Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
American Oak Barrels + Sherry Cask Finish
Batch 308
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
L7019 17/00120
Added on
28 Sep 2016 10:28 am by holborndrinker

Average value

€ 31,73

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144 × member ratings

466 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Tamnavulin Double Cask

23 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 79.57 points

  1. karloff scored this whisky 45 points Specialist

    This is the first Tamnavulin single malt wildly  available to the public for a long time and it's poor. Sign of the times and it's a shame. 
    • Nose
      A bit nutty at first then brown wrapping paper. Keeping to the brown theme, brown ale.

      There are some fruit notes but i get melon, tinned peach and ripe red apple. The nose isn't great and it's making me work to find things. Is this a tell tale sign.
    • Taste
      Yeah just as i suspected, the taste isn't great either. in fact if someone gave me this blind, i would swear it was a blend and not a great one at that. The fruit notes are a bit stewed this time but over stewed and a few days old. It feels like i have popped an old battery in my mouth. How do i now what that tastes like? Probably did it when i was a kid.
    • Finish
      The finish is short bland and bitter with some nuttiness on the death.

  2. bendonatz scored this whisky 99 points Member Senior

    N: Dark Fruit and sweet
    T: Full and Honey
    F: Long, sweet and very tasty

  3. branneman scored this whisky 76 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
      Strong apple, brown sugar, some caramel
    • Taste
      73 73
      Chocolate all over the place, but it's a bit watery
    • Finish
      76 76
      Chocolate again, rum. Medium long

  4. peatbogger scored this whisky 70 points Specialist

    Considered buying this. Thanks to karloff for the sample and the savings of a full bottle.
    • Nose
      76 76
      Sweet and very gentle, but also a little simple.
      Mandarin and some apple.
      Sherry influence is noticable but very vague.
      Burnt sugar/caramel?
      It gives the impression of an engineered Speyside NAS.
      Like they've tried to copy Glen Grant Major's Reserve.
    • Taste
      70 70
      A bit thin and watery mouthfeel.
      Again I get the feeling of something burnt.
      Fruit, but it's more of a mashed mixed pulp than any particular striking note.
    • Finish
      64 64
      Dry, bitter and futile. And twice the lenght would still have been short. But, yes, there are a few hazel nuts hanging on the sudden death.

  5. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Unexpectedly pleasant and delicious whisky. Simple, summer, sweet and easy to drink.
    • Nose
      Pleasant, berry, fruity, with a slight bias in sherry shades, with a touch of dark chocolate.
    • Taste
      Prunes, cherries, caramel, milk chocolate, tannins.
    • Finish
      Medium in duration, with notes of dried fruit, dark chocolate and walnut.

  6. thijs100 scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    A great example of average whisky, which is actually about as much as you can expect for a whisky that's around 20 quid.
    • Nose
      Sweet notes like honey, orange liqueur and caramel glazed red apple, but with a hint of pilsner, and a slight nuttiness. There's a whiff of oat cakes as well.
    • Taste
      Something sweet (oranges), something spicy (ginger, pepper), a slight bitterness. Pedestrian and uninspiring.
    • Finish
      Lingering bitterness, followed by cherries.

  7. Dris scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      78 78

  8. markjedi1 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur


    Tamnavulin is still owned by Whyte & Mackay, but was only recently relaunched as a single malt. 2016, I believe. Before that, you hardly found any because the company focused on Isle of Jura and – to lesser extent – Fettercairn. One of the first new releases was this Double Cask which, as the name suggests, matured on two types of cask. First a regular maturation on American barrels and then a finish on sherry casks. It is bottled at 40% as it is meant as an entry level malt.

    The nose is pleasant, but light. A tad too soft to be outspoken. Mostly apple with some vanilla, caramel and a touch of mandarin in the back. Very, very light indeed.

    The arrival is equally soft and almost watery. This ‘little’ malt offers again some apples and mandarin, joined by some honey and a small bitterness from the wood. But truly not much going on here.

    The finish is fairly short, mildly drying and… oh, well, just boring on some hazelnuts, mandarin and wood.

    Apart from the nose, this is a bit of a letdown. No better or worse than a good blend. At 30 EUR, however, it’s a nice introduction to the brand. But it will not rock your boat.

  9. Rien scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

  10. BenNevis scored this whisky 64 points Expert Senior

    I was looking forward to trying this and I wanted to like it but I have to say I really don't like it.
    The nose way ok
    Taste, all I get is Malt Vinegar. And its the same on the finish, All I get is vinegar and its horrible.


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