Master of Malt Tamnavulin 16yr Single Cask 55.1%ABV

Speyside Region – 55.1%ABV – 70cl bottle – £59.95

Yes, I know it’s Monday and I should be posting my “Rick’s Mystery Dram # 4” but, I had a very late band practice last night and did not have a chance to sample the sample.  So, being that I tasted this MoM Tamnavulin a couple of weeks back, I thought I’d put up what should be my Tuesday post – “Master of Malt, Drinks by the Dram – Tamnavulin Single Cask” review.

I hope to post my “Rick’s Mystery Dram” on Wednesday.  I can’t sample the stuff this evening because later today I’ll be heading out to an Ardbeg & Glenmorangie tasting event in NYC.  Life is hard.

And, now, the Master of Malt Tamnavulin:

On the noseA sharp and pointy grape bush, juicy nose but the ABV really gets ya!  Sugared berries (think sugar coated blueberries) and lemons.  The nose reminds me slightly (ever so) of the palate on the Master of Malt 26yr Bowmore (powdered candies and sugary fruits galore).

Oh, I want to focus on that powdered candy goodness but the lemons take over a bit here.

On the mouth Oily, a bit chewy, honied lemony notes (minus the bitter),

some the fruit from the nose but things sort of drop off from there…

Finish — Short and a bit unimpressive.

In sum The balance just seems off here.  What starts off so nicely (When I say nicely, I actually mean quite exquisite.  I love-love-loved the nose; right up my alley.) dies pretty quickly.  Jim Murray gave it a 90.5 in his 2009 Whisky Bible.  Not sure I agree with him…  I actually have a 2nd sample of this so, I will come back to it.  We’ll see…