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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