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The previous Tullibardine that was bottled by Malts of Scotland was a whopping 34 year old, distilled in 1980. Today they launched a very young one, only 7 years old, distilled in 2007. The old one came from a sherry cask, this youngling matured on a bourbon cask.
Holy shit, WTF!?! Excuse my French, but this nose is simply weird. But in a very pleasant way. White bread, yoghurt with apricots, sweet malt and a hint of nougat. Loads of garden herbs in the mix. Rosemary and cardamom. The white bread dominates and evolves after a while to – do not laugh – mashed potatoes. Truly! Water makes it a lot sweeter, like candy, but also somewhat farmy. I kid you not, I am reminded of goat skin. Weird!
It is hot on the palate. Peppery and very, very punchy. A kick to the teeth. I need to gulp in some air! Sweet, herbal and it definitely needs water. Then I (finally) get a fruity marmalade of peach, apricots and yellow plums. It does remains very herbal and spicy, though.
The finish is long and spicy and even becomes somewhat creamy, like butter.
What a lovely Tullibardine. Extra point for originality. I am pleasantly surprised by the complexity of this young whisky. But it needs quite a bit of water, in my book. Not even 50 EUR. Recommended!