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Tamdhu launches Cigar Malt whisky

Speyside distiller also creates bespoke humidors to mark Cigar Malt No. 01's release
Tamdhu's Cigar Malt No. 01
Tamdhu's Cigar Malt No. 01
Speyside whisky maker Tamdhu has announced the global launch of its limited-edition Cigar Malt No. 01.

The expression celebrates the time-honoured pairing of whisky and cigars - and Tamdhu has also created two bespoke humidors, inspired by and infused with its whisky, to celebrate its release.

The Cigar Malt No. 01 was hand-picked from a small selection of first-fill European oak oloroso sherry casks at the distillery, a whisky style which Tamdhu says was selected for their ability to support and complement the rich aromatic and spice flavours of top-quality cigars. It is bottled at 53.8% ABV without chill filtration.

The humidors were created in collaboration with wood maker and silversmith Anthony Holt & Sons. They were built with walnut wood, sterling silver, and some staves from the sherry casks to imbue the humidors with a subtle aroma of sherry - the variety of cask that Tamdhu exclusively ages its whisky in. One of these humidors will be auctioned for charity in 2022.

Sandy McIntyre, Tamdhu distillery manager, said: "While whisky and cigars have long been enjoyed together, we wanted our Tamdhu Cigar Malt to cement that bond with a marriage of flavour and craft befitting of the two worlds.

"This whisky, exclusively matured in first-fill European oak oloroso sherry casks, provides the perfect accompaniment to the finest cigars. That we were able to use those sherry casks to continue the legacy of the Cigar Malt through the humidor is very special indeed."

Gill Holt, director at Anthony Holt & Sons, said: "Combining a European oak sherry cask with a handmade limited-edition humidor was a truly enjoyable venture. The rich aroma of the humidor is perfectly complemented by subtle notes from the sherry cask wood."

Bottles of Tamdhu Cigar Malt No. 01 are available to purchase from specialist retailers in the UK, USA, Netherlands, Germany, Taiwan and China and from www.tamdhu.com (RRP £180 per 70cl bottle).