Tamdhu Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky has launched an exclusive limited edition malt, the Tamdhu Dalbeallie Dram, at this year’s Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival (3-7 May).
The bottling honours Dalbeallie train station, and the part the Victorian railway played in receiving Tamdhu’s precious sherry oak casks from Spain. Dalbeallie Dram is 100% matured in Oloroso sherry casks from Jerez in Southern Spain, bottled un-chill-filtered at cask strength (62.1% ABV). Only 1,000 individually numbered bottles will be made available of Collectors Journey 01 with future limited edition Dalbeallie Dram Collectors Journey releases planned annually for each Speyside Festival.
Carefully chosen by a team at the distillery, Tamdhu Dalbeallie Dram has notes of blackcurrant jam, mint tea and Bakewell tart on the nose, with sherry oak, cream soda, orange and nutmeg on the palate – then a finish of malt biscuit, dark chocolate and cinnamon. Like every bottle of Tamdhu, the rich natural colour comes from sherry casks alone.
Sandy McIntryre, Tamdhu Distillery Manager, said:
Having a new expression of Tamdhu is always exciting, and launching to guests during the Speyside Whisky Festival makes it all the more special. John Glass, our Master Blender, prepared a selection of drams for the team to nose and sample before we decided what we thought would best compliment the current Tamdhu range. We are absolutely delighted with the end result
Established in 1899, Dalbeallie Station (latterly Knockando Station), which sits next to Tamdhu distillery is a listed building and has been restored over the years to its full splendour – including a ticket office, waiting room and signal box. With finishing touches recently installed, it will host events and tastings at this year’s Spirit of Speyside Festival.
We owe a big thanks to the railway, and I only wish it was still running to return to those splendid days for Tamdhu. I often imagine the signalman in the old signal box on a dark and wintry night, with a blizzard outside, sitting beside the wood burning stove, waiting for the night train to pass – with a hearty dram or two of Tamdhu to warm him up! You can still see the restored signal box with the old hand operated levers if you walk along the platform”, continued Sandy.