The history of Tullibardine for distilling and brewing is one of the oldest in Scotland. Located in Blackford, the gateway to the Highlands, it was here in 1488 that the young King James IV of Scotland stopped by on his way to his coronation, to purchase beer from the local brewery. This is recorded as the first public purchase of beer. In 1947 the brewery was converted to a distillery.
As well as the easy access from the north and the south making it a perfect location for distilling, there is also a plentiful supply of fresh spring water from the surrounding Ochil hills. The hills are also well known for the gold that was mined from them.
“We are getting to the stage where Tullibardine is now becoming one of the true great single malts of Scotland” Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2008
Barrels, or ‘Barriques’ as they are called in Bordeaux, vary in volume from one region to another because of tradition and the local history of winemaking. In Bordeaux a ‘Barrique’ holds 225 litres. After a long maturation in ex bourbon oak casks, the Tullibardine 225 Sauternes Finish was re-casked into 225 litre Sauternes barrels from the well known Chateau Suduiraut, a Premier Cru Classe.
A wonderful golden whisky with interesting citrus flavours, cereal notes and vanilla; there is a touch of pineapple and orange peel on the finish which is medium to long.
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*Info taken from bottle