Tamdhu unveils Quercus Alba Distinction II – celebrating the influence of American oak sherry cask maturation

Tamdhu Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky has announced the arrival of the second bottling in its Quercus Alba Distinction series.

As the only distillery in Scotland to fully mature all of its single malt whisky in Oloroso sherry casks, Tamdhu is dedicated to this maturation style. Distinction II is a celebration of American Oak Sherry casks in particular, highlighting the nuanced flavour profile imparted by these first-fill casks.

Starting its journey in the North American oak forests before being imported into Spain, this American Oak is crafted into casks in Spain’s ‘Sherry Triangle’ over the course of six years.

During this period, the staves air dry in the Mediterranean sun before being assembled and toasted by skilled coopers. Oloroso sherry seasoning then takes place before the casks are ready to make their way back to Speyside.

Tamdhu’s distinctive whisky and this sherried American Oak wood marry to produce a complex dram with a natural amber colour and rich fruity flavours.

On the nose, Quercus Alba Distinction II delivers warming notes of malt, vanilla, and spiced oak, along with zesty oranges and fresh mint. A rich and luxurious mouthfeel brings damsons and dark chocolate. The finish is prolonged with sherried oak giving way to figs, golden syrup, and freshly baked crumble.

Sandy McIntyre, Tamdhu Distillery Manager, said: “We’re dedicated to sherry casks at Tamdhu, and our Distinction series allows us to take an even closer look at how American Oak sherry maturation impacts our whisky.

“Distinction II has a wonderfully nuanced profile that’s noticeable when compared to our European oak bottlings while still retaining that classic Tamdhu style – fruity palate, indulgent mouthfeel, soft oak, and unmistakable hints of sherry.”

Bottled at 48% ABV, Tamdhu Quercus Alba Distinction II is priced at £67.99 and available through leading specialist retailers in the UK, USA, Germany, Netherlands, Asia and Australia.

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