and barley’d with mature honey and surprise…. pepper! Hints of white liquorice, fennel, anise, menthol, eucalyptus, dark chocolate and some slightly bitter tannins. Very entertaining and intense with a subtle ‘Bourbony’ oak finish and lingering pepper.


Carn Mor Strictly Limited Tamdhu 2008 (7 year old) 46%

Bourbon Hogshead/ Dist: 2008 Btl: 2015/ Tasted: Mar 2015

A lovely, fresh and grassy nose with sweet barley, citrus and sweet pollen dust. Bright and breezy witjh hints of honey, straw and dried grape.

The palate is quite full and barley’d with a little more toffee’d oak showing. A crisp, mineral; and citrus note balances and hints of grass and thick honey follow. Very mouth-filling and long with lingering barley, white fruit and citrus. Finally exiting with a brief mocha and stony note. A delightfully light Spey with plenty of depth.


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.

Mackillop’s Choice Tamdhu 1989 (25 year old?) 45.5%

Bourbon Cask 4104/ Tasted: May 2014

The nose is rather citric and very fresh for its age. Good complexity with hints of honey, grass, minerals, light oak and barley. All very harmonious.

The palate is like the nose, fresh and citric with some creamy American oak balancing. The middle becomes quite fleshy with hints of sweet-ish barley, herbs and grass. The citrus and mineral notes return on the finish to give it quite an austere ending. However it’s a lovely expression.

Mackillop’s Choice Tamdhu 1989 (28 year old) 48.1%

Bourbon Cask 4126/ Dist: May 1989 Btl: Sept 2017/ Tasted: Nov 2017

A lovely fragrant nose of barley, orange blossom honey, sawdusty oak and sweet vanilla. Gorgeously mature and displaying an enticing sub-tropical character. Late hints of citrus and minerals.

The palate is exceptionally deep and gorgeously honeyed with barley, toffee, citrus and milky oak. Hints of minerals, white fruit and apricot appear on the middle and the finish is long, citric and minerally with sweet barley and oak balancing.

Douglas McGibbon Provenance Tamdhu 2005 (8 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: PRV1087/ Dist: July 2005 Btl: Apr 2014/ Tasted: May 2014

An exuberantly honeyed nose with gristy barley, granulated sugar, pineapple, apple, grass and oak.

The palate opens with the toffee’d oak, followed by apple, apricot and a touch of milk chocolate coated digestive biscuit. Lightly grassy on the middle with a lovely, light barley and honey finish. Definitely a summer dram!

Douglas McGibbon Provenance Tamdhu 2000(?) (12 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: PRV1026/ Dist: 2000(?) Btl: July 2013/ Tasted: Aug 2013

Oily, off-the-still cereal aromas with a light citrus and grassy note plus hints of malt, treacle and liquorice.

The palate has quite a prominent degree of oak, which didn’t appear on the nose. Caramel, vanilla and toffee dominate, in fact it becomes very toffee’d. Eventually a little grass and citrus appears in the finish.

Malts of Scotland Tamdhu 1990 (20 year old) 49.8%

Sherry cask 8119/ Dist: Apr 1990 Btl: Mar 2011/ Tasted: July 2011

Slightly sulphurous (which does blow off relatively quickly) expansive Oloroso nose with some dried fruit, nuts, earth and liquorice. With time some violet notes appear. 

The palate is soft and sweet Oloroso fruit, coffee, toffee. Displaying a touch of maturity.Ok length. Quite sweet and nutty with a gentle spice finish.  

Conclusion: A distinctly average sherry cask

Douglas McGibbon Provenance Tamdhu 1998 (12 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: PRV0739/ Dist Dev 1998 Btl: Oct 2011/ Tasted: Oct 2011

A polite nose of brittle honey with some cherry fruit and a touch of perfumed white flowers. The oak adds some caramel to round it off. 

The palate is soft, full and rounded. Quite honeyed with barley, spice, soft fruit, a touch of smoke and light coffee. Good length with a slightly grassy finish. All very pleasant and unpretentious.

John McDougall’s Golden Cask Tamdhu 1994 (11 year old) 61.3%

Bourbon Cask 241/ Dist: 1994 Btl: 2005/ Tasted: Mar 2007

Young and intensely oily on the nose. Youthful, perfumed fruit with a cereal background. It displays what can only be described as ‘terroir’ – essence of earth and granity hard malt! It’s young, delicate and maybe a bit evanescent but utterly charming.

On the palate it is light, estery and oily, again youthful with cereal and light spices. Good length with a whistle clean finish. A touch of water smoothes and softens brining out the orange fruit but not detracting from its granity hardness.

John McDougall’s Golden Cask Tamdhu 1994 (11 year old) 60%

Bourbon/ Dist: 1994 Btl: 2005/ Tasted: Jan 2007

Scintillating aromas of rich orange fruit and sticky toffee. Big, complex, full and luscious with a touch of smoke and apricot fruit. Smooth and sliky on the palate with sticky toffee, apple, orange fruit and quiet a smoky middle. This is a big fruity monster, immensely so with loads of intense spices along with a touch of earth and garden flowers. A drop of water mellows the monster, yet doesn’t detract from its complexity.

Ian Macleod Dun Bheagan Tamdhu 1994 (13 year old) ‘Madeira Finish’ 46%

Bourbon – Madiera Cask 90341/ Dist 1994 Btl: 2007/ Tasted: Sept 2007

Yum! Wonderfullyaromatic and floral with lovely honeyed candied orange fruit. The fruit has a beguiling softness yet it has a serious grip, an almost grainy edge to it. Wonderful complexity with herbal, toffee-apple and late vanilla notes.

Floral and mouth filling. There is an abundance of sweet, candied fruit, liquorice, and soft spices. Very succulent with the herbal toffee-applearomas mirrored on the palate. Divine! Very long and extremely juicy. Delicate yet mouth watering.

Hart Brothers Tamdhu 33 year old 40.5%

Dist: Nov 1969 Btl: May 2003/ Tasted: Apr 2010

Aromas of lovely mature, honeyed, bourbon oak, sawdust and soft citrus. The honey has a lovely herbal quality and thereare some seriously big toffee-vanillins. Over time it develops hints of tangerine and some malty-grist as well. 

The palate opens with light, herbal-honey, barley and cream followed by wonderfully spicy malt, hints of oats and lashings of mature honey. Waves of spice break over the tongue on the middle – cinnamon, black pepper and cumin. Multi-layered and quiet buttery, but that is balanced adroitly by its herbal freshness. The oak finally bitters out the finish. It doesn’t quiet have the depth and complexity of an old Glen Grant or Glenrothes, but lovely nevertheless (picky?).

Dewar Rattray Tamdhu 1967 (42 year old) 56.5%

Bourbon Cask 9/ Dist: 1967 Btl: 2009/ Tasted: Oct 2009

My god this has some depth! Big, rich and spicy with buckets full, no make that container full’s of mature honey. Amazing complexity of lazy, sweet spices, liquorice, cinnamon, honey coated tropical fruit, banana fritter, coffee, saw dust, hickory a touch of chocolate and the most sublime liquid orange fruit imaginable. My god this is stunning. Seamless, bottomless, fathomless, immeasurable, etc, etc, etc……………….!!!!! 

The liquid honey glides effortlessly onto the tongue. So, so soft and mature. Delicate honeyed spices, cinnamon, a touch of clove, Armagnac-esque dried fruit, figs almonds, liquorice, and black toffee coated dark fruits excite the senses. Simply put this is stunning and one of the most impressive bottlings I’ve tasted this year. The length is amazing, the finish, swathed in pure Colombian (coffee that is!) coats the mouth. Damn this is so more-ish! 

Dewar Rattray Tamdhu 1980 (30 year old) 55.5%

Bourbon Cask 9224/ Dist: 1980 Btl: 2010/ Tasted: Nov 2010

A stunning nose! Layers of spicy mature honey and oak with hints of cinnamon, old rose petals and a touch of onion skin. With time the spices move into a herbal territory. Immense, vibrant and very much alive and kicking. Gorgeously honeyed – pure honeycomb with a late ground coffee nuance. 

Like the nose the palate is equally as stunning. Yes thereare plenty of tannins and alcohol but the layers of mature spicy honeyare sublime, backed up with fleshy fruit and a glorious, mouth watering, pure liquid honey comb. The alcohol nips but the depth of honey keeps it in check. Stunning length with hints of ground coffee, cinnamon and chocolate. Finishing with a hint of Turkish delight and plenty of wood spices. 

Water doesn’t change the nose, maybe it’s a bit more herbal, but it’s still stunning! On the palate it become a touch more oilier and the coffee/ mocha notesare more pronounced. Delicate and mature, this is a remarkable old cask.