Review: Tullibardine 10 Years Old 2005 – 28.28 Lay your head on my pillow

Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Tullibardine Distillery

Bottling: Scotch Malt Whisky Society Cask 28.28

ABV: 60.0%

Cost £45.50 buy from SMWS

Score: 83/100

Scotch Malt Whisky Society

What they say:

28.28 Lay your head on my pillow

Cask No. 28.28

A crisp, clean, fresh and white array of aromas greeted the Panel first; freshly sawn pine, white pepper, white fleshed peaches and laying one’s head on a brand new pillow. Deeper notes appeared with time; lemon curd, malt loaves and warm wood embers. The taste had a good chilli, gingery heat with the syrupy viscosity of Chinese sweet and sour sauce, and the finish was that of tangy sharp oranges. Diluted, the oranges became zingy buttercream in a chocolate orange cake and the taste was now soft and buttery, like a carrot cake topped with a cinnamon frosting.

Drinking tip: For your first guests at a party

Date Distilled: 24 March 2005 Colour: Antique brass Age: 10 years Flavour : Sweet, fruity & mellow Cask Type: Refill ex-bourbon barrel Whisky Region: Highland Southern Outturn: 223 bottles

SMWS 28.28 Lay your head on my pillow

What I say:

Sampled at the SMWS Big November Outturn preview tasting on 10th November 2015. This is the first time I have seen a Tullibardine (SMWS Distillery Code #28) bottled by SMWS, the fact it is only cask #28 suggests not a huge amount is being bottled by them, though perhaps this may increase in the future as Tullibardine seem to have settled back into good production under their recent ownership? Anyway I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to tick this distillery off of my SMWS list.

Colour:

Very light straw gold (3/20), large tears and thick legs

Nose:

Fresh and clean, new linen, apple and pear juice, white pepper spice, a touch of toffee and butterscotch oak wood

Taste:

Strong and spirity with a little bite, like sharp green apple and apple juice, ginger, white pepper and chilli, with water this subsides into buttercream, vanilla custard and cream, honey, some citric overtones of orange and white grapefruit

Finish:

Medium-short zesty orange, pith and marmalade with ginger spice

Overall:

 A nice, clean and sharp Tullibardine expression. A little youthful perhaps – clearly drinkable at 10 years old but one of those casks I would have loved to re-sample at 15 or 18 perhaps. White fruits in abundance and a little sharp and acidic in places, this has enough else going on to make it pleasurable.