The Marsala influence is really quite apparent, but doesn’t overpower the spirit too much…
Tullibardine The Murray Marsala Finish
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I first visited Tullibardine way back in 2006 when a Mr Michael Beamish owned the distillery. I came away from that meeting, tour and tasting with a healthy respect for the quality of the spirit and the finished product that was available then.
I was also flabbergasted that Mr Beamish was taken aback by my request to taste the new make and product. I also got that reaction from Glengoyne and Auchentoshan on the same trip. How times have changed.
The spirit was medium to full bodied, creamy malt to the fore and with a rather unique nuttiness to it. So to see it back in Aust again is most pleasing.
Tullibardine The Murray is a range of Bourbon based malts, called the Marquess Collection, that have been given extra maturation in various fortified wine casks. This Italian Marsala finish was first released in 2018 and has been described by the Edinburgh Whisky Blog as, “The Marsala influence is really quite apparent, but doesn’t overpower the spirit too much, with elements of the bourbon maturation coming through quite nicely. It does err on the syrupy, sweet side, particularly on the palate, so be warned, but the rich, earthy finish is rather satisfying”.