Whisky Review – Tullibardine 20 Year Old

Tullibardine 20 Year Old
43% ABV
£77.99 available from Whisky Galore at the Green Welly Stop

Nose.

Honey, lots of it, intensive. Burnt caramel. A delicate floral background. The nose is a chewy one, complex and intriguing. There’s some waxiness with time. Evolving dark, dried fruits. Gentle Christmas spices. Fruitcake. Marzipan. Lots of luscious sugars. Shed loads of vanilla. Some lovely aged oak notes. This really is an easy and very pleasant smeller.

Palate.

Rich dark fruit jam. Vanilla, fruitcake and associated seasonal spices. Honey, brown sugar. Overall very fruity and involving. A little dry oak comes through. Some sawdust. Generally sweet with A little bitterness mid development.

Finish.

Dark fruits and spices fade quickly to a long oaky, sawdust finish, with some bitter oak tannins, and a little black tea.

Adding water.

Only a tiny drop as it’s on the older side. The nose is now far more floral based with a background of fruitiness, the fruits even include some of a tropical nature now, specifically some ripe pineapple. The sugars are weakened. The palate is substantially richer with fruit, with the drying mid development a little better balanced. The finish is again, more balanced and less about the tannins, but the gentle fade of the fruity experience. A small drop of water suits this dram in my opinion.

Conclusion.

This is a pleasant Whisky. The nose is particularly excellent, complex and a joy to explore. Undiluted I find the oak takes over the palate/finish a little and doesn’t suit my tastes so much, but when diluted this is balanced out for me and becomes a greater experience.

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

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