Whisky Review – Tullibardine 500 – Sherry Finish

Tullibardine 500 – Sherry Finish
43% ABV
£36.95 available from Whisky Galore at the Green Welly Stop

Nose.

Intensely spicy. The sherry cask has really done some work here. We have a lot of deep sherry spice notes. Nuttiness. Cinnamon. Black pepper. Dark fruits. Raisin, plum. Fruitcake. Christmas spices. Orange peel. Dark chocolate. I’m a unashamed sherry head and it’s hitting all those pleasure triggers. In the background we still have some sweet sugar citrus. There is a touch of Flint also, some peoples flint is another persons hell. Personally, I don’t mind a little flint. Lovely stuff.

Palate.

Sweet sherried arrival. Lots of raisin. As the development progresses we have the familiar creaminess. The sherried notes are light and juicy, with vanilla, and some cinnamon spices, a little fruitcake. Then the development continues into vanilla creams with some chocolate dusting territory.

Finish.

The chocolate and vanilla sticks around for quite a while, with some pepper spice and a damp oaky drying finale.

Adding water.

A drop in my dram. The nose is now abundant with those sherry influenced spices. The palate retains sugar sherried nuttiness. A touch lighter than undiluted. Into the finish we have sugared almonds! Quite a change. Worth adding a drop of water here.

Conclusion.

A fantastic nose, good palate, and very interesting to add a touch of water to bring out that sugared almond note. This is my second favourite of the finished range from Tullibardine.

Tullibardine finish range conclusion.

As an added conclusion I am very impressed with the range of finished whiskies. Accompanying the Sovereign there is really something for everyone in this range. If your a sherry head, the 500 is awesome. If you like wine with your Whisky go burgundy. And if you have a sweet tooth the Sauternes is definitely for you. Good work!

Many thanks to Tullibardine Distillery for providing me with a sample.

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Whisky Review – Tullibardine 228 – Burgundy Finish

Tullibardine 228 – Burgundy Finish
43% ABV
£45.79 available from MasterOfMalt

This Tullibardine malt, has been initially matured in ex-bourbon barrels, and finished for around 12 months in French Chateau de Chassagne Montrachet Red Burgundy casks.

Nose.

Fruity and zingy. The wine finish has had quite an effect on this version. The apple, pear and malt notes are very much backgrounded by very pungent winey notes. A winesky for sure. Lots of red fruits, grapes, berries, strawberry. An enhancement to the soft melon notes from the Sovereign as it’s very much now a fruit jam of pulpy proportions.

Palate.

Thick berries are in the forefront, but become balanced in the development with the familiar Tullibardine creamy vanilla goodness. Some additional spices are found in the development. More pepper and a little light cinnamon.

Finish.

Long. Berries subside to that familiar creamy vanilla finish, with some drying oak right at the end.

Adding water.

Just a tiny drop added. The nose has more vanilla now, still retains some of the additional spices, but the berries are dulled down somewhat. The palate reflects this change also, as does the finish, although there is still a little bit of the berry influences on the finish. Personally I prefer this one without water.

Conclusion.

Another great addition, and another great twist on the Sovereign. This Whisky has some really great added depths on the nose, and the wine finish is really quite palatable. Probably my favourite of the finish series.

Tullibardine finish range conclusion.

As an added conclusion I am very impressed with the range of finished whiskies. Accompanying the Sovereign there is really something for everyone in this range. If your a sherry head, the 500 is awesome. If you like wine with your Whisky go burgundy. And if you have a sweet tooth the Sauternes is definitely for you. Good work!

Many thanks to Tullibardine Distillery for providing me with a sample.

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Whisky Review – Tullibardine 225 – Sauternes Finish

Tullibardine 225 – Sauternes Finish
43% ABV
No added colouring (presumed)
£36.50 available from Whisky Galore at the Green Welly Stop

This Tullibardine malt, has been initially matured in ex-bourbon barrels, and finished for around 12 months in French Sauternes cask (a very sweet desert wine).

Nose.

A similar fruity cereal nose as with the Sovereign. Apples, pears, soft melon, vanilla, pepper. But the Sauternes finish has enhanced the citrus elements with added sweetness, we have icing sugar and more of a lemon sherbert boiled sweet element. Lots of sugar sweetness on the nose. A touch of added oak spices.

Palate.

Very sweet entry. Creamy vanillas, combined with icing sugar. Some juicy apple and pear are present, a little pepper pinch, nicely balanced all around, chewable. Sauternes is very present end of the development, the sweet wine influences are very noticeable with an added sweetness and slight grape note coming through

Finish.

Long. A hit of sugar and pepper spices subsides into a creamy vanilla and light sweet finale. Creamy sweet vanilla really hangs around for a long time. Then a drying note which has a touch of wet wood.

Adding water.

Small drop added. The nose has a little more citrus prominence now. The palate is very sweet, a little lighter, but there seems a little more intensity to the sugars. The finish remains boosted sugars and creamy vanillas.

Conclusion.

A sweet tooths dram, another great nose, quite enhanced by the Sauternes influence. A truly quaffable Whisky.

Tullibardine finish range conclusion.

As an added conclusion I am very impressed with the range of finished whiskies. Accompanying the Sovereign there is really something for everyone in this range. If your a sherry head, the 500 is awesome. If you like wine with your Whisky go burgundy. And if you have a sweet tooth the Sauternes is definitely for you. Good work!

Many thanks to Tullibardine Distillery for providing me with a sample.

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Whisky Review – Tullibardine Sovereign

Tullibardine Sovereign
43% ABV
No added colouring (presumed)
£35.75 from TheWhiskyExchange

So it begins. I’m going to review the whole range of the newly revamped Tullibardine Distillery. We begin today with the Sovereign release. Their entry level malt, matured solely in ex-bourbon. Coming up over the next several reviews we have their finished range, including Sauternes, Burgundy and Sherry. Then their premium 20 and 25 year olds.

Sovereign has recently become one of Sainsbury’s available malts, and at the moment it is available at a bargain £30.

Nose.

A little spirit, but in a very nice lively way as it brings with it a bounty of fruit. Apple and pear dominate with some melon. Zesty citrus, vanilla and a pinch of pepper. With time in the glass the spirity edge subsides slightly and the depth of fruit increases.

Palate.

Initially crisp, light apple fruits, then so smooth and creamy vanilla. Loads of Creme brûlée and custardy notes, so very easy drinking, light, tasty, creamy. Yum. A little pepper. Very chewable.

Finish.

That creamy vanilla smoothness goes through the finish into drying out with a touch of oak.

Adding water.

Small drop added. The nose has a little added pepper and spices. The fruit intact and smell great. The palate is even lighter and creamier. There is a little added pepper mid development. The finish retains that additional spice, going again through a creamy then drying phases to the end.

Conclusion.

This is a very lovely Whisky. I can’t say it’s overly complicated, but it’s got a great nose, the palate is easy going, it’s very easy drinking. And the overall experience is extremely positive, it’s very enjoyable, light, a summer dram without a doubt.

Many thanks to Tullibardine Distillery for providing me with a sample.

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