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[-]