- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- The Marquess Collection
- Châteauneuf-du-Pape Finish
- 46.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottle code
- Added on
- 21 Apr 2018 8:32 am by Norbs
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Whisky Reviews for Tullibardine 2005 - The Murray
10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.22 points
- Works like the logical evolution of the 228th Certainly not a bad whisky, but I miss so a bit of character and complexity. That's not really true.
Various citrus fruits, grapefruit, orange peel, kumquats. Besides, I clearly have beech charcoal, not the smoke, the cold pieces of coal. Then a few lighter fruits, apricot, and a few cherries and a few nuts and cocoa notes. The alcohol is not very well involved, and stings something.
Fairly watery mouthfeel, easy onset, again the citrus fruits from the nose, and a nice nut / caramel note. The cherries are back. Fresh garden herbs from the oak.
Short finish. Now the oak will be bitter / spicy. The oranges and grapefruit are still around for a while, as are the nuts and cocoa notes.
- Smell 80
- I had this whisky as a blind sample provided by a friend.
I noticed a slightly smoky whisky in drinking strength with clear barrel notes. Delicious but not too complex. Relatively intense spicy and herbal aromas both in the nose and on the palate with a pleasantly long finish.
Despite the description I did not spot any redwine notes whatsoever. The fruity aromas were somewhat masked by the pretty dominant cask.
Nutty and fruity aromas (dried apricots, citrus peel); oak barrel, a hint of rose water; a light alcohol nose. Some spices (clove, cinnamon, star anise) and herbaceous notes. I do notice some smoky notes in that whisky that might also derive from the cask. Quite pleasant overall.
Really nice mouthfeel, the taste is dominated by the dry tannic notes that come from the cask. Some cold ash, as well as bitter orange peel and lime. Very harmonious and quite pleasant.
Long and ashy, a little fruit (again the orange); dark wood notes and some sweetness.
In 2016, Tullibardine launched their so-called Marquess Collection, in honor of Lord William Murray, the marquess of Tullibardine. In this case, it’s a whisky from 2005 that – after a regular maturation – kissed the inside of a nice wine cask from the famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape region. It appeared in 2018, so it matured for some 12 years.
Next to some summery fruit, the nose offers a very candy-like note of gummi bears and citric acid sweets. The fruit – in the guise of mango and mandarin – has a hard time shining through, but that does not make this nose any less pleasant. But I must confess that I hardly find any notes of the wine cask, bar a somewhat drying touch in the back.
The arrival is oily and quite feisty. Ginger and chili peppers precede the sweet fruit. I do get some wine notes now. It gives the malt a dry, bittersweet touch – which I like – that counter foots the candy-like sweetness enough. Add some oak and you have a quite balanced malt. The second sip offers more sweet and sour notes, which I translate into ‘the cask has put its foot down’. But it works.
The finish is fairly long, sweet and sour with spices.
Quite an interesting dram and with a price tag of around 50 EUR, this deserves a spot in my cabinet.
- I've had this great dram the first time in a cigar whisky cafe. The dram lasted me an hour at that time and evolved into something spectacular for me. That spectacular I had to get it myself.
Colour: Golden red.
Nose: Red fruit, sweet red apple juice, turkish rose. (22 points)
Body: Medium, tiny bit oily. (20 points)
Palate: Apples, nutty and sweet spices. (20 points)
Finish: apple fading away, the sweet spices staying quite long, little of the nuttiness. (21 points)
Total of 83 points. Lovely dram!