Origin: Highlands (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon first fill, ex-Sherry
Addional coloring: Yes
Owner: Picard Vins et Spiriteux
Average price: € 40.00
Official website: www.tullibardine.com
Let’s return to one of the many distilleries that call themselves Scotland’s oldest distillery (the owners trace their origins back, very artificially, to 1488) with one of the various NAS characterised by a number.
A number that does not represent the quantity of active ingredient as in medicine, but rather the size of the casks used for finishing, in this case ex-Sherry (divided between Oloroso and PX) for the last twelve months, preceded by ex-Bourbon first fill casks for an unspecified time.
The nose is rather buttery, with acidic red fruit veins accompanied by lychees, ripe pear, cinnamon and candied citrus. Massive malt presence with honey, vanilla and a fairly marked mineral note. Soft but not too much.
The palate is quite light but not pale, initial spice (black pepper, cinnamon) punctuating cereal, pear, citrus, gooseberry. Again the mineral note and herbaceous notes with a background of honey and vanilla. Tannins well present.
The finish is not very long and dry, peppery, with honey, nuts, malt and bitter touches.
Simple, young, it holds up quite well to ageing without being overwhelmed by it, remaining on pleasant tones without peaks or troughs. Without infamy or praise, if you happen to get a glass in your hands you won’t remember it but you won’t regret having tried it either.
The Scotch Noob