Tamdhu Single Malt Scotch Whisky has announced the release of the limited-edition Iain Whitecross Single Cask Vintage 2003 expression, specially selected for bottling by its Assistant Distillery Manager, Iain Whitecross.
Iain has worked at Tamdhu since 2006 and, shortly after Ian Macleod Distillers reopened the distillery doors, he was appointed as Assistant Distillery Manager in 2014 due to his unrivalled knowledge of the whisky, the casks, the people and, most importantly, Tamdhu’s ‘Only the Best’ mantra.
To honour Iain’s commitment to the distillery, as well as his craft, Tamdhu Distillery Manager, Sandy McIntyre, offered him the rare opportunity to select and bottle his very own single cask.
Iain Whitecross, Tamdhu Assistant Distillery Manager, said: “I’m delighted to have had the honour of selecting this spectacular whisky – my own unique piece of Tamdhu history. I love being part of the Tamdhu family, and this represents a real career highlight for me.
“After sampling 150 exceptional casks, I nosed Cask 5892 and it stood out by a mile. I knew in that moment that we had to bottle it. It fills me with pride to know that my colleagues and fans of Tamdhu will have the chance to sample and enjoy my perfect dram.”
The liquid inside Iain’s European sherry oak cask was distilled on 19th November 2003 and has notes of deep toffee on the nose, accompanied with perfectly balanced milk chocolate, hazelnut, peach, and vanilla.
On the palate, expect a wonderful contrast of rich truffle, sharp zesty orange and warming cinnamon. The dram finishes with notes of crème caramel, soft oak, wine gums and – of course – unstoppable sherry notes.
Tamdhu Iain Whitecross Single Cask Vintage 2003 (70cl, 57% ABV, RRP £265) is available to pre-order from https://www.tamdhu.com/our-collection/iain-whitecross-sc. Only 676 bottles are available for purchase.
This new release comes shortly after Tamdhu enjoyed further success at the World Whiskies Awards finals. The Speyside distillery scooped the top prize for ‘World’s Best Single Cask, Single Malt’ with its Distillery Manager’s Single Cask bottling.