Duncan Taylor: Tamdhu: 34 Year (Scottish Speyside Single Malt Whisky: 34 Year: 40% ABV)

Visual: Very light grain to gold and very clear.

Viscosity: The spirit forms slowly into streaks, but then descend quickly.

Nose: Lime jelly, vanilla and planed wood. Quite smooth. Slight salted jerky. Peppery. Water adds London’s dusty air and a very slight sherried fruit under the other notes.

Body: Sweet and custard like, then malt loaf with margarine. Peppercorn. Sweet lime. Water adds a granite back, dried and salted meat chunks. Quite spicy fresh, and has a carbonated mineral water feel.

Finish:  Malt loaf. Dry stone. Pepper comes in quite heavily. Mineral water and some fudge.

Conclusion:  34 years for a miniature , that’s quite something. From a dead distillery as well.  What do we get for the age? A mix of light flavours that sparks off the occasional touch of unexpected intensity.

Predominately light and sweet, it has quite a spritzy feel for a whisky, a feel helped by the peppery flavours laced throughout it, and backed up by the sparkles of minerals that are laden in the aftertaste.

This may be interesting, but not especially impressive. The age has brought smoothness and a slight amount of style, but the whisky itself doesn’t feel like its exploring the room that these elements have afforded it.

The stone and granite, along with the London smoke give a slightly industrialised feel, not a good look to back up a light whisky.

Interesting, but don’t mistake that for particularly good.

Background: This was put in cask 1969, bottled 2004.  The Tamdhu distillery closed in 2010 so I thought getting a miniature of this sort of age for a decent price was well worth investigating.  Never tried anything from this distillery before either.  This is the first tasting note in my new note book.

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