Sunday, 25 June 2017

Tamnavulin NAS Review: Return of the Swamp!

Hi everyone,

After all those exclusives (more to come), this one is very readily available and cheap. I think it's on deal at the moment for £22...
I've only tried one Tamnavulin before and it wasn't the best experience I've had with a whisky... cough swampy cough
This is the first official bottling they've done for a long time, because it's their 50 year anniversary.
The distillery was actually closed from 1995 to 2007 and I would assume all the whisky in this one is post-closure (let's hope anyway haha, that 1993 was terrible!)
 
Tamnavulin 40%
Colour: E150a
Body: Light/Medium
Nose: Thankfully not swampy, lots of orange, heather, honey.
Taste: Light, a bit thin but orange and heather, some spice, a little weird off note in the background, burnt plastic?
Finish: Medium length. Heather spice but a little weird off note and chocolate.
So this was finished in Sherry casks, and although you get a bit of chocolate, you don't get much of the usual Sherry flavours. Much more heather and orange, but the weird notes make it a bit odd.
59/100

Thanks for reading!

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