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Tamdhu limited edition for Speyside Festival

Ian Macleod Distillers has announced the launch of Tamdhu Dalbeallie Dram, a limited edition, at this year's Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival.

The bottling honours Dalbeallie train station, and the part the Victorian railway played in receiving Tamdhu’s sherry oak casks from Spain. Dalbeallie Dram is 100 per cent matured in Oloroso sherry casks from Jerez in Southern Spain, bottled unchillfiltered at cask strength (62.1% ABV). Only 1,000 individually numbered bottles will be made available of Collectors Journey 01 with future limited edition Dalbeallie Dram Collectors Journey releases planned annually for each Speyside Festival.

Sandy McIntryre, Tamdhu distillery manager, says: “Having a new expression of Tamdhu is always exciting, and launching to guests during the Speyside Whisky Festival makes it all the more special. John Glass, our master blender, prepared a selection of drams for the team to nose and sample before we decided what we thought would best compliment the current Tamdhu range. We are absolutely delighted with the end result.”

Established in 1899, Dalbeallie Station (latterly Knockando Station), which sits next to Tamdhu distillery is a listed building and has been restored over the years – including a ticket office, waiting room and signal box. With finishing touches recently installed, it will host events and tastings at this year’s Spirit of Speyside Festival.  

“We owe a big thanks to the railway, and I only wish it was still running to return to those splendid days for Tamdhu. I often imagine the signalman in the old signal box on a dark and wintry night, with a blizzard outside, sitting beside the wood burning stove, waiting for the night train to pass – with a hearty dram or two of Tamdhu to warm him up! You can still see the restored signal box with the old hand operated levers if you walk along the platform”, continues Sandy.  
The Limited Edition Tamdhu Dalbeallie Dram is a distillery exclusive at, RRP £90/70cl bottle.

2 May 2018 - Sam Coyne The Drinks Report, news editor