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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