Nestled in the town of Blackford and surrounded by the Ochil Hills, Tullibardine (Gaelic – lookout hill) was converted from an old brewery and began distilling in 1949, making it a relatively young distillery. Blackford is a sort of gateway to the highlands, and for many years Tullibardine simply matured their offerings in sherry casks. At some point along the way, however, the have begun taking their base offering and providing a series of different finishes in the final year of aging (currently Sauternes, Burgundy and Sherry). 228 denotes the number of liters the cask held. Burgundy is not a finish seen very often with whiskies, so we are very curious to to see what this single malt offers.
Maturation: Chateau de Chassagne Montrachet burgundy casks
Nose: Cedar smoke, sweet, honey, wine, syrup, apple
Palate: Syrup, wine, brine, earthy
Finish: Sweet, wine, syrup
Adam – This is a rich Scotch. A little oily from the wine, but not problematically so. The burgundy is very present throughout, which is very nice. I much prefer this cask finish to the Sauternes finishes we’ve tried. The warm, sweet notes it brings complement the underlying whisky. Close to a dessert whisky. More please!
Kate – I would definitely sit beside this guy all night on the porch, just nodding along. I enjoy the entirety of this Scotch.
Meghan – It is like watching The Simpsons in a foreign language- it’s familiar and yet, different enough that you can’t quite understand it. The wine finish is very present. A nice woodsy feel with a long warm finish.
Henry – The ideal summer dram. Delicious, from the sweet vanilla and fruit nose to the oaky, satisfying finish. A little water brings out the sugar, spice, and everything nice. As someone who came to Scotch from the world of fine wines, I love exploring cask finishes, and this dram is pretty much the perfect introduction to this class of whiskies. What it lacks in complexity, it more than makes up for in its clear and forward finish expression at a reasonable price point.