‘Fidra’ Tullibardine 21 Years Old 1990 (Lockett Bros)
46% ABV, £49.99
What they say:
Lockett Bros ‘Fidra’ 21yo Tullibardine highland single malt scotch whisky. Outturn of 156 bottles. Distilled 25/09/1990, bottled 12/04/2012 from bourbon hogshead cask #6108
What I say:
Purchased from Lockett Bros wine and specialist whisky shop in North Berwick, partly because I love Tullibardine single malt and partly because I love their own bottlings series produced by Lockett Bros. I couldn’t resist the price tag on this bottle for a 21 Year Old single bourbon cask example from Tullibardine.
Pale/straw yellow gold
Sweet pear drops and burdock flower
Sweet warming apple tart, hint of ginger and sherbert leading to dry and peppery oak
Vaporous tangy orange and long, long drying tanned leather.
Would I buy it again:
Possibly yes, this is an interesting example of aged, bourbon cask matured Tullibardine spirit and it actually has a lot going for it. My previous encounters with Tullibardine have been Sauternes or Sherry finished and the Distillery standard 12 Years Old, all of which are very drinkable. There is a subtlety and depth in this I have only begun to discover with my tasting notes and I am sure there is more in here still waiting to be discovered. This is a dram you need to drink over a long period of time to truly appreciate it.