What I know now, is that I am getting worse at this everyday, and apparently, I am better when I have a cold! We’re over 2/3 of the competition, only four samples left, but I haven’t even gotten a fifth of the available points and days like this don’t really help either.
A bit cloying and spirity from a refill bourbon cask if you ask me. A little hint of coconut and some fresh herbs like coriander/cilantro. Apart from that there is also something creamy or even cheesy in the background.
The palate has a sharp edge to it with a little hint of apple and white grapes. The creaminess is back again.
The finish is rather smooth with sweet coconut and the apples and grapes too. A small hint of citrus fruits, mostly lemon, is here too.
There are some nice flavours here, but mostly it screams ‘lazy cask’ at me. The underlying spirity flavours are present all the way and those are flavours I don’t like. It does try to fight back a little bit in the finish with some nice fruitiness but that just doesn’t do it. I guessed a Glenallachie since I had to pick a Speysider, and it reminded me of one I tasted recently. I didn’t think it was really old and strong, but I was wrong on those two accounts. Apparently, I should start calculating the average age already, since there is a clear build up now!
Tamnavulin 21, Dewar Rattray, 09-05-1989 – 18-02-2011, 57.4%, Bourbon Cask #1750
Far from the best Tamnavulin I ever tasted, although there aren’t many out there. This one hasn’t got anything appealing since all little things that are good are killed off by the not so well matured spirit. It’s like time stood still in the cask. Bummer, for my score as for this dram.