Tullibardine finished their single malt on a 500 litre sherry butt (hence the name of this release), which previously contained the king of sherry: Pedro Ximenez. No word on age or vintage, though.
Ha! I just put my nose in the glass and immediately I am transported to the fairground. Pomme d’Amour (which translates into apples of love and sounds so much better than simply toffee apples, but it is the same). You know: the apples with a red caramel coating. Also loads of dark fruit and sugared almonds. It even has a green edge, as if from the bark of a young tree. Softly spiced.
Creamy on the palate. But soft. Nuts and dark fruit arrived first, followed by red berries, dades and rum raisins. Dark honey. Full of flavor, actually. Loads of spices as well. Cloves, cinnamon and a bit of pepper. Even reminds me a bit of chocolate.
The finish is a bit short in my opinion, but remains creamy on butterscotch and spices. At the death, the red berries reappear.
Quite a nice Tulli and the best of the new range in my book. Just under 40 EUR.