spiced orange
vanilla cream
lingering sweet
Spiral Tullibardine 225 Sauternes Finish Scotch
225 Sauternes Finish
Tasting Notes
Appearance / Color
Bright Gold     
Nose / Aroma / Smell
Orange and grapefruit zest, vanilla cream, allspice, and cocoa butter 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
The tingle of spiced orange candy, marmalade, dried pineapple and milk chocolate
Lingering sweet spice and lemon 

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Girl-next-door perfect Whisky

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 IVa 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 is 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 Competitionjust 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. 
  • Style
    Single Malt Whisky
  • Region
    Highland Whisky
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225 Sauternes Finish

(0.75l, 43.0%)

Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Tullibardine 225 Sauternes Finish Scotch
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.
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