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Overall rating
90.84/100
votes
47
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
The MacPhail's Collection
Vintage
1962
Bottled
2006
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
23 Aug 2008 10:57 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 511,00

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47 × member ratings

26 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Tamdhu 1962 GM

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.84 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2018]  Another little ritual:  The first dram in a year always should be distilled before I was born (to honour our whisky-ancestors).  This time I selected a dark sherry Tamdhu from 1962 that was bottled in 2006.  I bought this bottle for 129 Euro in October, 2007.

    A superb and perfect matured old style sherry dram that (most probably) will never ever be reproduced again.  These casks contained the finest oloroso sherry for years before they were shipped to Scotland - that is why the oak is not too heavy (the wine took its share) but the sherry is bold and rich (the wine left its share).  Today it is the other way around because people do not drink sherry anymore but much more whisky instead (hence the casks are filled with sherry for a few months only to "produce" as many sherry casks as possible.  By the way, the sherry goes down the drain afterwards as no one buys such huge quantities of sherry or vinegar these days)...
    • Nose
      94 94
      The colour is brown sherry and the texture shows just a sticky ring at the top of the glass that very slowly build fat, sticky tears (what a great oiliness!). The nose is all about an absolutely adorable old style oloroso sherry profile with all sherry-induced aromas one can think of and a beautiful OBF aroma (glue). The wood is not too heavy neither in the nose nor on the palate.
    • Taste
      93 93
      The taste is multi-layered on old style oloroso flavours, spices, appropriate wooden notes and a chewable fruity-sugary sweetness. Quite complex with no flaw that I can find. Water releases much more aromas in the nose and on the palate without getting bitter (as so many other heavy sherried drams) so actually I like it better when a little reduced (I accept that the power of the dram is reduced, too). But be careful and do not add to much of it - it never gets bitter but it flattens quickly.
    • Finish
      92 92
      The dram arrives instantly coating and nicely warming in the mouth with no distracting moments despite the 44 years of maturation. The finish is long and more spicy (peppers, ginger) what nicely peps up this dram towards the end. A minor drying feeling (papers) at the very end that is not distracting at all.

  2. dram-drinker scored this whisky 92 points Moderator

    Good ol' classic sherry whisky - very good
    • Nose
      92 92
      Old, dusty sherry wood, old wooden cabinet, old books - did I already mention old so far? Toffee, hints of raisins, nutmeg, whiffs of a leather couch - very good
    • Taste
      93 93
      Mellow, little spicy, more toffee, more old sherry wood, subtle sweetness, little coffee, dark chocolate, tobacco - great
    • Finish
      91 91
      Medium long, warm, toffee, little more woody

  3. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Part of a vintage tasting.
    Superb and exceptional quality. There is such a sophisticated balance between spirit, wood, maturation and the old style whisky. Multidimensional. On the nose quite a lot of sherry but taste an finish wise this is truly outstanding! Rich, full flavored, mild spices, red fruits, woodspice, harmony, balance. I need superlatives to describe it.
    Finish goes on and on. Sticky to the palate.

    This proves whisky made in the early days was made to be good and to be enjoyed. Nowadays it’s made because there’s a lot of potential money to be made.

  4. RobbievdBrink scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Couldn’t agree more with hs305 on this.

    Perfectly balanced oldschool sherried whisky. They don’t deliver this quality nowadays anymore. This Tamdhu blows your mind with a perfect integration of flavors; sweets, fruits, spices, leather, old wood and more. So much more. Easily sits in my top 10 best whiskies ever tasted.

  5. Hvdree scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. Dirk scored this whisky 91 points Super Administrator

    Berries all over ;-) I like this a lot, sweet, juicy, creamy on chocolate and berries. A Belgium chocolate bonbon filled with stewed and sweet berries. Nice one!
    • Nose
      92 92
      Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries. Thick honey glazed pears. Some touch of leather and chocolate but mostly dark stewed and dried fruits. Nice, nice! A menthol or pine element, some wood. Oh the layers go on!
    • Taste
      91 91
      Same as the nose: blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, pears. Creamy chocolate, figs. Mouth watering juicy sherry influences.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Chocolate, Belgium bonbons, slightly drying but lingering for more of this fine Tamdhu. Just a hint of oak which works nicely but gives the somewhat drying touch.

  7. RL_whisky scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. ARDBERG scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Fantastic old school sherry nose. The initial taste loses me a bit due to it's bitter woody style. The body is fat sherry wine style in the best of ways leaving a dense and intense finish on the tongue. Chew it for a looooong time! This beams you to an olde english club with heavy leather chairs, big wooden tables and the tick-tocking clock on the wall or mantelpiece and to the sound of newspapers being turned and a dram being sipped. Magic;-)from a 2cl sample
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      93 93

  9. ctu scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Wonderful maturiing and a great balance, but a bit thin for me. 90/91.
    • Nose
      Big sherry and matured oak. Dried fruits, raisin, antique leather, pepper and ginger.
    • Taste
      Creamy. Sherry and slightly bitter tannic oak. Mixed fruit jam. Pepper and nutmeg. Vibrant acids.
    • Finish
      Long, spicy, oaky.

  10. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      92 92

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