Single malt whisky - tasting notes

02 Nov 2012

Tullibardine 1990 (A.D. Rattray)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Tullibardine

Here’s another Tullibardine I tried some time ago. A very young distillery by the way, founded after WWII. In 1994 it was mothballed under White & Mackay ownership, until it was sold in 2003 to a consortium of businessmen. Since then, they’ve been gradually trying to improve the brand and the products.

 

Tullibardine 1990 cask #6105Tullibardine 18 yo 1990 (59,1%, A.D. Rattray 2009, bourbon cask #6105, 300 btl.)

Nose: slightly sharp but overall pretty easy, with malty notes, fruity notes (gooseberries, apple, pear) and a slightly grassy / oaky edge. Some orange essence and vanilla. White flowers. Quite mellow if not for the yeasty note in the background. Mouth: rather oily. A slightly strange combination of synthetic fruits (apple / peach), waxy notes and violets / potpourri. Also a peppery heat that’s a bit too heavy. Then lots of grasses, liquorice and young oak, leading to a bitter aftertaste. Finish: medium long, sourish and bitter with the same heat as in the mouth.

No no no, don’t let this waste your time. Around € 60. Guess what, it’s still available.

Score: 75/100

Tullibardine 1990 (A.D. Rattray) 2 Ruben Luyten 2012-11-02
  • Ricardo

    There are three interesting distillery bottles at The Whisky Exchange. Curious about these. Maybe if you get the chance?
    1966 bottled 2006 49.8%
    1964 bottled 2004 Cask #3359 44.6%
    1964 bottled 2006 Cask #3362 43.4%

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  • Tony: I wonder if the rest of the cask is the TWE 1981 just released with no cask number (and a similar though not identical strength)...
  • john marrinan: That is true, but to all intents and purposes a score of 87 is the same as a score of 90. I wouldn't be surprised if some of the maniacs scored it the
  • WhiskyNotes: It's not so much a matter of trusting a score as it is a matter of being able to relate to it.

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