Whisky Review: Tullibardine 22 Years Old 1993 Small Batch

Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Tullibardine Distillery

Bottling: Cadenhead’s Small Batch

ABV: 47.3%

Cost: £81.04 from Master of Malt [sold out]

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What they say:

A small batch bottling of 22 year old Tullibardine single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from two bourbon hogsheads which matured the whisky from 1993 to 2015. This is a WM Cadenhead Small Batch release, with 528 bottles produced.

Nose:

Walnuts, chocolates and a touch of meaty malt.

Palate:

Fruit begins to take hold here, with zesty citrus at the centre of it all. Another touch of milk chocolate.

Finish:

Slight grassiness, with a slice of lemon drizzle cake on the side.

What I say:

Dramvent Calender Day 16

This December I am attempting to sample and review a whisky everyday for the 24 days of Advent in the run up to Christmas. My very basic criteria as I sorted through my masses of whisky and samples were these:

  1. Single malt scotch only and should be (or have been) generally/easily available
  2. Each day must be from a different distillery
  3. Each day must be equivalent in age or older than the previous

Distilled at Tullibardine Distillery in 1993, this small batch vatting of 2 hogsheads by Cadenheads has spent 22 years maturing before bottling in 2015, we tried a similar batch of casks bottled by Cadenheads released at 21yo and found it quite delicious too. Tullibardine is one of the earliest distilleries we sampled plenty and so started to get a feel for ‘distillery character’ in their whisky, I still have a soft-spot for Tullibardine because of this fact.

Colour:

White wine gold (5/20), elongated medium tears leave fine legs

Nose:

A mixture of nuts, ripened orchard fruits; apple & pear at least and raw oak wood hits the nose first, a deeper sweet heather honey and gristy cereal malted barley arise, Nutella; hazelnut and chocolate spread on white toasted bread, lesser floral aromas linger along with beeswax wood/furniture polish

Taste:

Fruity and citric, zest and pith from lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange, some green apple peels, white pear and raspberry precede a sharp white pepper spice and green/raw oaky wood that mellows into toasted walnut and chocolate brownies with a dusting of powdered cinnamon

Finish:

Long, spirit, zesty and citric, pockets of white pepper explode on the palate and a dry and slightly tannic freshly-sawn oak wood and biro ink add length

Overall:

Interesting and unusual, this Tullibardine expression flew of the shelves after it was awarded 90 points from Serge at WhiskyFun (reviewed here). It is refreshingly good for its age and great fun to dram plus there are some more unusual flavours in this batch than found in the 21yo vatting.  I hope Cadenhead’s continue to release plenty more of this Tullibardine stock!

Score: 87/100

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