Origin: Highlands (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrels: Ex-Bourbon first fill, ex-Sauternes Wine
Addional coloring: Yes
Owner: Picard Vins et Spiriteux
Average price: € 39.00
Official website: www.tullibardine.com
After trying the first declared age bottling of their base wallet, I return to Tullibardine and its “numerical” bottles (the numbers correspond to the capacity in liters of the barrels used for whisky)
The one-year finish in 225-liter barrels that had previously contained Sauternes wine after an unspecified time in ex-Bourbon, takes advantage of the property’s proximity to French wine producers, in this case Chareau Suduiraut.
The influence of red wine, especially on young or very young spirits, is often a gamble or a way to cover up whisky inaccuracies, but I have no prejudices and drink!
Almonds and citric notes welcome the smell, which really looks very young and grumpy, with lots of cereal, grapefruit, unripe kiwi, pineapple, green apple and vanilla. Acid profile with a slight tip of solvent. Over time it softens a little, giving more space to sweet scents.
On the palate it expresses well-peppered touches on a bed of dried fruits (almonds, nuts), raisins, vanilla, candied orange, lemon drop. Strong presence of wood, with alcohol a little too lively given the gradation.
Medium long and alcoholic finish of hazelnuts, vanilla, orange, wood.
A young whisky, unsyminal, rather linear in aromatic profile and with alcohol that clears too much. It does not leave its mark, for better or for worse, suspended in limbo of mediocrity justified by a very popular price.