Tamdhu 50 Year Old
  • Category Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Region Speyside
  • Distillery Tamdhu
  • Age 50 Year Old
  • Distillation date 2nd November 1963
  • Style Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Bottling date March 2017
  • Maturation First Fill European Oak Sherry Butt
  • Alcohol 55.6%
  • Cask number 4678
  • Single cask? Yes
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • oak
  • clove
  • liquorice
  • apple
  • orange
  • coffee
  • dry
  • ginger
  • smoky

Tamdhu

50 Year Old (0.75l, 55.6%)

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A taste of history.

Even the best sales pitch cannot convince those who already know what they want. Let’s be honest. Tamdhu 50 is no ordinary Whisky, and the following passage alone cannot possibly persuade you to buy it. If you’re here for the bottle, good for you. If you’re here to satisfy your curiosity, you’ll enjoy the story nevertheless.

You see, Tamdhu 50 is essentially history in a bottle. One you can taste and experience. Or simply admire. Released to celebrate the 120th birthday of the Tamdhu distillery, this 50-year-old single malt tells the tale of 120 years of expertise and 50 years of maturation. Hidden in the Speyside hills of Knockando, Tamdhu started out as a revolutionary distillery in the era of early industrialization in Scotland. Obsessed with the idea of Whisky perfection, they constructed the most advanced distillery of their time. Peaks and valleys of the industry followed, but quality expressions remained. Some apparent, some hidden. Under the guidance of Ian Macleod Distillers, who bought the distillery in 2011, they are hitting their stride once more. Challenging roads often lead to beautiful destinations.

Of course, little did they know in 1963 that the most beautiful chapter of their tale will only get a title in 2017. The desired Whisky perfection of the forbearers came to be. We’re talking about the Tamdhu 50, of course. The cask, which may never have been kept closed for so long, had the distillery avoided its many rough goings, has been opened. Matured in a first fill oak sherry butt for five decades and bottled at cask strength of 55,6 % ABV, only 100 bottles are available. Tasting Tamdhu 50 is an unforgettable event. Just imagine what half a century in a cask does to the intensity, range, and depth of flavor. A privilege of experience reserved for the lucky few.

This precious embodiment of Whisky expertise is presented in a luxurious decanter with silver plating, created by a team of traditional British luxury designers and craftsmen to bring Victorian industrial elegance to life. To say there’s nothing like it is a huge understatement. There is even a bespoke sample vial built into the oak tube canister, so those fortunate enough to afford the bottle need not open it. As the years go on, this collector’s item will only increase in value.

This Whisky is a statement. Statement on what 50 years of maturation does to the power and richness of a particular dram. Statement that Whisky can sometimes be more than just Whisky. It can be an expression of the craft, heritage and an art piece in itself. A statement that you, our beloved Flaviarista, know what you want and you have the power to get it. That’s the definition of success.

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  • Category Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Region Speyside
  • Distillery Tamdhu
  • Age 50 Year Old
  • Distillation date 2nd November 1963
  • Style Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Bottling date March 2017
  • Maturation First Fill European Oak Sherry Butt
  • Alcohol 55.6%
  • Cask number 4678
  • Single cask? Yes
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
Appearance / Color
Deep hues of rich mahogany

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Forest fruits, elegant oak, orange depths

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Cloves, liquorice, coffee, baked apples

Finish
Incredibly long, dry and rich
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  • oak
  • clove
  • liquorice
  • apple
  • orange
  • coffee
  • dry
  • ginger
  • smoky
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Character Dogson
Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most Single Malts are matured longer, though).
Scotch Whisky is seldom aged in new barrels. Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey casks are usually used for maturation. In addition to that, Whisky is often matured or finished in various wine casks such as Sherry or Port.
Single malt stands for around 10% of the Scotch market. This is a malt containing only one grain, legally required to be barley in Scotland, and made at a single distillery.

A blended Scotch is a combination of different malts from different distilleries. It is typically made from grain Whisky but does include malt Whisky to give it a more complex body.
90% of all Scotch Whisky released in the market is a blend. That’s a hell of a lot.
Blended Whiskies are the result of years of craftsmanship and dedication. A master blender does not simply wake up one day with a profound ability to create a cohesive and enjoyable liquid. From nosing the liquid to working out quantities of each different grain and malt to go into the blend, a master blender can take years, if not decades, to train.
Tamdhu 50 Year Old that was released to celebrate the 120th anniversary of Ian Macleod Distillers, is one of the most expensive Scotch Whiskies out there. Bottled in hand-made crystal decanter, it retails for nearly £17,000 price tag. Those who have had the chance to taste it, say it's well worth it.
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most Single Malts are matured longer, though).
Scotch Whisky is seldom aged in new barrels. Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey casks are usually used for maturation. In addition to that, Whisky is often matured or finished in various wine casks such as Sherry or Port.
Single malt stands for around 10% of the Scotch market. This is a malt containing only one grain, legally required to be barley in Scotland, and made at a single distillery.

A blended Scotch is a combination of different malts from different distilleries. It is typically made from grain Whisky but does include malt Whisky to give it a more complex body.
90% of all Scotch Whisky released in the market is a blend. That’s a hell of a lot.
Blended Whiskies are the result of years of craftsmanship and dedication. A master blender does not simply wake up one day with a profound ability to create a cohesive and enjoyable liquid. From nosing the liquid to working out quantities of each different grain and malt to go into the blend, a master blender can take years, if not decades, to train.
Tamdhu 50 Year Old that was released to celebrate the 120th anniversary of Ian Macleod Distillers, is one of the most expensive Scotch Whiskies out there. Bottled in hand-made crystal decanter, it retails for nearly £17,000 price tag. Those who have had the chance to taste it, say it's well worth it.
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