Tullibardine 21 Years Old 1993 Cadenhead Small Batch

Highland single malt scotch whisky

46.9% ABV, £66.95 for 70cl available from Cadenheads Whisky Shop

Score: 85/100

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What they say:

It’s been some time since we had a dram from Tullibardine so we have added one for the Autumn 2014 season, Another one of those under the radar distilleries but well worth the vanture for malt fans. Last 3 bottles!

Nose: The nose starts off with a rich almost meaty tone of sweet cured meats dare we say, then almost immediately a freshness opens up to bring in a sweet pickles and pralines note, the faint chocolatey note has a nutty edge.
Palate: Refreshing kiwi fruits with some lime notes give way to some minty menthol tones. Before you have time to settle its all change as fresh baked chocolate cookies and limeade burst forth. Sweet but not over sweet as the palate settles down from the burst of flavours.
Finish: Wow this dram has another twist to finally challenge the taste-buds, A grassy tone but quite chewy starts the finish before it tingles with some gentle effervescence some soft citrus tones clean the palate nicely.

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What I say:

Dram No. 3 at the Jolly Toper Christmas Tasting (18th December 2014) was this expression distilled at Tullibardine distillery in the Highlands in 1993 and bottled in 2014. Matured for a full 21 years in ex-bourbon casks and married as part of Cadenheads small batch releases to produce 492 bottles at 46.9% ABV.

Colour:

Full amber gold

Nose:

Vanilla, cream, fruity apple and peach, toffee and caramel, oak wood, cereal barley malt and milk chocolate

Taste:

Red liquorice, fruity papaya and mango, hints of salt, toffee and woody oak, creamy vanilla, some coconut, toffee and butterscotch fudge

Finish:

Medium, spicy cinnamon and nutmeg, some bubblegum, citrusy fruits and toffee oak

Overall:

My favourite of the evening, it seems I do have soft spot for Tullibardine. This was a beautifully mature example from ex-bourbon casks. There was definitely something salty and tropical fruits going on in this one as well as the more traditional ex-bourbon influences.