Tamnavulin Distillery was built in Speyside in 1966 to meet the then booming industries demand for more whisky. A downturn in that market saw the distillery being sold to Whyte & Mackay in 1993 who, less than two years later, shut up shop and stayed closed for over 10 years until production restarted in 2007.
In 2016 to celebrate Tamnavulin’s 50th anniversary they released the Double Cask expression. This was the distilleries first single malt released for 20 years as it’s owners Whyte & Mackay predominantly produce whisky that ends up in blends.
But finally Tamnavulin Distillery has announced the release of its latest single malt, a whisky finished in three different Sherry casks and cashing in on a market that has recently fallen in love with ‘sherry monsters’.
Like the Double Cask before it, the Sherry Cask is also a no age statement whisky produced with the hip pocket in mind. And, As you would expect, after matured in American oak barrels before being finished in three different oloroso Sherry casks, the expression is said to offer ‘richness, intensity and complexity’
“[The Sherry Cask] give shoppers the opportunity to delve into the world of Sherry-finished single malt without breaking the bank.” States a Whyte & Mackay’s Kirsteen Beeston. “The opportunity for this new expression is two-fold; we know Tamnavulin recruits new drinkers into malts and Sherry finishes are quintessential in malt. However, we also know that many whisky enthusiasts want affordable good quality malts.”
Bottled at 40% abv, the The Sherry Cask Edition is set to be released late in the year and should retail around the $70 mark.
Before you all ask, I am yet to try it. But when I do I will let you know my thoughts.