The Ultimate is a series from the well-known Dutch bottler / importer van Wees. It’s a wide range with a fairly good value for money ratio.
We’re trying the latest Tamdhu 2005 bottled in January 2015. Several 2004-2005 casks have been bottled before.
Tamdhu 9 yo 2005 (60,3%, The Ultimate 2015, sherry butt #353, 631 btl.)
Nose: lots of toffee, butterscotch and marzipan for starters. Then the more typical dried fruits (dates, figs), as well as blueberries, candied orange peel and a hint of eucalyptus. Something of a creamy vanilla / raspberry combination, which gives it a hint of cupcakes. A slightly musty undertone of overripe melons, but otherwise very nice.
Mouth: very punchy and creamy, with some intense sherry notes, big caramel toffee and molasses sweetness. Raisins. Hints of toasted oak, ginger and a chili heat. Again a very light mustiness underneath, but nothing dirty.
Finish: long with a peppery heat, sweet malt syrup and a red berry sweetness.
This Tamdhu is a punchy, creamy, modern sherry bottling for people with a sweet tooth. Or two. Really good value for money. Around € 50.