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.