Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
20 years old
1st Fill Bourbon Barrels
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
15 Mar 2013 5:28 pm

Average value

€ 102.27

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175 × member ratings

297 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Tullibardine 20-year-old

33 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.36 points

  1. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tullibardine for me is rather unfamiliar territory. It’s one of those overlooked distilleries that deserve more of my attention. I got this one in a small tasting with one of my whisky friends and was very surprised by this 20yo fellow. It didn’t take to long before we both concluded this whisky is highly underrated in the average scores it got here at whiskybase.
    • Nose
      A nice oldskool nose. Musty, dusty and with tropical fruits like lychees, mango, apricot and green banana. It has a slight dryness in like fruitpeel. Dried spices like kardemom, coriander, ginger and cinnamon. There is a wee smokey hint as well. Toasted oak I’d say. Over time that musty layer becomes something that reminds me of soaked cardboard. Also wood polish and a whiff of leather appear after a while. Even freshness in like mint joins in. When giving it time the nose really becomes quite complex and there is a lot going on inhere.
    • Taste
      Sweet, smooth, oily and delicate. Great balance. On the palate it continues to give tropical fruits like ripe mango, zesty Banana peel and again lychees. The spiciness is a pushed little more to the background and it remains very mild. There is some wood polish and mild white pepper as well.
    • Finish
      In the medium length finish a very delicate layer of mild oak starts the party. After this the smokey wood I referred to in the nose, is back in the finish. It gives a nice cloudy feeling.

      I guess initially this is one of those love it or hate it kind of profiles. I certainly love it. It’s really a character on it’s own. There is nothing common about it. Something I’d consider buying a bottle in the future.

  2. dramspotter scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    These older Tullibardines are something of a revelation to me
    • Nose
      85 85
      spicy perfume
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84
      medium; pleasant and soft

  3. Martin1965 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Honey, vanilla, malt, slightly fruity (banana, citrus)
    • Taste
      Honey, malt, vanilla, cereals, also noticeably fruity
    • Finish
      Medium to long

      Pure bourbon whisky, great PLV
      Elegant and round

  4. Beaty-Tang scored this whisky 70 points Member Senior

    Phew no, this is really not well done. Unusually youthful on the nose - that almost reminds me of a young German whisky. Very fruity and still close to the new make. In the finish, oak and age show up, but not very harmoniously integrated. All in all, for me it's more whisky for the effect and less for the taste. If I include the price-performance ratio, the above subterranean rating comes out. No, I don't have to have it again.

  5. coldsun scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Very stable and solid whisky with notes of phenolic spicyness, vine, peaty smoke, salted cucumber, cold tea and dust. Taste is softer than nose with dusty and spicy cut.

  6. spawnkam scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Fresh fruits and apple marmalade.
    Honey, vanilla and toffee.

    The savour is sweet and salty.
    The structure is dry and the body is average.
    Fresh fruits, banana and apple marmalade.
    Honey, vanilla and toffee.

    The finish is strong but the length is medium.

  7. MM-Speyside scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      65 65

  8. linus scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      Oh, there we have a locked little boy in the glass
      Take your time, please
      Hard to elicit something from him, slight burning smell, some wood,
      He shows ripe redcurrants, a little pear, and sweet candy.
    • Taste
      78 78
      Light soap in the mouth right at the beginning, then mushy pear, again something burnt
      Wood, slightly bitter in the back
    • Finish
      78 78
      He stays a bit longer than the Souvereign, but it is not pleasant

  9. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Conclusion: a ripe ExBourbon whisky. I like it well without excitement and here too the PLV fits.
    • Nose
      On the nose vanilla, bright ripe fruit, light wood notes, oak shavings, floral, fragrant.
    • Taste
      Mouth: surprisingly restless. A bit spicy, but then beautiful full aroma, honey, oak also neat bitterness and some yoghurt, as in Souvereign.
    • Finish
      Finish: oak, cocoa, vanilla, some fruit, honey, mint and a bit sourish wood.

  10. Totoro scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    A cereal malt if I‘ve ever had one. Grains, oatmeal, dusty wheat. Malty as all hell, but rather un-fruity. Good if that’s your thing. Comes across a bit younger than its stated age.


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