Archive for the ‘Tullibardine’ Category

Edition Spirits Tullibardine 1990 (26 year old) 44.4%

Bourbon/ Code: EDI0284/ Dist: Sept 1990 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Nov 2017

An earthy and woody nose with hints of lime and greengage. The citrus really picks up and the aromas do become a little on the tart side. With time a light cider apple note appears but overall it’s pretty clean and vibrant.

The palate is earthy with hints of old rose petal marc and bitter wood spice. Hints of barley and honey come through and the lime builds on the middle. Tart and citric finish with the old marc notes returning along with the earthy notes. There’s not a huge amount of oak character, so I’d imagine it was aged in a well used cask!


Douglas Laing Old Particular Tullibardine 1993 (24 year old) 51.5%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: OLD0504/ Dist: Mar 1993 Btl: Aug 2017/ Tasted: Oct 2017

Typical ‘tulli hardness, but the nose is softened by the barley and oak. Hints of baked fruit, dusty spice, toffee and lemon.

The palate is a little cardboard with wheat-a-bix, malt and barley. Slightly marc-like, old spirit middle with subtle spice. Medium length with lingering old marc, vanilla, coffee and earth. It’s creaking a bit, but enjoyable!

Claxton’s ‘The Single Cask’ Tullibardine 1993 (24 year old) 52%

Bourbon Hogshead/ Dist: Mar 1993 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Apr 2017

An earthy and edgy nose with heather, malt extract and toasted toffee. Meaty and beefy, but balanced with late hints of sweet vanilla, straw, green apple and lime.

The palate is oily and biscuity with malt, dark honey and roasted coffee bean. Quite tannic on the middle but the maltiness balances. Mouth-watering almost tartly citric finish with a superb intensity and lingering green fruit, pepper, rose petal marc, malt and drying spices. It’s an impressive old ‘tulli.

North Star Spirits Tullibardine 1993 (24 year old) 51.6%

Bourbon Hogshead/ Dist: Mar 1993 Btl: May 2017/ Tasted: Jun 2017

Aromas of slight hard but dusty barley with hints of lime, green apple, honey and very subtle oak. Overall it is quite edgy and sub-industrial, well, you can never fully escape ‘distillery character’! With time there hints of chamomile soap and wood spice.

The palate is edgy and ever so slightly cardboardy with barley, malt biscuits, honey and wood spice. Quite drying on the middle with a little green apple and citrus note coming through. Surprisingly the alcohol is quite intrusive. Medium length.

Highland Laird Tullibardine 1993 (22 year old) 51.1%

Bourbon/ Dist: 1993 Btl: 2016(?)/ Tasted: June 2016

Aromas of malt biscuits, pumice stone and faint industrial notes. Slightly balsamic with hints of sweet barley and sour, cider apple.

The palate opens with burnt biscuits, malt, hard barley and a touch of coffee. Oily with hints of green fruit, asparagus, dry barley and corn oil(?). Good length with lingering burnt biscuits, straw, tannins and alcohol. This is a hard one to love!

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Tullibardine 1994 (21 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2544/ Dist: May 1994 Btl: Nov 2015/ Tasted: Dec 2015

Heavy, balsamic baked fruit aromas with barley, dusty oak and subtle dried fruit. Slightly earthy with the barley developing a sweeter edge. With time an almost grainy fresh note appears to balance the balsamic character.

The palate is herbal and ever so lightly cardboardy with earthy baked fruit and malt. Medium length with lingering lightly spiced baked fruit and earth.

Old Malt Cask Tullibardine 1991? (23 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2378/ Tasted: May 2014

A hard nose of brittle barley, baked fruit, herbs, coffee, chicory and lightly creamy oak. With time it becomes quite leafy with dried grass, lightly oiled lemon and dusty, sub-industrial spices. All pleasantly balanced though.

The palate is a little hard, like the nose, but that’s often the way with Tulli. Creamy oak, toffee and a little honey soften. Hints of barley, apricot, baked fruit and mature oak emerge. A little hot on the finish with crisp citrus coming through to join the barley and dusty, clean, spices. Good intensity with a lightly oiled finish and a touch of Tequilla-esque fruit.


Gordon & MacPhail ‘Connoisseurs Choice’ Tullibardine 1994 (12 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Dist: 1994 Btl: 2006/ Tasted: Sept 2007

A crisp and clean nose with linseed oil, garden fruits and some youthful orange fruit. The palate is clean and simple with linseed oil a touch of citrus fruit, cereal and not much else! Good length, tangy but uneventful.

Dewar Rattray Tulibardine 1990 (18 year old) 59.1%

Re-Fill (?) Cask 6105/ Dist: 1990 Btl: 2008/ Tasted: July 2009

Hold the front page! Shock a rather pleasant bottling of Tullibardine! A quiet perfumed candied orange fruit perfume sits against a background of earthy wood notes along with some late vanilla oils and rich honey.

The palate is soft, opening with the vanillins, followed by some dunnage and marc like notes. The inherent dirtiness of the spirit is still there but it doesn’t dominate the palate like some bottlings I have tasted. It’s actually quiet drinkable (and I never thought I’d say that about Tulli!) Good intensity with the marc like notes increasing through to the finish. 

A drop of water brings out a touch of wool fat on the nose, whilst homogenising the palate. I’m quiet surprised that the marc like character is still so prevalent at this age and I still say it’s quiet drinkable if you like this style.

Dewar Rattray Tullibardine 1990 (21 year old) 46% – Sample at 58.6%

Bourbon Cask 6100/ Dist: 1990 Btl: 2011/ Tasted: Oct 2011

A classic, hard as nails Tulli! It’s an odd nose with hints of brine, animals, pepper, wool fat soap and mildly perfumed candle wax! – See what I mean. Yes it’s a Tulli and you either love it or hate it! 

The palate is oily, very bitter and at cask strength the alcohol is very intrusive. It opens with old coffee, burnt toffee and marc-like notes. The middle is very peppery with very pure decaying rose petal notes. Very hot, but I find myself actually liking it. Well I did after my tongue stopped burning!!! 

With water (an approximation of what it will be like at 46%). The nose has become a touch more floral perhaps with some hints of liquorice and more pepper. The palate on the other hand is still relatively oily but has become a whole lot less fun, if that is the right word! It’s reminiscent of old marc and personally I wish it had been bottled at cask strength.

Blackadder Raw Cask Tullibardine 1988 (17 year old) 57.1%

Sherry Butt 269/ Dist: Feb 1988 Btl: May 2005/ Tasted: July 2005

Clean, crisp and earthy with creamy maturing orange fruit and sherry wood spices and a touch of vanilla. Very mouth filling with plenty of juicy sherried citrus fruit leading into a powerful spicy middle. The alcohol masks the finish though. 

Water brings out hints of cinnamon and a slightly sulphurous/ vegetal note. However it makes the palate wionderfull soft and luxuriant with oodles of honeyed citrus fruit, a touch of lime and buckets of dry wood spices which definitely linger.

Alchemist Tullibardine 18 year old 46%

Bourbon/ Tasted: Apr 2011

A hard, slightly industrial and oily nose with hints of menthol and decaying, spicy rose petal marc. But…. There is some soft fruit, malt and brittle honey beneath. With time the aromas become almost gristy and sawdusty in character. 

The palate is light and marc-like and very peppery with some hard, brittle herbal-barley on the middle. The alcohol is mouth watering and intense but still very peppery. The finish is a tad hot and industrial and slightly tannic as the oak bites but those lovely peppery moments linger. An interesting and not altogether unpleasant bottling of Tulli, but it’s definitely of that style!