Tamdhu – 1989 – 24 years – 45,40%

MacKillop’s Choice 
Distilled : 10/05/1989 – Bottled :  03/2014 – Cask n° :  4104  – Alcool : 45,40 %

Nose: Light, creamy malt. Floral, yet also spicy with some nice wood tones and hints of cigar box.
Palate: Round and smooth, yet light and creamy with also some florality. Not heavy, but very elegant.
Finish: Nice long gentle finish.

Tamdhu distillery
La distillerie Tamdhu est placée entre les villages de Knockando et de Cardhu. Elle voisine avec le Speyside way, nom d’une ancienne voie ferrée.
La grande originalité de Tamdhu, unique dans tout le Speyside, réside dans son unité de maltage. Installée en 1950 à la place du maltage sur aire, elle est constituée d’unités de type Saladin : il s’agit de longs caissons de béton, équipé d’un système de remueurs qui permettent de retourner mécaniquement l’orge lors de la phase de germination. D’une bien meilleure productivité que le remuage manuel, le système Saladin a été progressivement abandonné dans les années 80, au profit des systèmes à tambours équipant désormais les grandes malteries. Avec une production de 14 000 tonnes de malt par an, Tamdhu a assuré jusqu’à 30 % des besoins des autres distilleries du groupe.
Tamdhu est  un peu éclipsée par son voisin charismatique, Macallan, qui se trouve 10 km en aval, et qui appartient au même propriétaire. Celui a fait son “champion” de Macallan, au détriment de Tamdhu, mais pour les amateurs … les prix sont plus qu’intéressants.
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The Bottler : MacKillop’s Choice
Even though individual casks of whisky are distilled on the same day at the same distillery, the whiskies’ flavours and tastes, after maturation in separate casks, may differ widely. Lorne’s personal selection, Mackillop’s Choice, gives the connoisseur the opportunity to savour the rich quality and unique taste of single cask whiskies from different distilleries and of different ages.
Due to each cask’s distinctiveness, once the cask has been bottled, it cannot be replaced. Whiskies from distilleries that are no longer producing are especially demanded by collectors, owing to the dwindling availability of these casks.
All casks to be bottled as Mackillop’s Choice have been selected by Lorne Mackillop himself after careful tasting. He selects only those casks that have matured with an excellent balance of flavours. 
These flavours derive from the original spirit, having been tempered by many years in an oak cask. The whisky extracts from the oak great complexity of flavour, by a process that is still not fully understood.
Lorne rejects approximately 80% of the cask samples that he tastes as not being of sufficient high quality to bear the label of Mackillop’s Choice.
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Speyside
The Speyside is a region that forms a core within the Highlands and that stretches along the Spey River. It goes even further, far beyond the lands of the Spey. Thus, the distilleries placed along Livet, Fiddich, Avon, Lossie, Findhorn and Deveron are also considered as a part of the Speyside. As it is not a geological unit, the boundaries of that region have never been set and sometimes, one could argue about the region from which a distillery comes from. According to the way we establish the boundaries, 63 of the 90 distilleries still in operation in Scotland are in the Speyside.
But why can we find as many distilleries in that area? As it was hardly accessible in the past, Speyside used to provide a good protection for distilleries that were usually illegal at that time. Later, when the railway was introduced and the roads were improved, the region still had the required infrastructure to interest investors. Besides, it met all the necessary conditions for whisky manufacturing, which are water, peat and barley in quantity.
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Notes de dégustation

Colour: Pale golden colour.
Nose: Light, creamy malt. Floral, yet also spicy with some nice wood tones and hints of cigar box.
Palate: Round and smooth, yet light and creamy with also some florality. Not heavy, but very elegant.
Finish: Nice long gentle finish.

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