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Double Gold for Tamdhu at The International Spirits Challenge 2017

9th May 2017

The esteemed International Spirits Challenge 2017 has awarded Gold Medals to two of the core expressions from Tamdhu Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky, recognising the outstanding quality of both sherry-matured malts. The signature expression from Tamdhu - Tamdhu 10 Year Old, was awarded a Gold, alongside the newest addition to the range, Tamdhu Batch Strength II.


Receiving more than 1,300 entries from nearly 70 countries worldwide,  the International Spirits Challenge is the most authoritative, respected and influential spirits competition in the world. It is supported by the world's leading spirits producers, making it an international standard for quality and excellence.


Iain Weir, Brand Director for Ian Macleod Distillers, the company that own Tamdhu Distillery, said: “We couldn’t be more pleased to receive these outstanding global accolades for both our classic 10 Year Old and intense Batch Strength II -  especially as the challenge is known to encourage the highest caliber of spirits.


“The exceptional quality of Tamdhu is defined by the exclusive use of the world’s finest sherry oak casks, the hint of peat in its malted barley as well as the distillery’s location on the banks of the River Spey. We strive to ensure that every drop of Tamdhu is as magnificent as the day it was first distilled in 1897, 120 years ago. Winning two Gold Medals further emphasises the hard work that goes in to creating our award-winning range.”  


Now in its 22nd year, the ISC is the premier event in promoting outstanding quality spirits from across the globe and recognises three key areas of the industry: tasting, design & packaging and marketing. Each of the judges must have demonstrated their skill and knowledge in spirits before joining the specialist panel and every product is blind tasted and awarded a score for its aroma, appearance, taste and finish.


Tamdhu is owned by one of Scotland’s leading, independent family-owned distillers, Ian Macleod Distillers.


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Tasting Notes

Tamdhu Batch Strength II Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky

NOSE: Warming golden syrup, brown bread with peanut butter, cinnamon, white pepper and cocktail cherries.

PALATE:Mouth coating sherry oak, lightly heated berries and creamy vanilla, - adding water brings out cookie dough, gentle spice and fresh fruit.

FINISH: Spicy notes continue long into the finish with dried fruits, hazlenuts and vanilla. 

Tamdhu 10 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Nose: Very appealing and fragrant; sugar syrup with delicate Peach and Orange, mixing with fresh oak, cinnamon and leather, sugared almonds and vanilla.

Palate: The Fruitiness and spice blend brilliantly with a pleasing toffee and sherry richness building as it is held on the palate.

Finish: Fruit and vanilla linger becoming pleasantly drying with a hint of distant peat smoke.


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