Matured exclusively in a combination of first-fill and refill Oloroso sherry casks for 12 years.The Tamdhu 12-year-old replaced the 10-year-old variant back in 2018.
Appearance: Light copper/apple juice. A hairline swirl mark and many quick-forming medium legs collectively forming a corrugated film on the glass.Nose: Initial wood and fruit notes mingle together nicely. Quite earthy/damp foliage undertones but with the sherry influence layered on top, adding plum, blackberry and over ripe orchard fruits. There a pleasant amount of alcohol on the nose. It’s definitely got a hum but friendly too, not overbearing at all. As the glass matures, baking notes and custard tarte appear.
Palate: A pleasant mouthfeel not luxuriously buttery but with definite substance and oiliness. Mainly strawberry jam with a hint of cinnamon and black pepper on the first sip. There’s some orange influence on the subsequent sips, along with a slight astringency, like when someone uses too much hairspray and it gets in your throat.Slight lemon towards the finish.
Finish: Medium in length. The jammy notes and black pepper present the most, with a touch of sweeter cinnamon at the very end.
Overall: Ok, so I’m not a fan of the look and feel of the Tamdhu brand. I don’t like the packaging or bottle design. This put me off purchasing myself, however, this is the second expression I’ve been bought as a gift and the second expression I’ve really enjoyed. It goes to show that you can’t judge a book by it’s cover and, conversely, sometimes your branding doesn’t do the liquid justice.
A really lovely fruity drop.