Since its completion in 1899, Dalbeallie Station played a pivotal role in bringing Tamdhu’s precious sherry oak casks from Spain to Speyside for almost a century, until its closure in 1965. In recent years, Tamdhu has restored the station to its full splendour, including the waiting room and signal box, making it now a beloved landmark for walkers on the Speyside Way and the perfect setting to host events and visitors from all over the world.
Dalbeallie Dram 003 is individually numbered and bottled at cask strength 60.7% ABV, non-chillfiltered and, like every bottle of Tamdhu, is natural colour. True to the brand’s production of “only the best” sherry cask matured whisky, it has been matured in European and American Oak Oloroso sherry seasoned casks from the cooperages and bodegas of Jerez, Spain.
It is balanced and creamy, with hints of banana and lime, toasted marshmallow and spiced bread and butter pudding on the nose. The mouthfeel is luxurious, thick and syrupy on the palate, oozing with vanilla, dried fruits and soft spice, with gentle waves of oak. And building sherry notes join with the oak and sweet liquorice to give Dalbeallie Dram 003 a velvety and pleasingly dry finish.
Traditionally, we reveal the latest in our Collector’s Journey range at the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, but organisers were forced to cancel this year’s event due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19. So, to make up for the cancellation and to thank fans for their ongoing support, we decided to give would-be attendees and Tamdhu Club members exclusive, pre-sale access to buy their bottle of Dalbeallie Dram 003 ahead of general release.
Sandy McIntryre, Tamdhu Distillery Manager, said: “We’re thrilled to be launching our third exclusive, limited edition Dalbeallie Dram - an exceptional toast to an important part of Tamdhu’s history. Dalbeallie Station holds a special place in the hearts of everyone at Tamdhu and these Drams are our special way of honouring its legacy.
“Dalbeallie Dram 003 joins the popular Dram 002, which we launched at last year’s Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, and 2018’s start of the Collector’s Journey, the Dalbeallie Dram. Each has been carefully chosen by our distillery team and we’re extremely proud of this latest addition to the series.”
Only 1,000 bottles of Tamdhu Dalbeallie Dram 003 will be available to purchase from today as an online exclusive from our shop at RRP £90.00 per 70cl bottle (60.7% ABV).
The release coincides with the launch of our limited-edition Iain Whitecross Single Cask Vintage 2003 expression, specially selected for bottling by our Assistant Distillery Manager, Iain Whitecross and comes shortly after we enjoyed further success at the World Whiskies Awards 2020 finals. Our Speyside distillery scooped the top prize for ‘World’s Best Single Cask, Single Malt’ with our Distillery Manager’s Single Cask bottling and Dalbeallie 002 won Single Malt (Scotch Speyside) – No Age Statement – Gold.
To help keep spirits high during these difficult times, we have also been inviting whisky fans to join unique tasting livestreams, with Sandy and Global Brand Ambassador, Gordon Dundas. The distillery has also been donating £1 from the sale of each bottle purchased from our shop (all other IMD websites) to the Drinks Trust and the Ben to help their mission of providing care and support to our hospitality colleagues.