Even tough we’re comparing a 1989 and 1990 Tamdhu, I think they might be sister casks. Earlier releases from casks #8113, #8126 and #8132 were also 1989 production so it doesn’t seem to be a chronological numbering.
This cask is part of the new Malts of Scotland releases.
Tamdhu 20 yo 1990
(49,8%, Malts of Scotland 2011,
sherry butt #8119, 209 btl.)
Nose: a profile that’s similar to the Tamdhu 1989 Liquid Treasures. Lots of rum & raisins again. A little gunpowder and flints. More and darker chocolate, something of burnt sugar as well. It doesn’t have the slightly sour notes of balsamico. Dates. A few gamey notes. Roasted nuts.
Mouth: sweet with smoky undertones. Raisins, prunes and dates. Roasted almonds. Big sherry. A nice dark chocolate bitterness. Then back to muscovado sweetness and light pepper. Some liquorice.
Finish: long, marked by sherry and mocha with a nice dryness.
High power sherry. Very similar to the Liquid Treasures bottling, equally nice altogether, differences will come down to personal preferences. Around € 80.