Tamnavulin Double Cask

Overall rating
78.86/100
votes
498
Whiskybase ID
WB87312
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
19.01.2017
Casktype
American Oak Barrels + Sherry Cask Finish
Casknumber
Batch 0308
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
L7019 17/00120
Barcode
5013967011557
Added on
28 sep 2016 10:28 am by holborndrinker
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Average value

€ 29.85

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Whisky reviews for Tamnavulin Double Cask

58 users have left 61 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 78.86 points.

  1. Koning scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    It's nothing special, a middle of the road Speysider. A higher strength would have allowed it to surpass mediocrity, but hey: it's very friendly priced!
    • Nose
      84 84
      A typical allround Speyside malty nose with citrus fruits, apples, pears and banana. Some malt sugars and a sherried edge with chocolate and raisins. A subtle whiff of smoke. Not bad at all!
    • Taste
      78 78
      A dissapointing follow-up of the lovely nose. It has a thin mouthfeel with apples, citrus fruits, vanilla and cereals. It's a bit green and bitter (wood tannins?) too however.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Recovers a bit with nice fresh notes of peppermint, eucalyptus and mandarins. Some hazelnuts and cacao too.

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  3. Denialtechno scored this whisky 80 points Newbie

    Great entry level whisky, clear hints of sherry, some fruitiness. Always keep a bottle on the shelve!

  4. derschotte scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      78 78

  5. Totoro scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Bit of a raw-ethanol bite in the finish, otherwise absolutely fine considering the low price.
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      76 76

  6. _Dziki_ scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    One of the better bases to start with

  7. VLG scored this whisky 71 points Expert Junior

    71

  8. Svjatogor scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    fruity, sherry, vanilla, sour, nutty, wood, spicy

  9. claymore84 scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 08-24-2022.

  10. schengel10 scored this whisky 71 points Connoisseur

    ...a nice, simple single malt at an absolutely fair price! Not intense and complex, but also no off-flavors - ideal malt to start a nice evening!
    • Nose
      soft, fruity, sweet, honey, spices, vanilla, wood, "youth";
    • Taste
      very fruity, sherry aromas, surprisingly full for 40.0%, sweetness, caramel, (hot) spiciness, spices, also oak;
    • Finish
      quite short finish with pleasant spice and wood;

  11. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    24.07.2022
    • Nose
      A bit of wet cardboard, honey, some raisins, some fermented fruit, nuts
    • Taste
      Cereals, minimal caramel, some cardboard, red currants, old wood

  12. Malthead19 scored this whisky 71 points Connoisseur

    - an average but also very drinkable whisky,
    - arrives at known good standards such as Glenlivet 12
    not ran, but for about 20-25 € you can't complain
    • Nose
      a soft warm fruity first impression, exotic fruits
    • Taste
      soft, fruity attack, develops a little more in the mouth with a stronger spiciness, slight sharpness in the background
    • Finish
      short spicy finish ;
      no aftertaste

  13. Ziggy24 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  14. DistiLesha scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    Not as intense, but very pleasant for the price.
    There is a suspicion that the fuselage is badly seasoned.
    21 19 18 18
    • Nose
      There are no extra notes, everything is as if according to notes, almost like Macallan 12 sherry, chocolate, there is sulfur, lacqueriness and prunes, light lacqueriness.
      Not as intense, but very pleasant for the price.
    • Taste
      Much more disorganized than the aroma, alcoholic, bitter and sour, though not devoid of fruity sweetness, very watery, simple but not devoid of structure, rather sweet.
      Sweetness 6 out of 10.
    • Finish
      Sour and parquet, with anticipation, bitterness begins to settle with some kind of opposition.

  15. kikist scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Great value for money
    • Nose
      80 80
      Alcohol, pears, eggs, walnuts
    • Taste
      78 78
      Alcohol, oak, vanilla
    • Finish
      80 80
      figs, red fruit, light pepper, weed

  16. zzqfyl scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

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

  17. Comet67 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

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

  18. DillaDonut1 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  19. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    23.09.2021
    • Nose
      Apple, honey, a little caramel, cherry chewing gum, strawberry jam, a few spices, very light wood, all in all quite sweet
    • Taste
      Apple, cherry, strawberry jam, caramel,

  20. AleksiM scored this whisky 73 points Member Senior

    Not a good whisky for me.
    • Nose
      76 76
      Some raisins and chocolate. A lot of alcohol coming through though. Initial reaction is telling one about a very young whisky.
    • Taste
      71 71
      Oak, a tiny hint of yellow fruits, alcohol. Initial reaction seems to hold.
    • Finish
      73 73
      A flat alcoholic finish with a touch of cocoa.

  21. thepyn scored this whisky 70 points Expert Junior

    Flat, alcoholic and bitter. The nose is the best part of this.

  22. aw-home scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
      Floral notes with apples, citrus fruits, honey and marzipan.
    • Taste
      78 78
      Floral notes with aromas of wine, honey, pears, citrus and marzipan.
    • Finish
      78 78
      Medium length with honey, floral notes and citrus fruits.

  23. Matthias80 scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    The combination of slight off-notes, the rather weak body and the fact that I think I taste anise, which I personally don't like, depress the rating. However, the malt does not want to be a top-quality whisky either, it is an entry-level malt.
    • Nose
      Vanilla, fruity, bites your nose, maybe some aniseed
    • Taste
      Medium to thin body, sweet, vanilla, anise and light citrus notes
    • Finish
      Very slightly spicy missing note

  24. riegerjonas scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    2021-07-12
    • Nose
      nutty, dark fruit, red apple
    • Taste
      oaky-peppery, orange sweetness, apple sweetness, a bit bitter
    • Finish
      persistent bitterness

  25. The_Osprey scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Tamnavulin Double Cask 40%.

    Had a huge triple pour of this! Consumed Dec 2020.

    Aroma is banana split, very creamy, faint pineapple and subtle tired oak. The furriness is reined in and the dominant vibes are cream and pineapple. Not bad.

    Taste is restrained, lots up-front but no finish to speak of. Spicy, milky, watery, creamy delivery at the front of the mouth with nothing at the back. Doesn't deliver on the back of the tongue. Nevertheless it's a good clean whisky. Solid at the price. Watery on the alcohol but spicy on the spirit character and oak. Certainly mature on the whole yet some estery spirit.

    It's really not bad. An entirely respectable effort at the price. Perfectly fine, spicy, chuggable whisky that grew and grew on me 3.35/80

  26. erizo scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    An honest, simple, drinkable whisky.
    For the price called, it is good value for money in my opinion.
    You shouldn't expect any complexity here.

  27. teddyjr scored this whisky 86 points Newbie

    Extremely enjoyable, especially for the price.

  28. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Not bad, some nice fruit notes, abv. at a legal minimum, E150a added... but ultimately forgettable and pale in comparison to the competition, unfortunately. To misquote Welsh author Dylan Thomas: Tamnavulin is the graveyard of ambition.

  29. hafssol scored this whisky 68 points Expert Junior

    Creamy and slightly bitter, with a clear wood taste. Cheap price but worth for it.

  30. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    A light, sweet, malty whisky. The sherry barrel didn't have much to say. Overall rather young and sometimes a bit alcoholic. The PLV is adequate if you can get it for around 20 euros, 30 euros is too much. But a whisky that you don't think about much and that you don't necessarily have to have in your glass.

  31. fnk did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

  32. MY MALTS scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    At the beginning a little smoky cardboard and paste ...
    Gradual rise in sweetness but discreet ...
    Let's see how it develops ...
    12/15/20
    Well, a good month after opening ...
    the sherry sweetness comes into its own ...
    the smoke has gone and the paste turned into marzipan notes ...
    I imagine that the added oxygen in the bottle has developed its effect ...

  33. Falang scored this whisky 69 points Expert Senior

    Great drink - perfect product. Nothing special here - a true crowd pleaser. The nose is better then the taste - something fresh and amaretto like in the smell with nuts and a hint of sherry. The mouth feeling is good but the flavour is rather flat - the Tamnavulin is a pleaser with honey and chocolate (maybe some marsepein).
    • Nose
      75 75
      Fresh and amaretto like with nuts, vanilla and a hint of sherry. Great nose.
    • Taste
      72 72
      The taste is ok: but a bit watery... Sweet! This is really a no brainer: a basic ok whisky with marsepein and milk-chocolate, vanilla. Gentle.
    • Finish
      60 60
      Finish is nice, a tiny bit sour... Aftertaste is rather dry. Maybe some apricots in the back… Overal good but very very short.

  34. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      71 71

  35. WhiskyBjorn83 scored this whisky 64 points Expert Senior

    21-08-2020
    • Nose
      63 63
      oak, sherry, Vanille
    • Taste
      65 65
      oak, sherry, Vanille
    • Finish
      64 64
      oak, sherry, Vanille

  36. ezioaudit scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

  37. robbert88 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The whisky has a gold color and has 40% alcohol.

    On the nose, this whisky reminds me first of apples. Delicious sweet apples. Furthermore, clear honey, toffee, biscuits and marzipan. Really a delicious sweet whisky that you can still smell!

    In terms of taste tasty pears and chocolate mouse! Slight spiciness which continues to a pungent pepper in the aftertaste. Wonderfully sweet and soft and there is also something refreshing in it. I think I can get ginger and citrus out of it.

    In the aftertaste, therefore, a stimulating pepper that warms you for a long time.

  38. JNuyts scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      75 75

  39. BasH_75 scored this whisky 78 points Member Senior

    Apple, toffe honey clearly noticable. Nose promises a bit more than taste delivers
    • Nose
      81 81
      Apple, toffe honey clearly
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      77 77

  40. bendonatz scored this whisky 99 points Expert Senior

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

  41. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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

  44. Dris scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

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

  45. markjedi1 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    Apple

    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.

  46. Rien scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

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

  47. 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.

  48. ctu scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Single malt under € 20?! It's not a big boom, but it's fair for that price.
    • Nose
      Unripe apple, mandarin, spicy oak, marzipan and vanilla.
    • Taste
      Thin but creamy. Fruits, honey, Cointreau and burnt caramel.
    • Finish
      Medium length, sweet, spicy.

  49. Dre73 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    After a nice and fresh nose, this whisky disappoints in the body and finish. It appeared to be a little bit above average step-in whisky, but the body is pretty weak.
    Not bad, but really nothing special here.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Fruity, oranges, pear, a little bit of glue, sweet, vanilla, fresh apples as well.
    • Taste
      77 77
      Wow, this is disappointing. As fruity as it smells, the body suddenly is very weak and pale, watery mouthfeel. Some sweet, oranges, some honey and vanilla. It more and more turns into a cheap blend.
    • Finish
      78 78
      A little pungent now, again pretty pale, sweet, honey, and a very slight hint of drop. Pretty short.

  50. cask9220 scored this whisky 60 points Member Junior

    No, no, no .... Disappointment. Too light. Burnt taste. Design of the bottle is the only positive of this whisky.

  51. Stevon Marsh scored this whisky 76 points Newbie

    Nose

    76

    very gentle, but a little simple.
    Brush of apple.
    Sherry influence not noticable but caramel notes?


    Taste



    A bit steady and watery mouthfeel.

    Fruit note comes through

    Finish

    Dry but smooth

  52. 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.

  53. YuraLM scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Rounded, pleasant, well balanced.
    • Nose
      Smoke, sweet, soft notes. Red fruits, appricot, marcipan, Sicilyan orange
    • Taste
      Smoky, a little bit of melted melon, candied fruits, raisins, caramel
    • Finish
      Long lasting, citrus, caramel, toffee

  54. karloff scored this whisky 45 points Specialist

    • Nose
      48 48
    • Taste
      43 43
    • Finish
      41 41

  55. 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.

  56. Fight65 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

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

  57. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Enthusiasm Nose and Mouth 3/5 Final 2/5
    A single malt that does not break 3 legs to a duck but whose strong point is the texture, the reduction is very well mastered. Whisky n ° 1605
    • Nose
      Light and fresh initially, it gives banana and some dried fruits (a combination that is very reminiscent of Armorik Sherry Cask). The nose gets a little cup with the opening.
    • Taste
      Not very spicy but creamy, we have some hazelnuts and a hint of coconut. Very beautiful texture for a 40%!
    • Finish
      Quite short with some spices

  58. holborndrinker scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    The sherry influence predominates - light and typical of the Speyside style.  Very pleasant.
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  59. jankes scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

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

  60. maltaholic scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    He is drinkable, but he is not a high flyer.
    • Nose
      He stands here for a while and smells wonderfully to himself. Closer to the point there is a slight sherry aroma paired with some glue. I give him some time ... The sherry vanishes, the oak stands out.
    • Taste
      In the taste light and very pleasant. Seasoning and wood, I hardly notice the sherry from the second barrel. Licorice, slightly bitter substances.
    • Finish
      In the aftermath rather limited, not very long.

  61. maltaholic scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      77 77

  62. Rick78 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

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