Tamerlane Ventures Inc.
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Tamerlane Ventures Inc.

December 12, 2011 08:58 ET

Tamerlane Reports High Grade Intersection of 72.3% Combined Lead/Zinc Within a 75 Foot Section Containing 21.7% Combined Lead/Zinc at the Pine Point W-85 Deposit

Deposit Expected to Be Mined Using Surface Mining Methods

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Tamerlane Ventures Inc. ("Tamerlane" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:TAM) is pleased to provide assay results of the last three drill holes from the summer drill program conducted on the W-85 deposit at its Pine Point Project in Canada's Northwest Territories. As previously announced on November 21, 2011, assay results for drill holes TV 13, 14 and 16 were delayed because these holes were so heavily mineralized that a method more suited to very high grade lead and zinc values was necessitated. The Company noted a particularly high grade intersection of 75 feet containing 21.7% combined lead/zinc, including 5 feet of 72.3% combined lead and zinc. The purpose of this drill program was to provide current drill data to convert historical W-85 resources into National Instrument ("NI") 43-101-compliant resources.

The drill results for holes TV 13, 14 and 16 are as follows:

Interval True
Drill Hole (Feet) Interval Thickness Average Combined
From To Feet Feet Meters %Pb %Zn %Pb + %Zn
W85-11-TV13 292 322 30 24.4 7.4 8.03 14.95 22.98
362 407 45 36.6 11.2 10.43 17.93 28.36
W85-11-TV14 227 297 70 54.6 16.7 3.18 3.25 6.43
327 382 55 42.9 13.1 2.97 6.91 9.88
W85-11-TV16 92 167 75 61.6 18.8 11.15 10.57 21.72
Containing 117 122 5 4.1 1.3 43.15 29.20 72.35
254.5 309.5 55 49.3 15.0 0.97 7.31 8.28

The following table shows the intersections of significance for the W-85 deposit, as previously announced in the November 21 news release. Including the results announced today, the total number of drill holes in the deposit is 211, totaling 20,925 meters.

Interval True
Drill Hole (Feet) Interval Thickness Average Combined
Hole id From To Feet Feet Meters %Pb %Zn %Pb + %Zn
W85-11-TV10 267 287 20 13.0 3.97 0.74 2.63 3.37
W85-11-TV10 317 332 15 9.8 2.97 0.54 1.67 2.21
W85-11-TV10 357 389.5 32.5 21.2 6.45 3.00 5.26 8.26
W85-11-TV10 421.5 422.5 1 0.7 0.23 61.45 7.84 69.29
W85-11-TV11 339 387 48 30.0 9.15 0.53 2.09 2.62
W85-11-TV12 322 342 20 15.4 4.68 1.18 4.54 5.72
W85-11-TV12 357 372 15 9.2 2.81 0.54 2.94 3.48
W85-11-TV12 357 432 75 46.1 14.05 1.35 5.74 7.09
Containing 377 432 55 36.9 11.23 1.68 6.99 8.67
W85-11-TV17 132 197 65 25.9 7.90 2.56 4.88 7.44
W85-11-TV18 132 187 55 33.9 10.34 3.91 2.96 6.87
W85-11-TV18 272 282 10 6.2 1.89 3.08 7.70 10.78
W85-11-TV18 302 332 30 18.6 5.67 0.75 6.19 6.94
W85-11-TV19 272 287 15 9.1 2.76 0.33 3.87 4.20

Tamerlane is currently in the process of converting the historical W-85 resource into a NI 43-101 compliant reserve. The Company noted the significance of W-85 and other deposits that may be mined using surface mining methods, which would compliment underground mining operations by facilitating operational diversification, lower operational costs, and a lower overall technical risk profile.

The existing historical resource* on W-85 is as follows:

Tonnes Lead % Zinc %
3,760,000 2.3 4.0
*The historical estimates presented above are not in accordance with the mineral resources or mineral reserves classifications contained in the CIM Definition Standards on Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves, as required by National Instrument 43-101 ("NI 43-101"). Accordingly, the company is not treating these historical estimates as current mineral resources or mineral reserves as defined in NI 43-101 and such historical estimates should not be relied upon. A qualified person has not done sufficient work to date to classify the historical estimates as current mineral resources or mineral reserves.

Pine Point's current NI 43-101 compliant mineral inventory (excluding W-85) is given in the table below:

Category Tonnes Lead % Zinc %
Underground Proven & Probable 7,790,271 3.01 6.16
Measured & Indicated 8,030,000 1.13 2.26
Open Pit (N204) Indicated 9,166,000 0.92 3.42
Inferred 2,413,000 0.86 3.04

Total Historical resources* (including W-85) for Pine Point are given in the table below:

Tonnes Lead % Zinc %
34,221,000 1.4 4.4
*The historical estimates presented above are not in accordance with the mineral resources or mineral reserves classifications contained in the CIM Definition Standards on Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves, as required by National Instrument 43-101 ("NI 43-101"). Accordingly, the company is not treating these historical estimates as current mineral resources or mineral reserves as defined in NI 43-101 and such historical estimates should not be relied upon. A qualified person has not done sufficient work to date to classify the historical estimates as current mineral resources or mineral reserves.

Mike Willett, CEO Tamerlane Ventures, commented, "The assay results from this year's drill program at our W-85 deposit are very exciting. We have excellent grades and thickness of mineralization. Furthermore, given the near-surface location of this deposit, we believe that it can be developed using lower cost surface mining methods."

The Company is continuing work to convert the N-204 deposit resources to a NI 43-101 compliant reserve category, and convert the W-85 historical resources to a NI 43-101 compliant resource category early in the new year.

The information in this press release was prepared under the guidance of Mr. Ross F. Burns, P.Geo., LG., who is designated as a Qualified Person with the ability and authority to verify the authenticity and validity of data.

About Tamerlane Ventures Inc.

Tamerlane Ventures Inc. is an exploration and development mining company with advanced base metal development projects in Canada and Peru. The Company's immediate focus is bringing the 100%-owned Pine Point Project to production. The Company is currently in the financing phase and expects to commence construction following financing. Tamerlane plans to sell the well-known, Pine Point Concentrates to various smelting facilities around the world. The Company also plans to develop its Los Pinos heap leach copper project in Peru.

Michael A. Willett, Chief Executive Officer

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