The new batch from Maltbarn includes an Invergordon 1972, a Clynelish 1995 and this Tullibardine 1989. I decided to start with the one I have the least experience with.
Tullibardine 27 yo 1989 (51,1%, Maltbarn 2016, bourbon cask, 134 btl.)
Nose: a fairly neutral profile. White gummi bears, aromatic peaches, a little vanilla custard and something of a scented wax candle. Green apples, maybe a hint of kiwi. Nicely fruity, subtle floral touches – rather classic.
Mouth: again a good dose of fruitiness, with a bit more minerality now. Honey, sweet lemon, yellow grapefruit, with some pepper and ginger. A tad nervous. Hints of cinchona, maybe a little wasabi. Interesting power considering the smooth nose.
Finish: rather long, gingery, with plenty of zesty notes.
A nice Tullibardine with nervous, zesty, Clynelish-esk touches. Not a distillery we get to try often (and not always winners) but this one is all good. Should arrive in stores soon. Around € 170.