Tuesday, November 09, 2021


Ian Macleod Distillers, has today announced the launch of a new limited-edition release, from its Tamdhu Distillery.

Tamdhu Quercus Alba Distinction (48% ABV) is said to celebrate the characteristics of first-fill American oak sherry cask maturation.

Tamdhu Quercus Alba Distinction 

As the only Scotch whisky brand to exclusively fully mature in Oloroso sherry casks, Quercus Alba Distinction begins its journey in the oak forests of North America, before being imported into Spain where these casks are carefully crafted in the ‘sherry triangle’ over the course of six years.  

The staves are left to air dry in the Mediterranean sun before being assembled and toasted by experienced coopers. Finally, the Oloroso sherry seasoning takes place, before the casks travel to Tamdhu. Over time, the distillery’s vibrant new-make combines with the American oak sherry cask to deliver rich fruity flavours and a wonderful natural amber colour. 

Tamdhu Quercus Alba Distinction, is said to deliver notes of vanilla, cinnamon, honey, apple crumble, cherries, citrus and delicate mint on the nose. Followed by notes of soft oak, plum, gooseberry and chocolate limes on the palate.

Commenting on the launch, Sandy McIntyre, Tamdhu Distillery Manager, said: “Sherry cask maturation is essential for the flavour and colour of Tamdhu whisky, and we’re the only Scottish distillery to exclusively mature in these rare oloroso casks. Quercus Alba Distinction is a celebration of the very best in American Oak and the delicate flavour profile it gives our bold spirit.”

Tamdhu Quercus Alba Distinction, will be available later this month from specialist retailers, for a RRP of £64.99.

Posted by Steve Rush