Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
20 years old
Sherry Wood
46.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Bottled for
Moon Import s.a.s
Added on
28 Sep 2016 10:34 am

Average value

€ 5155.00

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45 × member ratings

23 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Tamnavulin 20-year-old

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

  1. sagara-kun scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Superb, no defects.
    Tasted for the second time a sample of a freshly opened bottle. Always so fantastic. 1 point more than the first tasting.
    • Nose
      Camphor red fruits. Superb balance. Leather, cherry, strawberry, currant. Wood.
    • Taste
      In superb mouth. Red fruits. Light leather. Noble wood. Sherry. Leather. Light under wood. Raw almonds.
    • Finish
      Sweet and long finish on sherry, fruit, a little caramel and nuts.

  2. wisekycourse scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    a distill of the time of 75 cl.
    • Nose
      fine sherry, soaked but soft wood,
      dirty leather, cooked fruit,
      malt, crushed walnut, a little rancid, moldy
    • Taste
      strong, peppery spices put forward
      woody strong, cut boards, with its dust
      fruits on grapes, cherries, cooked orange,
      leather on the sleeves of an armchair
    • Finish
      sherry with strong wood, leather, a little vanilla at the end and a very fine sherry!

  3. sagara-kun scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Sublime nose. A little softer in the mouth.
    Perfect example of "old style".
    • Nose
      91 91
      Sublime and delicate nose. Perfect balance.
      The fruit wrapped par excellence.
      We feel slightly the time spent in bottle.
      The fruits open as and when. Just like a touch of camphor.
    • Taste
      91 91
      In the mouth it is quite light. A little watery.
      But the fruits are still there, shining and wrapped in camphor.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Final moderately long.
      Fresh and sweet, fruity, camphorated. A little metallic and dusty.

  4. lincolnimp did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    This whisky was distilled in 1966.

  5. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


    An Italian import. Casks: Sherry wood. Colour: prune juice/old cognacs. Legs: super-tacky.

    N1: No sherry bomb in the modern [2010s] sense, given the likely bottle ageing/softening, likely refill-cask use and style of the day - this is distillate from around the 1960's. Bottled at 46% however, this Tamnavulin has certainly retained its vibrancy. Given just how reminiscent it is of old cognacs=armagnacs of the same period, i can only conclude that French oak must have been in predominant use here. In the main, beautifully integrated grapey/sherry-oaked nose with a herbal, linseed-oil, wood-shaving nuttiness. Undercurrent notes include hints of vanilla, sweet beets, fig, pickled gherkins, wet ivy, roast potatoes! Think ill move along to the Coleburn & Convalmore first and come back to this more dessert-style dram.
    N2: Im back! After the C & C, this old sherried Speysider appears even more old-skool Armagnac-y than before. Think Dupeyron, Darroze, Martell, Courvoisier - a blend of. So, an old [& old-style], grape-base spirit aged in [French] oak, all of it seemingly coming from the casks. Not sure much of the spirit is getting a look in. 
    T: Same story. Soft aromatic-spiced prune juice blended with Cognac & Armagnac. There is a faint maltiness underneath but you have to go looking. Mouthfeel is wonderfully squidgy-dry.
    F: More squidgy-dry with boot polish, oiled old leather, cherry brandy, more grapey, sherried oaky stuff and tannins.
    C: Cricket is a game of bat & ball, and whilst no-one wants to see a one-sided competition, this game was still rather good. Whilst us malt-heads look for malternatives, heres a cogna/armagna-ternative.Scores a B[-]

  6. checkpointuk scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2014/alter-schwarzer-tamnavulin-von-seiner-besten-seite-33509/ Color: chestnut / rust red
    Nose: notes of shoe polish and leather immediately rise in the glass. In addition, old sherry, walnut, wax and old furniture polish. Followed by dried plums, vanilla, caramel, toffee, chocolate and sparkling, coarse sea salt. A plum sherry punch, enriched in a perfect, old sherry barrel. Class!
    Taste: Old furniture and delicious sherry, spicy-salty with dry leather, orange peel, caramel and some wood. Powerful aroma development (for 46%) with a nice minerality. Cocoa, cinnamon, herbs and ever-drier wood flavors complete the taste.
    Finish: Long, with notes of leather, polish, wax, oak boards and some cork. But orange liqueur and caramel, vanilla flavors, a little nut and almonds are at the end with it (old flavor with old oak wood)!
    91 points (nose: 92 / taste: 91 / finish: 90)

  7. magic_slim scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    If you ever get a chance to buy a bottle of this one - do it ! I was only able to receive a sample on the Munich Whisky & Bar Festival 2009.

    Tamnavulin is a largely underestimated distillery, because it produces cheap whisky for no name labels sold in supermarkets. I never tried them but the 10 and 12 year old expressions must be quite bad as well.
    On the other hand some of the old bottlings, especially sherry casked ones, are great and this is not limited to the famous 1966 cream sherry butt 3807, which got an average rating of 92 points by the Malt Maniacs.
    • Nose
      Surprisingly light and no sherry monster, like the colour would suggest. Nevertheless you can smell some sherry and nuts, fruit (Mirabelle) and Mon Chéri
    • Taste
      Again surprisingly light and dry. Very intensive chocolate and even more cacao taste. A "cacao monster." Hints of cinnamon. Lovely !!!
    • Finish
      Medium long. Mon Chéri.


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