2008 Tullibardine 10 Year Old "Sovereign" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) SKU #1380529

Price: $49.99

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Tasting Notes

Tullibardine is a small distillery in the village of Blackford, gateway to the Highlands. Its history goes back to the 15th century as a brewery of fine beers. In fact, its first royal charter for beer was established in 1503. Its modern history as a distillery is quite a bit younger, but no less well-received. Founded as a distillery in 1949 by architect William Deelme-Evans, the distillery offers an intimate visiting experience. While the property has changed hands a number of times over the years, it has come to be a family-owned company. The Picard family took over in 2008 and purchased the facility outright in 2011. They've invested heavily in the distillery and are the stewards of Tullibardine's best whiskies yet to be released. After the spectacular reception of Tulli's cask strength release, The Murray, we were thrilled to find this beautiful independent cask of 10-year-old, a first crack at the distillery for K&L. It possesses all of the finest qualities of The Murray, but comes in at $25 less. The natural floral and rich oily qualities of the malt shine through and play perfectly with a nutty, salty, and savory flavors of fresh cut hay.

Staff Reviews

  • Anthony Russo
    By: Anthony Russo
    K&L Staff Member
    Great softness combined with a sweet malty flavor profile makes for a phenomenal everyday whiskey. With hints of almonds and dried peaches, there is no shortage of complexities in this approachable (price and flavor) whiskey. Great for lovers of Speyside who want to try something a bit more intense.
  • Jackson Lee
    By: Jackson Lee
    K&L Staff Member
    Pouring a small, light golden dram into my glass in a large, empty room, the aroma instantaneously enticed me, like the vapor took the shape of a hand and made the, “come hither,” motion under my nose. Sweet honeyed apples wafted up from the glass on the heat of the alcohol. Once it had time to settle, I got other notes of buttery, light brown sugar underneath a bit of oak. A floral note floated above everything else, reminding me of white flowers or the way Hawaii smells. While the heat dissipated on the nose, the cask strength took its toll on the palate and I would recommend adding a little splash of water to help access the delicate tasting notes hiding behind the ABV. I got notes of graham cracker and with the addition of a bit of water came a dark caramel with oak spice and roasted apples; definitely a nice selection to get you through the holidays.
  • David Othenin-Girard
    By: David Othenin-Girard
    K&L Staff Member
    The odd and loveable little distillery in the Southern Highland is so compact and quaint it's almost laughable. The distillery is right off the road in the tiny town of Blackford and the visitor center is at the far end of a little mini-mall next to a Baxters. They've done a great job to take this tiny space and create a veritable Single Malt experience, but crossing over the little burn to the distillery you notice how incredibly tight the space actually is. The distillery's French owners sell most of the malt in France and this is the first Tulli we've ever bought. This whisky fits perfectly in a difficult to hit under $50 price point and offers some serious highland character. I highly recommend a drop of water as the first nosing has a malty gravelly quality, while the palate is full of bright fresh citrus fruit. With a drop of water the earthy grain falls completely away and you're left with a perfect little aperitif style malt that brings just the right amount of subtle floral quality, pure cereal notes and zippy citrus peel. The texture is creamy with a little hint of Szechuan pepper to keep it from feeling cloying. If you're a fan of a malt driven style and don't mind a bit of an aperitif in the afternoon, this will be the perfect whisky for you.
  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    K&L Staff Member
    I get asked all the time what my favorite whiskey is. It's an impossible question to answer without a lot of context caveats, but what does hold true for any candidate in the "best whiskey" category is they offer value. This gem from Tullibardine offers extreme value. For 50 bucks, this hits so many high points. It's fresh and full of bright fruit. It offers a huge spectrum of flavors from a salty earthy tone straight through cut grass, caramel, cereal grain, and white florals. All the while it has the full and oily texture you'd expect from any Highland Scotch. While we still have a little warm weather, this is at the front of my liquor cabinet; a perfect afternoon whiskey!
  • Neal Fischer
    By: Neal Fischer
    K&L Staff Member
    I've always had an appreciation for the bottlings that trickle out of Tullibardine, and in my opinion there are never enough. This cask chosen by Signatory lives up to my expectations with a nose of vanilla bean, heavy cream, cedar wood, red licorice, great floral notes of rose and lilac, and a nutty almond quality. The palate has more spice presence with clove and cinnamon, and an addition of water brings out these spices even more revealing cayenne and also adds a nice viscosity.
  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a single malt for someone who is looking for an easy to drink and enjoy whiskey. The nose is sweet and waxy with a very subtle savory nuances. In the mouth it is mouth coating , round and rich, with a juicy malt liveliness.It offers all of this but it is not too heavy or out of balance.


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