Tamdhu Batch Strength Batch 3 Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar 6 December 2018
Tamdhu distillery is a single malt Scotch Speyside whisky distillery, located in the town of Knockando in Banffshire, Scotland. Tamdhu comes from Gaelic for little dark hill. In 1863 the Strathspey railway connected this locality to other areas.
The distillery was founded in 1896 by a group of whisky blenders, wishing to engage in the production of their own whisky. The first malt whisky was distilled and casked in 1897. It quickly passed on into the hands of Highland Distillers. The history of the distillery was fairly quiet, without changing owners, but still marked by a 20 year dormancy between 1927 and 1947.
Its production capacity was tripled between 1972 and 1975. The distillery now has three wash stills and three spirit stills. Its annual production of pure alcohol is four million gallons.
Unlike its neighbors, the Tamdhu distillery has no roof-shaped pagoda above its malt furnaces. This is one of the last distilleries to malt all of its barley on the spot by a mechanical saladin.
It was announced that as of April 2010, the Tamdhu Distillery, belonging to the Highland Distillers subsidiary of the Edrington Group, was being closed and the plant shuttered. It was then sold to Ian MacLeod Distillers in June 2011, who recommenced production of single malt in May 2013.
The Tamdhu whisky is almost completely used for the production of blended whiskies, such as The Famous Grouse, J & B and Cutty Sark. Under current owners, Ian MacLeod, Tamdhu’s bottlings include:
Tamdhu 10 year-old – 100% sherry-matured standard bottling.
Tamdhu 18-year-old – Are offered by a number of independent bottlers.
Tamdhu 50 year old – A first-fill European oak sherry butt (cask 4678). It was distilled on 2 November 1963 and bottled March 2017. 100 bottles were released.
Tamdhu Batch Strength (Batch 3) (58.3%) no-age statement – The third batch of Tamdhu’s Batch Strength expression, matured exclusively in sherry casks.
You may find my simple Scotch whisky advent calendar tasting on my YouTube channel here: