EXPLORE WHISKY OF THE MONTH
THE MURRAY, MARSALA CASK FINISH
MARQUESS COLLECTION, 2006 VINTAGE
HIGHLAND SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY, BOTTLED 2018
The Marquess Collection was created to celebrate the distillery's heritage and strong links with the hamlet of Tullibardine, a small village in Perth and Kinross, Scotland. The Murray expression is named after Sir William Murray, the 2nd Marquess (a British nobleman ranking above an earl and below a duke) of Tullibardine, who was a leading figure in the Jacobite uprising at the battle of Sheriffmuir. In 1745, Sir William was chosen to unfurl the Royal Standard at Glenfinnan, announcing the Prince as the rightful King of Scotland.
Since 1707, Scotland and England had been united, but not all Scots were happy with the merger. This led to the Jacobite uprising, a group of supporters to James Francis Edward Stuart, that wanted him returned to the Scottish throne. The uprising led to a civil war, and the battle of Sheriffmuir took place in 1715. The rebellion against the government ended unsettled with both sides claiming victory.
Tullibardine was first founded in 1798 and in operation that only lasted for one year. Throughout its lifetime, the distillery has closed down many times which led to various changes of ownership. In 2011, Picard Vins & Spiriteux, French wine and spirits group bought the distillery and is still the owner of Tullibardine today.
Released as part of the Tullabardine Marquess Collection, The Murray is a 2006 vintage Highland single malt Scotch Whisky, matured in first fill bourbon barrels and then transferred and finished following extra maturation in sweet Sicilian Marsala wine casks for its final 365 days of maturation. It’s the fourth whisky to join the Marquess Collection, having followed the Murray 2004, 2005 and the Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
Bottled at 46% ABV, The Murray Marsala Cask Finish single malt whisky was produced with a limited number and released in December of 2018 in the UK, and now here in Australia this July.
Rose-tinged appearance with oaky and spicy aromas on the nose. When tasted, the whisky is reminiscent of plump summer fruits, malted biscuits and chewy strawberry candy. Creamy orange lingers on the finish.
Nose: Fruit and Nut Dairy Milk, toasted vanilla pods and almonds, then a whack of stewed fruits; apples, plums and pears. There’s a bit of Juicy Fruit chewing gum, and underneath a bit of tannic spices; peppercorns, cinnamon and clove along with some dusty oak.
Palate: Very syrupy to start with; those stewed fruits return, along with cherries, blackcurrant cordial, prune juice and syrup of figs. There’s also a bit of chocolate orange, clove and a touch of espresso.
Finish: Moves into rather dark territory, with dark chocolate, black tea, toasted raisins, and some brambles.
Strength: ABV 46%
Bottle size: 700ml
Other: Natural cork stopper
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