Single malt

Tullibarine 2012 The Firkin 49

Tullibarine 2012 The Firkin 49

What they say

Tullibardine Distillery founded in 1949, the same year as Mike Collings, the Founder Founder. The distillery is at the gateway to the Highlands, close by the Ochil Hills about 50 miles north-west of Edinburgh.

To make this Firkin whisky, we took a 2012 Tullibardine matured in a first fill Bourbon barrel, which is a pretty good dram. But with the magic of two types of sherry and our custom casks, we transformed it into an outstanding whisky.

The 50/50 combination of Amontillado and Oloroso sherries gives you a unique profile. It’s creamy, rounded and nutty, with elements of dried fruit

It’s so soft & nutty; Firkin 49 single malt is extraordinary Firkin whisky.

Official tasting notes

This is a cracker. It’s long, rounded and jam-packed with creamy butterscotch toffee. It has crisp malt and some fruit, oak that hangs around, with a little cinnamon and sweet biscuit.

The sherries, combined with our custom-made double oak casks results is a stunning new take on Tullibardine. It’s an excellent combination of creamy malt, nuttiness and richness.

What I say

Another release from The Firkin Whisky Company’s Summer 2020 batch. Distilled in 2012 at Tullibardine and matured in a bourbon barrel before finishing in a custom cask made with ex-Amontillado and Oloroso sherry staves.

  • ABV 48.9%
  • Age NAS (8 years old)
  • Bottler The Firkin Whisky Company
  • Bottling The Firkin 49
  • Cask Amontillado and Oloroso Sherry Finish
  • Category Single malt scotch whisky
  • Cost £69
  • Origin Tullibardine distillery
  • Outturn 306 bottles
  • Region Highland
  • Released 2020
  • Vintage 2012

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance Chardonnay gold (4/20), medium tears and legs.
  • Nose Sweet, malty, beery, yeasty, soft sugary sweetness, fresh fruits, apple, pear, peach, touch of zest, orange or tangerine, pink grapefruit, fresh.
  • Taste Medium-bodied, very smooth, polished toffee and shortbread, peach melba, fruity apple and pear, a little spirity later, some citrus zest and tannic oak, full sherry, raisin, nutty, Amontillado, touch of black liqourice.
  • Finish Medium-long, fruit and spice, liqourice sherbet fountain and cask char.
  • Overall This Tullibardine has a lovely mouthfeel, smooth then zesty, much of the sherry influence from the finish comes later on the palate.

Score 85/100

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