If we set out to find the oldest brewing and distilling spot in Scotland, Tullibardine would definitely be in the running. Back in the 15th century, King James IV — a young, strapping lad — made a stop at the local brewery here on the way to his coronation. Heck, wouldn't you? This is recorded as the first "official" purchase of beer in kingdom (though we think it's fair to say that there were quite a few "unofficial" purchases being made at the time). The name Tullibardine means "vantage point" in Gaelic and originates from a little medieval chapel, set up in 1446 near the distillery.
The old brewery was transformed into a distillery back in about 1946 and has become a solid maker of Single Malt Whisky. They produce their signature Whisky, several finished "double-wood" Whiskies, and some older limited editions.
We’ve mentioned Tullibardine’s interesting naming system for their finished wood Scotch Whiskies before. They call their standard Single-Malt Sovereign and is a marriage of young and older Whiskies. The finished wood products are aged one more year in various barrels types and named for the size of the finishing barrel. Tullibardine 225 Sauternes Finish is so-called because the Sauternes Wine casks are traditionally 225 liters in size. It’s kind of like numbering a car model after its engine size.
Sauternes Wines are sweeter and more dense than their Bordeaux cousins. The net effect is like aging your Whisky in a cross between a Tawny Port cask and a young Sherry cask. The full-bodied Spirit that emerges is bright, light, and refreshing with a pretty pale gold hue and a rich citrus and pineapple flair that is just girl-next-door perfect.
This dram was awarded 95 points in the Ultimate Spirits Challenge and a Silver Medal from the International Wine and Spirits Competition… just say’in.
Smartass Corner: Sauternes Wine — like most great discoveries — happened by accident. There is a mysterious fungus — Botrytis cinerea, noble rot — that every once in a while infects a bit of the Sauvignon blanc grape harvest. It makes the grapes grow shriveled and small. The snobby winemakers used to throw the infected grapes away. But some enterprising folks discovered that it actually made a densely sweeter wine. Now these special grapes can be very expensive.
What does Tullibardine 225 Sauternes Finish Scotch taste like?
The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in Tullibardine 225 Sauternes Finish Scotch and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.
We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.
Scotch Whisky is seldom aged in new barrels. Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey casks are usually used for maturation. In addition to that, Whisky is often matured or finished in various wine casks such as Sherry or Port.
Enjoyed trying this. No earth shattering results was enjoyable and would probably buy again.
Reasonably smooth, sweet initial taste with a bit of spice. Flowery nose and responsive to dark chocolate.
Not a fan of this one.
Loved it. Wish I could get a bottle!
My favorite of the tasting box. Nicely balanced without a hint of smoke. Could be dangerous as it is so smooth. Very pleasant and true to its flavor wheel. A bit sweet, can easily be drank neat even for the initiated whiskey consumer.
A great Scotch
Good with a well balanced smoky flavor
Not for me. Was really excited, but I literally poured it back in the bottle and gave it to my father in law
This was my favorite among my Flavors of Scotch Vol 2 tasting box. I found I enjoyed it with just a splash of water more than neat, but I could see learning to enjoy it over time. Not sure I would buy it again, but it is a nice scotch.
This is a great scotch!
Quite nice. I'd give it 8 stars if it were ~$40
I love this stuff. Smooth, nice on the pallet, and a great finish. I will buy this one again. And again...
Not a fave. Very metallic notes.
A little sweet on the finish but a solid 7
This was a good drink. Smooth with a sweet finish. I’m not sure if I would buy it again because there are others I enjoy more.
Very different. Mild and smooth tones of vanilla. Great daily drinker
Citrus indeed, refreshing, indeed. But not for me. It feels so much like grapa. I don’t dislike grapa, but I don’t want grapa whiskey.
Very unique and refreshing!
Smooth but a little funky. Definitely got the grape/ pineapple. Similar to a grappa aroma.
Not bad just not to my liking
Starts off with a bite, mellows out and opens nicely with a bit of water. Not my favorite in terms of flavor, rather sweet without deeper complexity.
This is my kind of Whiskey
The Tasting Notes on the Flaviar site are pretty spot on. I could definitely smell the vanilla and taste the spiced orange. For me, it had a nice long spicy finish. I enjoyed it very much.
Sharp gracey taste. Not our favorite or that remarkable but still drinkable
Great balance with sweet ending
It is a very good, balanced, Single Malt Scotch Whisky that has an aromatic birth; while a spicy life leads to a long, rich & spicy death with notes of lemon.
starts off with a good bite, then a smooth burn but finishes with a sweetness I've never had from any liquor
Very smooth scotch. A note of plumbs with the oak.
Favorite of the tasting pack
Fantastic Scotch! A strong bite when served straight up, but, when mixed with a splash of soda, it becomes this smooth, full bodied drink. Grape forward, with hints of vanilla, and an oily feel, this scotch is my new favorite!
Ooh, this is good stuff. Great price point. I love Scotch! Scotch, Scotchy, Scotch.
Not for me, way too smokey for my taste.
Smoothest of the three, I'm finding Scotch is not for me.
Excellent. Smooth with a sweet finish.
Grape and pineapple pleasure the nose.
After adding a touch of water, the whole fruit and honey chapter was evident. It was very nice, light and I will enjoy it again
Smooth, sweet, fruity Finnish very good
Excellent whisky, after a few seconds in the mouth the fruity notes on the tongue came out. Would recommend
All I get is the spicy. Did not love it
This is an enjoyable scotch. It starts with a good burn but let it sit in some ice and you can really taste some fruity notes. Definitely resembles grapes when slightly watered down.
Easy to drink. The citrus comes across more than the other flavors
Pleasantly surprised as it came with the sample pack. Sweet but not overly so. A slight nutty aroma reminiscent of a pecan pie but not as overwhelming.
A bit different than most Scotch, gentle and smooth with delicate flavors, definitely easy to sip. Light nose, with hints of sweetness and late harvest grapes. The real fun is on the tongue, when the malt and Sauternes flavors subtly interact and harmonize. Not overly sweet, but enough to enjoy tastes of grape with hints of pineapple and grapefruit adding balance. More grape and a bit of spice on the smooth and brief finish. Overall rather sublime and interesting. I was looking to try something a little out of the ordinary, this is actually very enjoyable and much better than I expected.
I’m normally a huge fan of wine finishes on my scotch. This was good, but not great. Definitely grape on the front, with a mild, fruity sweetness that lingered pleasantly.
Came in a taster the card shows a different spice then here on there site. A good smooth sipper. I did not find it to spicy just right
Subtle spice, light sweetness, a little fruit, it balances well and makes a great drinkable whisky. Better warmed in the hand than chilled.
Light and sweet on the nose, almost nothing at all. Citrus fruits mingle with vanilla. Finishes almost biscuity with hints on grape and a bit of spice through out. It’s different. I’m not sure that’s good.
Meh, flavor was too simple for me. Felt one like one note. Otherwise was fine.
Really like this. Vanilla
And citrus. Almost creamy.
Not a lot happening up front but the finish hits hard and lasts for a while. Strong pastry, buttery, sugary notes. Hints of pineapple but other than that not much fruit like the tasting notes would suggest. Would buy a bottle.
Very nice. Sweet taste with a sense of orange, juice and vanilla
Great Flavor easy to drink.
My favorite of the 3 samples. Just enough fruit for me to enjoy it.
Boring. Very little flavor
Very nice sweet taste
Good aftertaste, very smooth enjoyed the grape and pineapple but lacked complexity
Strange taste. Did not care for it.
Tasted a little flat. Didn’t love the grape flavor.
Surprising. A bit sweet, but smooth and a nice addition for something different.
Nice legs spicy pineapple citrus with a light lingering butter
It definitely has a grape twist to it. Especially the aftertaste. I liked it. Going to add it to my list of bottles to buy.
Citrus, early spice
Really complex, very smooth. Just a touch of smoke. Liked it a lot.
Amazing smooth finish!
Smooth and creamy
Love the combination of citrus and spice, yet still a smooth and sweet finish. Not too harsh, one of my favorites actually. Pleasantly surprised with this being included in my tasting box!!!
Somewhat boring; but what a speecyspicy kick to finish
Citrusy and a bit spicy with a long sweet finish. Smooth on the tongue. Nice vial in my tasting box
Starts off fairly unimpressive but really enjoyed the finish a lot.
Solid scotch. Not particularly interesting, but very good.
Sweet flavor on the start, otherwise unique the rest of the way.
Odd bouquet not very appetizing, but light and fruity taste is nice. Very smooth finish, no bite to it. This is the girl who’s not much to look at, but has a good personality and isn’t annoying. Would drink, wouldn’t buy.
Love the "girl" analogy!!!
Deep tastes of dark fruit. Sweet but not overwhelmingly so. It has a gentle heat with a lingering peppery finish.
Beautiful smooth ending. A little metallic to start, not the best bouquet.
Nice and smooth and very approachable.
A great summer or warm weather scotch.
This is an interesting scotch. It's enjoyable even though I typically go for more smoky scotch. It's very different from what I'm used to, but I can see the appeal. There's a powerful vanilla cream smell and a buttery smooth taste. It seems like a holiday season drink to me. After a while, the vanilla smell gets a little overwhelming and I've had enough, so I can't give it a higher rating.
Very Smooth, citrus notes, good summer scotch if that's a thing
Mild with a slight metallic taste.
Not really a fan of this one
I've tasted many, and hated almost none...but I have to say I'm not a fan of this one. At the risk of sounding less than eloquent, this has a funky taste. It's weird on the nose, weird on the palette, and weird on the finish. I've never rated a scotch less than 5, and I gave this one a 6. It's just a bit bizarre. Everything you tend to love about scotch is turned a bit sideways with this expression.
very smooth, slight smoke but very nice aromas on nose before drinking
Yum! Slight smokiness, balanced, not sweet.
I am a huge fan of the peaty smoky scotches but when I tasted this Sauternes finished single malt it was time to cheat on the peat.
I'm torn. I like the grape and orange tones, the fruitiness is good, a little peat? in it? Also a bit of a bite at the end, still mulling this one over. May have to have another glass or two. Still doesn't equal Auchentoshan in my book but a good second.
MY #1. AN ABOVE TOP SHELF SCOTCH. THE SPICED ORANGE PUT THIS OVER THE TOP. THE FINISH IS SMOOTH , SWEET AND A LITTLE SPICE. I ALWAYS TRY TO KEEP A FEW EXTRA BOTTLES ON HAND.
Obvious comparison to Glenmorangie Nectar d'Or, this is a little less sweet, but also has less of the fruitiness of the Sauternes cask as well. Still, a great after dinner scotch.
An interesting diversion, I occasionally, I like a Port barrel aged Scotch, This was a lighter alternative to that. The slightly lighter/sweeter finish of this Scotch is refreshing, which is not a word typically associated with a Scotch.
havent tried it
absolutely top shelf !!!!! this is the best I've enjoyed in years. this is now my favorite, bar none !!!!!1
Sweet finish. Smoky in the front. Vanilla notes throughout. Very respectable scotch for the experienced drinker.
was under the impression that Tullibardine distillery was mothballed. Anyone know when it re-opened? Fell in love with the brand back in mid nineties, and am sure this will be well worth the wait.
I think, that for one gratis bottle, I'd give it a truly rave and glorious review.