What a wild past few weeks it’s been – trips to Auchentoshan, Springbank, Glengyle, Bruichladdich, Ardbeg and Kilchoman distilleries, as well as visiting the Diageo Archives on International Scotch Day. More about all of those in future blog posts, but safe to say it’s nice to have a quiet few minutes to sit down with a sizeable dram of cask strength whisky and get back to writing.
First in the long line of samples accumulated over the past wee while is Tamdhu Batch Strength 2. It’s been a couple of years since Tamdhu released the first edition of their Batch Strength Series – it was a full flavoured sherry bomb and I loved it. This time around they’ve gone with a similar cask recipe, all ex-sherry casks with a focus on first-fill, and bottled the whisky at a punchy 58.5% ABV. After last time, I kinda know what to expect, and I can’t wait to get tucked in. Here goes.
Tamdhu Batch Strength 2
Nose: Dairy Milk Fruit & Nut, cherry cake, sultanas, treacle toffee, some molasses and a hint of cola cubes.
Palate: Juicy fruit loaf, cinnamon, clove, orange peel, toasted tea cakes, cocoa and cherries.
Finish: Big clove and nutmeg spices are balanced by a rich sherry sweetness.
Overall: Not for the fainted hearted. This is as big as Batch 1 and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is about as no-nonsense a cask strength dram as you get, and would sit in perfect company alongside the likes of Aberlour a’bunadh, Glendronach CS or Glenfarclas 105. Yes please.