Single malt

Tullibardine 26 Years Old 1989 Single Cask

Tullibardine 26 Years Old 1989 Single Cask (53.7%, Master of Malt, 227 Bottles, 2015)

Whisky Review

  • ABV: 53.7%
  • Age: 26 Years Old
  • Bottling: Master of Malt
  • Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky
  • Cost: £sold out
  • Origin: Tullibardine distillery
  • Vintage: 1989
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What they say

We’re proud to introduce a 26 year old Tullibardine single malt Scotch whisky to our very own Single Cask Series! Though Tullibardine doesn’t come up in conversation all that often, we really think it should – they produce some fantastic Highland whisky, often big and rich in golden malt goodness and vibrant fruit. This 26 year old single cask bottling was distilled back in April 1989 and bottled in April 2015 at 53.7% ABV.

Official tasting notes:

Nose: Cereal rich, Farley’s Rusks, banana bread. Quite grassy and oily too, citrus, nettle tea. Pineapple-y marmalade develops, as does soft white-chocolate-chip cookies.

Palate: Toasted cornflakes develops into crunchy Ryvita, then the fruitiness emerges with fresh mango. Soon enough, it becomes all about glorious baking spices.

Finish: Spicy oak and soda bread. Fruity hops go on and on.

Overall: Intense but poised, this Tullibardine is a fascinating bit of Highland whisky awesomeness.

What I say

A rather old Tullibardine single refill hogshead cask bottled by Master of Malt back in 2015. Distilled 21 April 1989 and bottled 21st April 2015, produced 227 bottles at 53.7% ABV.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: White Burgundy (5/20), medium-large tears and legs.
  • Nose: Fresh apples, pear and banana, musty oak wood, cereal milled malted barley, a touch zesty, grapefruit, deep citrus, vanilla, toasted coconut, white chocolate, milk bottle sweeties, old bourbon oak aromas with a touch of florality.
  • Taste: Medium-full bodied, viscous and oily on the palate, plenty of sweet vanilla and some white and green fruit flavours develop, melon, kiwi, grape, apple, pear, then pineapple and guava, waxy coloured pencil shavings, minty and herbal, nutmeg and tarragon with hints of aniseed.
  • Finish: Medium-long, mouth watering, slightly drying sweet and spiced, plenty of woody oak.

Overall

Woody oak and tropical fruits prevail in this delicious old dram, I’m left searching a little bit for character here but maybe that’s just my distraction?

Score 86/100

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