A no messing 2nd fill ex-bourbon barrel maturation for this 11 year old Tullibardine. Juicy, Oak & Vanilla profile.
Nose: Big on the fruits with orange peels, orange marmalade and raspberry jam. Rose water (Turkish delight) adds floral sweetness and sits with toffee and creamy strawberry sorbet. Water brings out more of the underlying floral notes of the spirit – fresh cotton and water lilies.
Taste: Quite unctuous and oily with both ripe and reduced strawberry and cranberry. Pastry and tart cases join Eton mess and framboise for more dessert-like goodness. In the back palate, strawberry cordial and developing creamy texture. Reduction adds some cherries (clearly this was not fruity enough before) as well as ground ginger.
Finish: Medium with a scattering of berry fruits and ginger spicing.
A seriously summery Tullibardine packed full of delicious fresh bight fruits. The ABV is quite pokey – but this takes water well, offering up delicate florals on the nose and sensitive spicing on the palate. Solid.