Late October is the expected release date of our two Tullibardine casks.
The Bourbon Cask and Olorosso Sherry Butt were filled with spirit distilled only a few years after the distillery was re-opened. It will be a great opportunity to see what the new spirit is like coming out of the distillery following a reasonable maturation period of 10 years! It is also a wonderful opportunity to compare and contrast two spirits which were distilled at the same time but matured in totally different casks. Pictures of a dram from each cask illustrate the visual difference and the taste is even more profound…
About the Distillery
Located within the Highland Whisky region but sitting under Speyside in the Scottish midlands. The distillery is located in Auchterarder and enjoys a long history stretching as far back as 1488 where it was the site of an ancient brewery where King James IV bought ale on his way to Scone palace. The distillery proper was built in 1949 which makes it a relatively modern distillery. She takes her name from the Gaelic ‘Tullach Bhardainn’ meaning hill of warning and water from the supreme Danny Burn. The distillery currently lives outside the ownership of the big Whisky conglomerates, with its own cooperage, warehouse and bottling hall on site.
The reawakening and inspired Distillery Manager appointment
The distillery was reawakened following the 2003 acquisition. The distillery had been closed since 1995 until it was sold to an independent group of Whisky enthusiasts in 2003. Following the acquisition the distillery was brought under the assured management of John Black, a renowned figure in the Whisky industry with over 55 years of experience at some Scotland’s finest Single Malt distilleries including Cardhu, Glenburgie, Miltonduff, Ardbeg, Glencadam, Balblair, Pultney, Auchentoshan, Tormore, Ardmore, Scapa and finally Tullibardine. John unfortunately passed away in 2013.
The Sherry Butt
The Sherry Butt, number 34, was distilled on the 14th April 2006 and bottled in October 2016. The 10 year old Oloroso Sherry Butt produced a natural cask strength of 58.7% alcohol and elected to bottle just 200 bottles, non-chill filtered with no colourings.
A limited Edition 200 bottle release – each uniquely glass etched bottle has been numbered.
A maple syrup coloured dram which has taken wonderfully well from the Sherry Butt.
All the notes of a fruity blackberry baked tarte including sweet Scottish summer strawberries, orange peel with notes of chestnut honey, cinnamon and the slightest gingery heat. A smooth lingering aftertaste with dark chocolate and more of that delightful honey.
The Bourbon Cask
Our Bourbon Cask was distilled on the 14th April 2006 and bottled in October 2016, on the same day at the Sherry Butt release.
The 10 year old Bourbon Cask, number 35, produced a natural cask strength of 57.6% alcohol and elected to bottle just 150 bottles, non-chill filtered with no colourings.
A limited Edition 150 bottle release – each uniquely glass etched bottle has been numbered.
A peach golden honey coloured Whisky from our Bourbon cask is a light dram bursting with vanilla and pears.
The burgeoning fruity nose expresses ripe peach with the sweet syrup of canned pears. A shortcrust pastry pear tarte on the palate with vanilla, green apples and the slightest powdered coconut. A peppery aftertaste with lightly dusted chocolate and more sweet baked fruits.