Tullibardine 500 – Sherry Finish

ABV: 43 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and fruity. At first there’s a sweet layer of vanilla, honey and coconut sitting on top of a mix of dried fruits and berries. It’s a mix of raisins, apricot and orange marmelade. On top there are spices floating around. It’s leaning towards baking spices but doesn’t reveal any specific kind. It becomes sweeter in the glass over time and it’s a sticky sweetness which becomes a bit overwhelming and makes the whole thing a bit unbalanced. This is a nice nose. It’s not complex nor especially interesting but it does its job competently.

Mouth: It starts out with a mild, very sweet mix of honey, vanilla, oak, coconut and sticky sweet red berries. Underneath there are notes of tobacco, coffee and just a hint of sulfur. It’s quite rich and delivers quite a nice palate. It’s a bit too sweet but it makes up for it with some nice background flavours which balances the whole thing out. There’s still notes of apricots and oranges but they are hiding behind everything else. It’s mild but not boring, with a small, yet pleasant, black pepper note on the edges of the palate.

Finish: It starts out with an increase of the sherry notes and now they come through as a bit darker than before with raisins, figs, coffee and tobacco. The black pepper spicyness sort of glides through the transition without increasing. It’s still mild yet decently rich and the sweetness keeps on delivering the same notes. It takes a surprisingly long time for it to fade and when it does, there’s still the oak impact left. It’s a nice enough oakiness with a fresh woodshop character and the coconut returns in the late finish. This is a really good whisky and hits over its paygrade. It’s a bit too sweet to be really balanced but it still delivers a nice array of flavours.

Additional information
This whisky was released in 2013. It’s aged in ex-bourbon barrels for an undisclosed amount of time and then finished for 12 months in 500-litre ex-sherry casks.

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