Tuesday, April 23, 2019


Ian Macleod Distillers, has today announced the launch of a new limited-edition single cask expression, from its Tamdhu single malt Scotch whisky brand.

Tamdhu Distillery Manager’s Single Cask vintage - 2003 (56,2% ABV) which was matured in a first fill American oak sherry butt for 15 years, was chosen for bottling by Distillery Manager Sandy McIntyre.

Tamdhu Distillery Manager's Single Cask Vintage - 2003

This latest release from the Speyside based distillery, is said to be a complex and rich single malt whisky that delivers a nose of raspberries and clotted cream, citrus, banana, mint, spice and ginger nuts. The palate delivers a creamy mouthful, almost a slight chewiness, cinnamon with soft fruits and cocoa nibs.

Sandy McIntyre, who was crowned Distillery Manager of the Year at the  Whisky Magazine’s ‘Icons of Whisky Scotland 2019’ awards, joined Ian Macleod Distillers as Tamdhu Distillery Manager in November 2014, where he is responsible for all aspects of production and warehousing, including managing a team of 17. 

Commenting on the news, Sandy said: “In 2018, the Tamdhu Distillery team selected a Gold Award winning European sherry butt to celebrate the 120th year of Tamdhu. That cask was selected by the whole team here at Tamdhu by a majority decision, however it was not the cask I chose from those shortlisted.”

He went onto say: “This time around the single cask I have personally chosen is a 15 Year Old American Oloroso sherry butt, which plays very much to my individual preferences – a relaxing vanilla undertone with the balance of fruit from the Oloroso coming through behind it. A mellow dram that you can enjoy at any time of the day, but which is very smooth and particularly moreish that you will pick up time and time again.”

He concluded by saying: “The variation between the two single cask types shows clearly the colour and flavour influences that the American and European oak has on the new make spirit and allows us to marry the two together for our Tamdhu core collection single malt expressions. I hope people enjoy this as much as I do.”

Limited to just 595 individually numbered bottles, Tamdhu Distillery Manager’s Single Cask vintage – 2003, is now available exclusively from the Tamdhu website for a RRP of £250.00. Bottles will also be available directly from the distillery during this years Spirt of Speyside Whisky Festival, between May 2nd and 6th.

Posted by Steve Rush