WHISKY OF THE MONTH
TULLIBARDINE // HIGHLAND SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
SAUTERNES CASK FINISH
TULLIBARDINE // THE DISTILLERY
Having started its life as a Brewery, the history of Tullibardine is one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, dating back to the 15th century with their story beginning in 1488, when a young King James, IV of Scotland, stopped by before his Coronation to purchase beer from the local brewery. Located pretty much half way between Stirling and Perth on the A9 (for those who are familiar with UK roads), it’s also practically next door to Gleneagles golf course (for our golf enthusiasts!). As a brewery Tullibardine was known for producing fine beer as a result of the direct local water source and by 1503, the King had granted them a royal charter.
Fast forward Four Hundred and Forty-Four years to 1947, and William Delmé-Evans began converting the original brewery into the Tullibardine Distillery. Upon testing the water from the nearby springs, Delmé-Evans knew he had found the perfect location for distilling whisky!
The water originates in the surrounding Ochil Hills, drawn from the Danny Burn and was formed here over 400 million years ago with layers of basalt and red sandstone. The hills are also well known for the gold that was once mined from them. The clear water used in production takes 15 years to reach the Danny Burn and it’s so incredibly pure that in 1979, Highland Spring water bottlers began to bottle this same water suitable for retail in the UK.
As a family-owned, independent distillery, Tullibardine believes in doing things the traditional way, respecting their heritage and continue to handcraft their Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky today.
Once the whisky has been distilled, Tullibardine then selects Sauternes barriques (or barrels for the rest of us) from Chateau Suduiraut, Bordeaux, France and the cooper then tend to the wood. Only the finest first fill casks are used to impart maximum flavour and colour. This is important as, during the whisky-making process, up to 70% of the flavour and colour will come from the wood.
With the addition of the Tullibardine bottling plant, they are now one of the few distilleries in Scotland to distil, mature and bottle all on site, giving complete control over the process.
SAUTERNES CASK FINISH
Matured in first-fill ex-Bourbon barrels and finished in 225 litre Sauternes barrels for a further period of maturation, the finished whisky has a distinct Sauternes flavour which is typically a sweet white wine with beautifully balanced complexity. If you’ve not yet tried a Sauternes, we strongly recommend you try some – it’s best enjoyed chilled and amazingly delicious after dinner with cheese (or dessert)!
THE WHISKY // TASTING NOTES
Appearance: Bright gold
Aroma: Orange and grapefruit zest, vanilla cream, allspice and cocoa butter.
Taste: A touch of dried pineapple, citrus flavours, a tingle of spiced orange candy, marmalade and milk chocolate.
Finish: Medium to long and holds that beautiful Sauternes quality right to the very end.
Strength: ABV 43%
Bottle size: 700ml
Other: Natural cork stopper
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