Kategoriarkiv: Tamnavulin

Tamnavulin Red Wine Cask Edition – Pinot Noir

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 2/5

Tasting notes
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Additional information
This is a single malt first aged in american ex-bourbon casks and then finished in Pinot Noir red wine casks. There is no information on aging time. This bottle is from batch 000164.

Tamnavulin Red Wine Cask Edition – Cabernet Sauvignon

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
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Additional information
This is a single malt first aged in american ex-bourbon casks and then finished in Cabernet Sauvignon red wine casks. There is no information on aging time. This bottle is from batch 001243.

Tamnavulin Red Wine Cask Edition – Grenache

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is mixed fruits and butterscotch. At first there’s a bright and slightly pointy fruitiness hitting the nose. Behind that there are notes of oranges, red fruits and butterscotch. A cooling mint is hovering above everything else. With time in the glass the red wine berries start to be more detectable as a single entity. This is a very approachable and quite fantastic nose.

Mouth: It starts out very sour. There’s a big layer of lemons sitting on the outside. In the center there’s a mix of butterscotch and ripe red grapes together with grey oak planks. There’s also a coffee bitterness. It feels quite young and a little bit prickly on the tongue. It becomes honey sweet after a few seconds.

Finish: A honey sweetness fills the mouth and it is soon joined by a butterscotch note. The ripe red fruitiness comes through almost as a part of the butterscotch. The lemon sourness is not as pronounced in the finish but it still creates a layer surrounding everything else. The oakiness is still dry and brings the mind towards dry grey oak planks. This is a good whisky with a fantastic nose.

Additional information
This is a single malt first aged in american ex-bourbon casks and then finished in Grenache red wine casks. There is no information on aging time. This bottle is from batch 001075.

Tamnavulin Double Cask

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is fresh fruits and vanilla. At first there’s a perfumey fruitiness sitting up front. Beneath that, a layer of vanilla and a hint of honey create a shallow but pleasant background. The fruitiness is a mix of lemon and fresh red berries, mainly raspberries. The vanilla and the sweetness grows into a butterscotch note with time in the glass. This is a pleasant and welcoming nose, but it isn’t especially complex or interesting.

Mouth: It starts out with an outer layer of lemons and a sweet butterscotch and malt center. It feels a bit dusty and there are notes of darker fruits in there as well as black liquorice. There is an oily and rubbery note in the background which gives it a nice depth and some complexity. It’s got a nice texture and it’s a lot richer than the nose.

Finish: The darker fruitiness as well as the oily rubber note take lead. It’s raisins and plums and after a few seconds the vanilla and butterscotch return, but it adds to the palate without overshadowing anything. The oakiness starts out in the background and moves slowly forward. It’s a very nice oakiness and it comes with walnuts and a black coffee bitterness. This is a great whisky and it gives away a lot of nice flavour and some complexity even though it’s a low ABV rather low-priced whisky.

Additional information
This is the first release in over a decade from the distillery, which is owned by Whyte & McKay. It’s aged in ex-bourbon american oak and finished in ex-sherry butts.

Tamnavulin Sherry Cask Edition

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 2/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is young and fruity. There are big buckets of fresh red berries, bananas and a hint of raisins. There’s a vanilla and caramel overlay sitting on top of the fruits. Behind, there’s a backdrop of a young and slightly harsh distillate with a green apple center. A small hint of rye bread comes through after a while on the glass.

Mouth: It’s watery at first, but then an ABV spicyness comes through from the young distillate. Luckily, the sherry notes come marching in quite fast. It’s dry and the sherry notes are more dark with plums, raisins and liquorice. There’s a slight bitterness sitting in the back but it’s not connected to an oak note. A butterscotch note appears after some time in the glass.

Finish: The harsh spirit notes come through once more. It’s quite unpleasant for a couple of seconds before the sherry notes kick back. Finally an oak note comes through and it’s a pretty nice and fresh oakiness. A hint of dustiness comes through in the late finish. This is a dram that is a step up from cheap blends. The cask finish hides a lot, but not everything.

Additional information
Being a distillate primarily used in blends this is now the second single malt release from the distillery in over 20 years. It’s first aged in ex-bourbon american oak and then finished in ex-sherry butts from three different cooperages in Spain.