Scotch

Tullibardine 1987 Highland Malt, Single Cask, bottled 2005. 52.2% alcohol. I tried two of these Single Cask Editions, both from 1987. Located in Blackford in Perthshire and built on the site of an ancient brewery favored by King James. Perfume of orange peel, dried fruit and sherry, backed apples. Strong notes of honey, smooth with a long finish and a crescendo of flavors, the heat of the alcohol coming on with an explosion of complex fruit and pepper at the end. Cask #660. Hog’s Head barrel (half size) 240 bottles. Excellent! June 2012

I also tried Cask 558: At 57.8% alcohol, we had to add a drop of water to balance this one. It was powerful yet smooth at the same time. Very enjoyable and more rustic or exotic, it overpowered the first cask which was more pleasant to drink.


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