Tullibardine: The Murray 2007

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Tullibardine have released the next expression in their Marquess Collection, a 2007 vintage bottled earlier this year at around 12 years old, at a cask strength of 56.6% ABV. Recent releases under the Marquess umbrella include a 2006 vintage Marsala cask finish and a 2005 vintage Châteauneuf-du-Pape red wine cask finish. This expression, however, departs from their recent foray into different cask finishes, and instead returns to a full ex-bourbon maturation, much like their previous 2004 and 2005 editions.

Master distiller, Keith Geddes, commented on the release, saying: “It is a pleasure to be introducing The Murray (2007), a golden expression which holds a bounty of wonderful aromas and flavours that work together in perfect harmony. It’s an exquisite liquid, handcrafted by the passionate workforce at our small, artisan distillery nestled at the gateway of the Highlands. The whisky has a sweet and subtle oaky character that delights the senses. We’ve had great interest in our previous releases within the collection, and we’re confident people will enjoy drinking this special Highland single malt.”

Tullibardine The Murray 2007
The Marquess Collection
Ex-bourbon barrels
56.6% ABV
£TBC Coming Soon

Nose: Fresh ginger, lemon peel, sawdust and sherbet dib dabs. Then pink wafers, icing sugar, coconut shavings, unripe banana and pineapple, candy sticks and apple core. Light and clean.

Palate: Quite gentle given the strength, with lemon meringue pie, lime oils, vanilla Angel Delight, yoghurt-coated banana chips, white flowers, some tropical notes – mango, lychee, and melon – and some freshly sawn oak underneath.

Finish: Drying, with fresh wood, sweet lemon, and a white pepper nip.

Overall: Much like the 2005 vintage which I reviewed a couple of years ago, this 2007 vintage is bright, clean, and very drinkable even at cask strength. After playing around with a couple of wood finishes, it’s a welcome return to straight up bourbon barrel maturation. The light, fruity spirit is complemented by the wood, providing a really moreish experience. It’s not hugely complex, but given the expected price point of around £50, it’s damn good value for money.

 

 

 

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