Review: Tamdhu 10 Years Old

Review: Tamdhu 10 Years Old

Tamdhu 10 Year Old

Shuttered from 2010 to 2013, Tamdhu, one of Speyside’s founding distilleries, is back in operation. Primarily known for its contributions to blended Scotch, the distillery is now producing more single malts, and this 10 year old expression (obviously made from stock that predates the distillery’s current ownership) would be released is the first volley of Tamdhu’s relaunch.

Tamdhu is matured  fully in sherry casks. (A limited edition expression of Tamdhu 10 that’s matured only in first-fill sherry casks is also available; check the label closely to see which one you’re buying.)

It’s easy to see why Tamdhu works well in blends like The Famous Grouse and Cutty Sark: In Tamdhu 10 you get a little bit of everything that makes Scotch great. The nose is lightly woody and lightly peated, with undertones of nuts. A general, rustic alcohol-vapor vibe tends to linger, however.

Through its moderate body, Tamdhu again shines as an easier malt, offering hazelnuts, dates, raisins, and a deeper orange character, infused with spicy, mulled wine notes. Sedate and malty, it ultimately offers a finish that is at once pleasant, drinkable, and decidedly modest.

86 proof.


Tamdhu 10 Years Old




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. Marco on April 30, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Is the US variant of this bottled at 43% or 40%? Some US sites have it listed as one or the other.

    • Christopher Null on April 30, 2014 at 9:37 pm

      What I reviewed was 86 proof, 43% abv.

    • Marco on April 30, 2014 at 9:47 pm

      Thanks. I did see that your review was for 86 proof/43%. I was just curious since I’ve been seeing both depending on where I go. The majority seem to have it listed at 40%.

  2. Christopher Null on April 30, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Marco – always possible my sample was mislabeled. I’m checking with the distributor.

  3. Christopher Null on May 1, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Marco – Confirmed with the distributor: 86 proof, 43% abv.

  4. mct on December 17, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    A great 10 y/o! Easily slays older and more expensive whiskies such as the Jura and Auchentoshan. Also puts CR Royal Salute to shame

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