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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
Nose: This is sweet and sour. At first there’s a mix of vanilla, sour red berries and a small amount of honey. It feels fresh and very approachable. There’s a nice sweet center part underneath with malt and butterscotch. The distillate shines through but it’s not protruding. When it settles in the glass there’s a nice and rich outer layer forming with darker fruit notes from the cask finish as well as a gooseberry fruitiness in the center. This is a nice nose with a lot to offer even though it’s a bit too mild.

Mouth: It starts out with a rounded off butterscotch and malt note. There’s a honey and vanilla sweetness as well. It’s a lot sweeter than on the nose and becomes even sweeter with time in the glass. There’s an immidiate oakiness forming around the edges together with a sour lemon note, which unfortunatly is slightly metallic. The whole is extremely mild and easy on the palate. It’s very different in taste compared to what the nose presented and it lacks a bit of balance. It becomes slightly spicy after a few sips which is a much needed feature.

Finish: There’s an increase in darker fruit notes and sweetness through the transition and when it settles those notes lie on top while the oakiness overruns everything else underneath. There’s an almond note somewhere in between. It becomes slightly astringent and the oak feels like a mix of fresh oak and a nutty, bitter grey oak. The finish ends rather quickly, but the fresh oak note stays behind and gives somewhat of an interesting fade out in the end. This is a pretty decent whisky for what it is; A budget single malt.

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.

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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
Nose: This is sweet and fruity. At first there’s a mix of butterscotch and overripe red berries. There’s a strawberry and vanilla cream note within which gives it a dessert-like quality. Underneath a rather young distillate and a not so great bitter oak note are found. The whole feels top heavy. There’s a shiny sour lemon/metallic note peeking through from behind. This is a decent, uncomplicated nose with a nice cover from the cask influence. The corners cut shows through though.

Mouth: It starts out very mild with a heavy vanilla and butterscotch center. The same shiny lemon and metallic note is filling up the background and makes it a bit unpleasant. After a few seconds some spicy notes appear which seem to come from the oak rather than the alcohol which gives it a small, but much needed, boost. The red berries are still creating a small coating over the vanilla and butterscotch and it’s still mainly strawberries, but also a hint of more ripe berries. The longer it stays in the mouth the more of the young distillate comes through and a bitterness starts to appear.

Finish: The finish starts out pretty flat and the sweet center deteriates rather quickly. The fruitiness and the metallic note stays a bit longer and they reside mainly towards the edges. Left in the center is a rather astringent and simple oakiness which struggles to decide whether it’s raw oak or a bitter black coffee oakiness. It still seems to be connected to the spicyness. It’s not a long finish. This is a so-and-so whisky which delivers just about what’s expected from a budget single malt.

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 – 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.