Tamdhu 17-year-old CA

Overall rating
89.37/100
votes
24
Whiskybase ID
WB19956
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead's (CA)
Bottling serie
Dumpy Bottle
Stated Age
17 years old
Strength
80 (proof)
Size
757 ml
Label
26²/³ Fl. Ozs.
Added on
16 dec 2010 4:02 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 1100.00

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24 × member ratings

19 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Tamdhu 17-year-old CA

6 users have left 8 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.37 points.

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Pretty good, if it was sweeter it would get over 90 points average, another old school Cadenhead dumpy
    • Nose
      88 88
      Very nice, the usual old Cadenhead white fruits, slightly grassy, flower stems, warm bread and hints of white pepper
    • Taste
      89 89
      Very nice, the usual old Cadenhead white fruits, slightly grassy, flower stems, warm bread and hints of white pepper.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Good length with lingering spice and drying

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  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Cadenhead dumpy 1957-1968 x 13 + Authentic/Original 1964-1966 x 3
    16 in total

    Apologies this post is a bit long

    Tasting order as follows :-

    Ardmore 1965 22 year 46% WB 14358
    Caperdonich 1965 14 year 45.7% WB 16642
    Coleburn +/- 1966 13 year 46% WB 20094
    Convalmore +/- 1961 21 yr 46% mini same as dumpy 1961/83 for the US market WB 120312
    Glenlochy 1967 20 year 46% WB 31933
    Glenrothes 1957 22 year 45.7% WB 12577
    Glenugie 1959 18 year 80 proof WB 15173
    Inchgower 1959 17 year 80 proof WB 27093
    Isle of Jura 1966 18 year 46% WB 66289
    Macduff 1964 13 year 80 proof WB 98570
    Scapa 1965 15 year 46% WB 30837
    St Magdalene 1964 15 year 45.7% WB 29551
    Tamdhu 17 year +/- 1960 80 proof WB 19956
    Dailuaine 1966 27 year 45.7% Original Collection WB 7303
    Glen Albyn 1964 27 year 51.4% Authentic 150th Anniversary Bottling WB 26610
    Dufftown 1966 28 year 52.5% Authentic Collection
    WB 15014

    This was a mammoth tasting on so many levels 13 Cadenhead dumpy 1957-1968 and then an Original Collection and two Authentic Collection 1964/66/66 respectively so 16 in total. The Glen Albyn & Dufftown were last as they were cask strength but the others were all labelled 45.7%/46%/80 proof.
    This tasting took a long time to do, with plenty of water between , breaks and some food.

    Our of the 16 there was only one that was found wanting and that was the St Magdalene, with the first place honours a shoot-out between the Convaalmore 21 year, Jura 66 dumpy and the 1964 Glen Albyn tall bottle.
    The 1st place shoot out was carried out the next day (today) and the winner was the Glen Albyn by a nose, I know it was higher strength but is also had more depth of profile and a lovely orange marmalade note, almost a 93 point average

    I have had Cadenhead dumpy before, full bottles and samples but what is clear from this tasting is that the type of liquid in these bottles is not made anymore, they are the proverbial `Old School` bottles, slightly austere at times but sharper and crisper on the palate than today’s manufactured drams with massive sherry.
    I would only describe the Glen Albyn, Dufftown &Glenrothes as an obviously sherried whisky, I believe they all will be but in a blind tasting you certainly would not.

    What I found fascinating was that many of them had very similar notes on the nose and the palate, a grassy/cereal note was a common thread and also grapefruit on the palate or so it seemed. I wondered if this could be down to the type of barley used and coal fired stills who knows but actually when you think about it in the 1950’s & 1960’s nearly all of this whisky would have gone into blends, and nearly all these whiskies are from the Speyside area.
    There were so many similarities on show it was a real eye opener, another was a slight menthol note in a few of them.

    It is really hard to put these in order as I said, there were many similarities so the scores were similarly very close.

    Here is my attempt at putting these 16 whiskies in some sort of pecking order
    Here is the result with average total points score and them marks for nose/palate/finish
    1st-16th place

    Glen Albyn 1964 27 year 51.4% Authentic 150th Anniversary Bottling 92+p
    Convalmore +/- 1961 21 year 46% (miniature) same as dumpy 1961/83 for the US market 92p
    Isle of Jura 1966 18 year 46% 92p
    Dufftown 1966 28 year 52.5% Authentic Collection 92
    Dailuaine 1966 27 year 45.7% Original Collection 92p 91/92/92
    Macduff 1964 13 year 80 proof 92p
    Glenrothes 1957 22 year 45.7% 91p
    Caperdonich 1965 14 year 45.7% 91p
    Inchgower 1959 17 year 80 proof 90p
    Glenugie 1959 18 year 80 proof 90p
    Ardmore 1965 22 year 46% 89p
    Tamdhu 17 year +/- 1960 80 proof 89p
    Scapa 1965 15 year 46% 89p
    Coleburn +/- 1966 13 year 46% 89p
    Glenlochy 1967 20 year 46% 87p
    St Magdalene 1964 15 year 45.7% 86p

  4. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
      Beautiful aromas. Soft, ethereal. Yellow fruits, floral honey.
    • Taste
      86 86
      A distinct drop off with the taste. Celery, cilantro, along with some of the aforementioned sweetness. Straws. Unsweetened grass jelly.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Slightly bitter and flat now, with a lingering plainness.

  5. dram-drinker scored this whisky 88 points Photo Moderator

    Pretty drinkable
    • Nose
      89 89
      Dry hay, little citric, cigar tobacco, hints of honeydew, little fruity and some OBE
    • Taste
      88 88
      Little punchy, little sweetness, more cigars,little fruitiness
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium long, warm

  6. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Nice obe very fruity and waxy a very subtle dram

  7. MaltMartin scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    What a fantastic dram is this! Subtle and fragile. Bottled in 1977, so this whisky is distilled around 1960. One of the last labels with the historic location at 47 Netherkirkgate, Aberdeen. Cadenhead moved their office in 1977 to 18 Golden Square in Aberdeen, then finally to Campbeltown. Up till September 1977, labels on these dumpy's indicated alcohol % and volume in proof and FL.OZ.
    • Nose
      Gentle waxiness intermingled with fruity notes of juicy pear, papaya and sweet melon. Paraffin and hints of cut grass. Also mineral associations of wet stones and chalk later on. Delicious old-skool nose common in Cadenhead dumpy bottlings.
    • Taste
      Now more on yellow apples, lychees and citrus fruit (lemon and lime). Sweet barely. Subtle hints of clover-honey and vanilla. Fresh cedar wood and aniseed. Some pine and mint of the background. Superb silky mouth coating texture. There is a lot to discover in this multi-layered whisky.
    • Finish
      Medium long and dry. White pepper and a little clove. Beautiful balanced and complex whisky.

  8. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2004]  Together with friends I emptied one of two bottles that I bought for 200 Euro each in September, 2004.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 90.  My notes state a delicate and very quaffable dram...

  9. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2008]  I had this dram during a FoSM club tasting.  I bought this bottle for 200 Euro in September, 2004.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 90.  Unfortunately my detailed notes were lost.

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