WhiskyBroker is one of the few independent bottlers that keeps offering fairly old casks at attractive prices. This Tullibardine 1986 is more than a quarter century old and was released in 2015 for less than 100 EUR. Where can you find such deals these days? While the nose can certainly be called fruity (think coconut and baked apples, but also a lost mirabelle plum), it is mostly herbal and surprisingly mineral. Cumin, camphor and flint – that’s what comes to mind mostly when nosing this malt. Then there is also a little note of wet newspaper that I am not so fond of. On the palate, the fruitiness is overpowered by all kinds of weird tastes that I would not immediately associate with whisky. Sure, the fruit is back and some typical woodspices and woodsmoke join in, but the wet newspaper is joined by moulded wood and rotting plants. In the finish, the coconut triumphantly returns to make some amends. Well, just a tad too many offnotes to be truly enjoyable without raising some eyebrows.