TV personality and drinks expert Olly Smith took time out from the re-launch of Tamdhu Distillery to savour the spirit of Speyside with a dram of the new 10yo single malt.
Smith visited the home of Tamdhu, one of Speyside’s pioneering distilleries, to host an exclusive lunch and whisky tasting event within the grounds of the Distillery overlooking the banks of the River Spey.
Attended by 50 special guests, with lunch prepared by Scotland’s leading seafood chef Roy Brett, owner of Ondine in Edinburgh, the event marked the official launch of Tamdhu.
Acquired in June 2011 by Ian Macleod Distillers, leading Scottish independent family owned distiller and bottler, Tamdhu Distillery was established in 1897 by a consortium of pioneering businessmen who embodied the ‘can-dhu’ spirit of their generation.
Inspired by an age of industry and endeavour, the Tamdhu story is said to be one of enlightenment that began, and continues to this day, on the banks of the River Spey. Now, just as then, Tamdhu is matured in only the finest oak sherry casks with natural Speyside water from the Tamdhu spring.
The new Tamdhu 10 yo is claimed to have a softness of vanilla and sugared almonds on the nose balanced by fresh oak and cinnamon. Bursting with fruit and spice, which gently yields to toffee, there is a richness of sherry oak on the palate with a gentle hint of peat smoke wisp, the company claims.
Designed to maximise on-shelf presence, the packaging communicates the brand’s values and provenance with a stylish, textured black, white and gold tube, illustrated monograms and an elegant glass bottle, inspired by the Victorian era.
Leonard Russell, managing director and third generation of the family-owned Ian Macleod Distillers, said: “Tamdhu has a reputation for producing exceptional quality single malt and we are excited to re-launch Tamdhu today. We are committed to revitalising and growing Tamdhu not only as a brand but from an economic and investment perspective with new jobs created and significant investment in the infrastructure and fabric of the Distillery.
“The re-launch has been in the planning for nearly two years to ensure that our best casks had hit their peak before bottling. With a focus on quality, we have honoured the careful distillation process to create a premium malt Scotch whisky we believe Tamdhu’s founders would be proud of.”
Tamdhu 10 yo Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky is available from Waitrose, specialists and independents across the UK with an RRP of £34.99. It will be distributed globally over the coming months.
In addition, a special commemorative 10 yo bottling, which is matured in 100% first fill sherry casks, has been released by Ian Macleod Distillers. Only 1,000 limited edition bottles are available to buy online priced at £100.