Now, sherried finishes are a favourite with us here at The Birmingham Whisky Club. Taking a step away from Whisky Birmingham and peated drams, our resident blogger Richard takes a foray into the sweeter side of Scotch this month.
This month I decided to keep the focus away from the peat finishes (much as they are my personal favourite!) and take a full dive into the world of sherried deliciousness! Around Christmas I sampled the Glendronach 12 and I tried the Glendronach Revival which has now sadly been discontinued for World Whisky Day. I decided to try two comparable age statements from Abelour and GlenDronach and finish with a personal favourite from private bottler Ultimate, Tamdhu 2005.
What: Abelour 15, 43%, Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
Where: Master Of Malt / Online.
Nose: Sherry and Honey.
Palate: Custard Vanilla taste, thick in the mouth (like custard!) Roasted almond and a whisper of orange.
Finish: Fairly short but pleasantly crisp. Mouth feels slightly dry leaving you wanting more!
Don’t add water. Ruins the texture in the mouth and brings out the alcohol more than any flavour benefit!
What: Glendronach 15 – Revival. 46%, Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
Where: The Wellington, 37 Bennetts Hill, Birmingham B2 5SN.
Nose: Oloroso sherry, toffee, mocha, very rich.
Palate: Complex in the mouth. Lots of flavours come out. Dried fruits, toffee, macerated cherries. Every mouthful felt slightly different. I had to have a second just to be sure…
Finish: Long and dry. Mocha and sherry finish prominent with the dried fruit becoming more distant.
Interesting note. The age of the whisky is more like 20 years old due to the distillery being mothballed 1996 – 2002.
What: Tamdhu 2005, Ultimate, 60.3%, Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Where: Import / internet sadly!
Nose: Toffee, dried figs, candied orange, careful nosing required given the volume!
Palate: Intense! Rich sherry bomb, Molasses with a ginger spiciness. Creamy in the mouth, really generates waves of flavour
Finish: Spice moves more to a pepper finish, maple syrup sweetness. Loooooong finish.
I have a real love for Tamdhu which I only really discovered a year ago. Ultimate are a private bottling company and their version of the Tamdhu is phenomenal for the price point! If you can’t get the 2005 you will also enjoy the 2006 edition.
Note from the editor: Sadly, we won’t have any 2005 Tamdhu at our tasting on 28th July, but we have a great range! There are still a few tickets left for ‘An Evening With Glengoyne & Tamdhu’ here!