Tamdhu Dalbeallie Dram

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Collector's Journey 01
Number of bottles
62.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Speyside Festival
sc Scotland
Added on
02 may 2018 2:08 pm by Dominique69
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 353.34

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67 × member ratings

199 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Tamdhu Dalbeallie Dram

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.87 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2018]  After some rather old samples I am in the mood to try a very recent and modern-style dram now - and I remember a conversation with both the old and the new distillery manager of Tamdhu some years ago.  They explained that the new owner plans to re-establish the old image of Tamdhu as a predominantly sherried malt and when I discovered this new Speyside Festival release I thought this is a good chance to check if they are on the right track to do so.

    Congratulations to the Tamdhu team for an excellent cask selection and one of the best modern-style sherried whiskies I tried for years.  As a drinker I would not trade one bottle of this Tamdhu for three bottles of modern sherried Macallan or the like...

    By the way, there are still bottles available at the distillery online shop for 90 GBP.
    • Nose
      90 90
      The colour is auburn and the texture shows a sticky ring that refuses to build tears for a long time (a fine oiliness!). The most important thing first: There is not a single trace of sulphur neither in the nose nor on the palate, hats off to such a careful cask selection! This alone is a great achievement these days, sadly... The nose offers a fine and bold (most customers demand boldness in their dram nowadays, unfortunately) modern sherry profile with a great mixture of american, european and caucasian wood characteristics - an interesting selection of casks, indeed! This makes the nose very interesting to explore and much more complex than just the "mono-line" bottlings of other (former famous) sherried malts (no, I do not mention Macallan here...). Still I like old school sherried drams more but this is really good according to my olfactory cells.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste is multi-layered as is the nose on a lot of different sherry-induced flavours, actually all of them. The balance is quite nice and there is no flaw or off-note that I can find. Water releases more aromas and flavours both in the nose and on the palate, among them an astonishingly bold prune flavour (I like this!). It turns the reduced dram more approachable and quaffable but I like the power of the neat dram too. Actually, I like it both neat and reduced to the usual drinking strength of around 43-46% abv.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The whisky arrives a little hot (no wonder at 62.1% abv) and immediately coating in the mouth with no distracting moments, I like that! The fine oiliness converts into a pleasant mouthfeel (and I expect a long finish, too). The finish is (as expected from the oiliness) long and like so often with sherried drams more chocolatey and nutty. Again no distracting moments like bitter-drying-astringent ones.

  2. Calmar scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    An excellent example of sherry aging, complex composition, impressive palette width, wonderful aroma, taste / finish slightly lagging behind, generally requires a calm and attentive approach.
    • Nose
      Discreet, dry, rich wood tones, old furniture varnish, old leather goods, pipe tobacco, homemade marshmallows, dried apples and pears, prunes, raisins, roasted nuts, light mineral and industrial shades, fruit jam, caramel, light earthy motifs, fried vegetables and meat, a very wide palette, requires some preparation from the taster.
    • Taste
      Intense, bright, dry woody lacquer notes, pipe tobacco, prunes, pu-erh, raisins, tart mineral tones, burnt rusks, stout, burnt caramel, cola, baklava, some dirty industrial shades, black pepper.
    • Finish
      Spicy, warming, woody tobacco, dry, old leather goods, prunes, pu-erh, nuts, coffee with sourness, in the development of a little creamy sweetness, cola and metallic sourness.

  3. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    More about this and that on MALT review: https://malt-review.com/2018/05/07/tamdhu-single-cask-distillery-team-edition-dalbeallie-dram/

  4. Foudos scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. The Macallan scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  6. ezioaudit scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

  7. robain scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. Roland7 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Milk chocolate, apple jam, barberry, red berry jam, compote, bay leaf. Sweet, berry, but too scratchy!

  9. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Pronounced Dal-Be-Alley, this one’s divided opinion: SW90, WF77 and MR4/10.

    C: This sweet/pongy/husky/nutty supercharged sherried cask-dominant malt may be tasty to many, but it’s a struggle for the distillate and nigh-on impossible to discern any distillery character.

  10. Tano77 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  11. Tano77 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior


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