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Tullibardine 1992 Sauternes Wood Finish

Apricots on syrup

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

19th Jul 2011


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After the succesful encounter with the Tullibardine 1993 Moscatel Wood Finish, I felt another wine finish was in order. This time, I'm trying the sweet Sauternes Wood Finish. The bottle says it was distilled in 1992 and bottled at 46% ABV in 2010. The color is a beautiful, full gold.

The nose is sweet as candy. That must have been one hyperactive Sauternes cask! Citrus, honey and something vegetal that I cannot quite pinpoint. Crispy. Loads of grain.

It's very oily and soft. The wine definitely left it's mark on this whisky, but it's not at all winey. Sweet apricots on syrup and quince, sprinkled with some white pepper. And a magnificent trace of smoke.

The finish is long, mildly peppered and dies on sweet fruits.

Stangely enough, I also spotted a bottle from 1993, bottled in 2008, that mentioned Sauterne (without the 's' at the end) on the label. Such inaccuracies should be spotted by the marketing department, before the label goes into print, no? Anyway, that doesn't diminish the fact that this whisky is at least as good as the Moscatel Wood Finish. And a perfect dram to savour during a sunset.

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