Tullibardine 500 Sherry Cask Finish

Tullibardine 500 Sherry Cask Finish

(0.75l, 43%)


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There’s just something special about a Sherry finished Highland single malt.
 
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 man — stopped in to the local brewery here on the way to his coronation. The old brewery was transformed into a distillery back in 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.

Tullibardine has a unique naming system for their finished wood Scotch Whiskies. 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 barrel types and named for the size of the finishing barrel. Tullibardine 500 Sherry Finish is so-called because the Sherry casks are traditionally 500 liters in size. And if you don’t mind us saying, there’s just something special about a Sherry finished Highland single malt. In 2019, it was one of the most liked expressions in our community, earning it a 2020 Flaviar Award.

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The name Tullibardine means "vantage point" in Gaelic and originates from the name given to a little medieval chapel on a hill near the distillery that dates back to 1446.

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caramel
apple
pear
burnished
figs
dates
dark fruit
sherry
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Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color 
Burnished bronze

Nose / Aroma / Smell 
Notes of toffee and granola, followed by a touch of apples and figs.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The opulent palate opens with flavors of dates and evolves into notes of slated toffee and luscious spiced pear.

Finish 
Smooth and delicate finish.

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Ratings & Reviews
Simon
Simon,
I originally marked this much lower, but after a couple of months, this has really mellowed and is actually a very nice drop, especially for the price. Strong sherry and fruit, quite smooth, a perfect everyday dram.
 
Jan
Jan,
Top Flask
 
morgan
morgan,
little to strong tast for me..
 
Sunni
Sunni,
Fruity, easy drinker.
 
Jan
Jan,
Easy drinking. Sweet notes, those who don't like peaty will love it.
 
Mikael
Mikael,
Great taste. Classic single malt
 
Richard
Richard,
Super sweet caramel and a lovely warm feel
 
Will
Will,
Delicious and so easy to drink
 
Eric
Eric,
Was not a fan. Tried with and w/o a cube. Dumped it. Although I have been leaning recently towards bourbon, I still like a good scotch, like The Macallan 12. Just no comparison.
 
Stefan
Stefan,
Sweet, Caramel definitely in there, with some Nuts in the afterburner. Nothing to special, but definitely a nice Whisky to enjoy.
 
Kiril
Kiril,
A really different and surprising taste for me. It is definitely a different experience, but not my favorite taste so far.
 
niall
niall,
sweet like nectar of fuscia sooked out from the stem
 
Simon
Simon,
I got this as my 'free' quarterly bottle. I'm not disappointed for the price it would be but can say much for it either. To me it's more sherry than caramel - a definite whiff of sulphur like the Macallan 12 but nowhere near as strong...just like the flavour, which is also nowhere near as strong. Not terribly smooth. I'll happily drink it but won't be buying another.
 
Travis
Travis,
Strong caramel smell. Goes down very smooth to the point where you really have to work to get the subtle flavor notes. Forgettable if you’re not paying attention
 
Yordan
Yordan,
Not great or terrible, it lacks flavor and complexity.
 
Kenneth
Kenneth,
Loved this! Slightly sweet, easy on the pallette, crisp apples, very smooth finish.
 
Stephen
Stephen,
Definitely a sherry note on the nose. Overall very nice drink. Easy drink with a mild finish.
 
Barry
Barry,
Very smooth tasting whiskey.
 
Martin
Martin,
Absolutely loved this - smooth and slightly sweet, but very drinkable. No peat or smoke, just a very delicious drop.
 
ZEBULON
ZEBULON,
Very drinkable
 
Steven
Steven,
Sweet; nice fruit
 
Terry
Terry,
No, nope, nada...just not a scotch drinker. Sorry
 
Alexander
Alexander,
Great whiskey with a sweeter aftertaste.
 
William
William,
Very nice. Reminds me of The Glenrothes somewhat, which is one of my favorites. Would buy again!
 
Barry
Barry,
it's a nice smooth tasting whiskey.
 
Derrick
Derrick,
Nose: spiced apple, oatmeal Palate: smooth. Woody, slight smoke. Buttery texture. Finish: earthy wood and buttery. Aftertaste leaves quickly
 
Timothy
Timothy,
...
 
Kenneth
Kenneth,
Very nice, I love the sweetness of it.
 
Willow
Willow,
Wow. What a palate pleaser! Smooth, easy, perfect amount of sweet balanced with roasted nuts. Got this as a tasting box and definitely buying a bottle!
 
Nathan
Nathan,
I wasn’t able to discern much in this. There definitely wasn’t anything wrong with it but the flavor profile was too subtle for me as a newbie.
 
David
David,
The sweetness of the sherry just works.... nice
 
Richard
Richard,
A Highland drop wearing speyside clothing. A painting by numbers speyside. An impersonation of speyside. Take your pick! Given the cost, this is an accessible and easy drinking Christmas cake of a glass and a decent introduction to the style. All the flavours are here - brown sugar and caramel and nuts and generic spice and vanilla - but not integrated or lasting. I liked it and accept its limitations.
 
Reese
Reese,
Good but not as good as one of the Macallan 12s.
 
Raoul
Raoul,
Nice, but nothing special
 
Mathew
Mathew,
This goes down like water, just that smooth. I definitely recommend this to anyone. Definitely one of my new favorites. I will be buying this again and again.
 
Alex
Alex,
If you’re not into the peaty, smoky whiskies, try this one! It’s excellent, the figs and dates come on strong in the aroma with the apple and pear to follow on the nose.
 
Cormac
Cormac,
Tried this a while back with a cube of ice and didn’t enjoy it, I’ve revisited it neat and that’s when I fell in love with it.
 
Xavier
Xavier,
It's a nice whisky, good taste, good aroma. But it is a usual whisky it did not surprise me in anyway
 
Lisa
Lisa,
Very smooth. Great flavor.
 
William
William,
Very approachable single malt, fruit forward for beginners. Tasting notes on point!
 
Serna
Serna,
Excellent , doux fruité . Cadeau déguster sans attendre et vraiment pas déçu . Un moment agréable avec une bonne bouteille 👍
 
Jacqueline
Jacqueline,
Good aroma, good taste. Not a bottle I would buy though
 
Sam
Sam,
A good introduction to the sherry cask whiskies, but better ones to be found overall.
 
Cameron
Cameron,
Delicious
 
Tadeusz
Tadeusz,
I really enjoyed this bottle, but in fact prefer more stronger taste
 
Mark
Mark,
Reasonably smooth but quite bland. Not much in the way of sherry flavors or anything else of note really. A disappointment compared with other sherry cask whisky I've had.
 
Laurence
Laurence,
Found this to be quite bland - it's very creamy and smooth, but the sherry hasn't imparted much flavour. Tullibardine produce a quality spirit, but this needs a longer maturation.
 
Alicia
Alicia,
Great taste Perfect blend
 
Ian
Ian,
Bought as a gift for my Dad...he totally loves it!
 
Bruce
Bruce,
Smoot
 
Angel
Angel,
Nice but too sweet to me
 
Roland
Roland,
I’m a true novice with Scotch. However, I do agree with many aspects of other reviews. I’m just getting into the game so excuse any amateurish insights. Light in color; smooth barely syrupy mouthfeel, peppery/heat on finish but certainly far from unpleasant. Sweet but not overly so. More tastes - detecting some wood flavors. Some raisin/dried fruit in later sniffs. Pleasant start to my journey. (1/12) 1 down 11 to go in my Whiskey Tasting set.
 
Scott
Scott,
Bold, caramel flavor with a sweet finish.
 
Angel
Angel,
Rich dark fruits, raisins and chocolate. Hint of cream soda and dry plum. Perhaps a little more complex for my palate but a sherry extravaganza nonetheless.
 
Brendan
Brendan,
Sweet and fruity, but too one-dimensional. Some extra time in oak would help this out a lot.
 
Clint
Clint,
Very delicious. Sweet and strong
 
Zacheus
Zacheus,
A little too peaty for my tastes, though very complex and interesting.
 
Calvin
Calvin,
Good stuff!
 
Ross
Ross,
Full flavoured with rich notes of malt, caramel, tobacco, chocolate and hints of orchard fruit, great rich malt stands up to much pricier malts with ease.
 
Pietro
Pietro,
Let’s start saying it was my first Single Malt Whisky. Starting with the smell was already an experience it self, it calls you to try it! When you taste it it has such a huge different from keeping it in your mouth to swallow it. The caramel was very well balanced, not to sweet but very tasty. The “under-taste” of the Apple and tue Pear is both in the smell and the taste, is just perfect. Is not my kind of drink maybe, but surely it was good! “Is worth every single penny” as some might say. I really enjoyed it!
 
Jaakko
Jaakko,
Colour very fine light honey. Light on the nose. Doesn't hit you that hard to begin with. Hard to pinpoint any particular notes. First taste is impressive, but it sort of goes downhill from there. Vanilla/banana (I always mix the two), something like cognac, bark, wood chips? Not that many particulars but a good sippable spirit. I'd offer this after a meal to a not-so-discerning audience for good success or sip this when I'm in the mood for something simple. Nothing to write home about but usable.
 
Thomas
Thomas,
Great whisky,smooth with a nice sherry taste
 
Simon
Simon,
Smooth and slightly sweet but wanted more sherry and flavours.
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
Meh
 
Stuart
Stuart,
Superb balance, fresh and smooth. Highly recommend.
 
Mark
Mark,
Tasting Notes 1. Door county candy store 2. Sharp and hot 3. Fruit apple 4. Grilled steak 5. Metallic 6. Cooked sugar Thin but smooth although a bit hot to the back of the throat and an initial spice that tingles the lips. A drying effect to the gums. Hot on the tongue. Short finish. It really changed over the course of tasting. Not unpleasant with some interesting flavors but not an overly enjoyable sipper.
 
Sergey
Sergey,
Very strong on sherry, lovely drink
 
Martin
Martin,
Very smooth lovely taste, i would say the best drink i have tasted in a long time, highly recommend people try if they have not yet.
 
Ben
Ben,
Okay, but doesn’t really have a lot to it
 
Rene
Rene,
Has a very caramel forward taste. A bit of vanilla at the end with a sherry finish. Refined and bold
 
Niklas
Niklas,
Very very nice
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Really enjoyed this. Incredibly smooth at the first sip
 
Timothy
Timothy,
Well from this "vantage point" I declare this dram nice but not exactly noteworthy or memorable. The nose: candied raisins and figs upon mild wooded notes. Taste: musty soft wood draped in syrup and peppered pears with some lighter gala apple influence and a hint of caramel. It bites a little bit but not enough to make you think it is more than what it is. Finish: there is a more pronounced essence of alcohol, something like a reduced whiskey sugar glaze over warm apples. The essence of wood notes turn into that of lightly roasted unsalted nuts. The finish lingers nicely and not so lightly. It was a good finish. Verdict: I do not own any Scotch whiskys but I do enjoy them. I could see myself owning this bottle. A little bit of air and time could possibly turn this into something bigger.
 
Jeffrey
Jeffrey,
Flavorful but not overwhelming. Really enjoyable.
 
Brian
Brian,
Delicious
 
Zachary
Zachary,
Flavor is good. The finish is incredibly smooth.
 
Rex
Rex,
Very nice. Great flavor. Smooth sipper.
 
Dan
Dan,
I really like this Scotch. Great flavor, just a touch of burn on the backside.
 
Angela
Angela,
Dynamic but a little sharp for me. The apple and Carmel are apparent. Good flavor but I wish it finished differently.
 
Rocco
Rocco,
Good! Guuuuud!
 
Ron
Ron,
Too funky
 
David
David,
Good sherry single malt
 
Chris
Chris,
Delightfully smooth. The finish is almost...nutty? Which isn't my personal favorite, but it's quite nice all the same. So far as scotches go, this one is one of my favorites so far.
 
brad
brad,
Rich and sherry heavy. One of the more recent reviews described it as oily and sweet. I would concur with that, but definitely in a good way in my opinion. This one has become one of my favorites.
 
Tom
Tom,
Good mouth feel, thick on the tongue. Oily, sweet, good aftertaste.
 
Brett
Brett,
Delicious toffee apple on the nose. Strong, somewhat lingering burn and significant spice to start on the palate, but yields to really nice flavors of caramel and fruit on the finish.
 
Rene
Rene,
Smooth. Nose had apples. Caramel for sure...too much for my taste. Some sherry at the finish. I would not personally recommend it to anyone looking for something memorable.
 
Mark
Mark,
The nose is of apple and dates and a bit of the sherry. Not an strong smoke flavor but more than I like. Also reminded me of fresh figs. The finish was bitter with some caramel. I generally like sherry finished products but this was fairly average.
 
Andrew
Andrew,
A good single malt. Rich and flavorful.
 
Steven
Steven,
Caramel aroma. Sweet taste at the start with a spicy finish.
 
Jason
Jason,
A nice, albeit young-tasting, scotch. Hints of dates and nuts in the nose with apples and sherry at first taste and a short caramel finish.
 
Paul
Paul,
Smooth and flavorful.
 
Chris
Chris,
Good drinker. Dark fruit to start. Little bit of spice on the finish.
 
Tammy
Tammy,
Sweet caramel on the nose. Also sweet to taste with a kick to it. Very pleasant scotch.
 
Michael
Michael,
Lots of aroma. The sherry was a nice flavor. Pretty color but just a little too much caramel taste.
 
Mojca
Mojca,
I'm a huge fan of sherry casks finishes in general but this one is definitely one of the best I tasted. Recommend it to all sweet tooth-ers out there :)
 
Bernadette
Bernadette,
Caramel smacks you in the face through the nose...and the fruitiness is shocking and then amazing! Instafav!
 
Peter
Peter,
Strong nose, great taste! Sweet with a little burn. Really like this.
 
Nicholas
Nicholas,
Sweet and smooth, slightly antiseptic to the nose and a little more peaty in the middle than I personally prefer but finishes with warm fruity and toasty notes.
 
Chris
Chris,
Fruity on the nose. With a soft burn all the way through. Nice rich bold slightly sweet flavor. Would pair great with a steak dinner.
 
Timotej
Timotej,
Scotch at its finest
 
Svetlana
Svetlana,
Loved it, will definitely buy another bottle
 
David
David,
Holy shit this is amazing
 
Sébastien
Sébastien,
You gotta love the sherry cask finish.
 
Patrick
Patrick,
Smooth, slightly rich in flavor, nice nose. Would definitely buy an entire bottle of this.
 
Antti
Antti,
It is a very good, rich, Single Malt Whisky that has an aromatic birth with notes of toffee, dark brown sugar, granola, hints of apple & fig; while rich & complex life adds notes of cooked fruits, cinnamon, Manuka honey, dates, slated toffee, allspice & spiced pear; that leads to a long & creamy death with notes of butterscotch & ground almonds.
 
Chris
Chris,
Thoroughly enjoyed this. It’s smooth and not bitey. Think I may have a bit more...
 
Steven
Steven,
Pleasant balance of flavor against the peat in a scotch, figgy sweetness tames the (round) peat character
 
Jon
Jon,
Rich and complex. Aroma has pear, apple, and caramel, Flavor reminiscent of a caramel apple with almonds. Very nice complexity and pleasant sweetness as an after dinner dessert dram.
 
Ben
Ben,
Tastes good
 
James
James,
Great taste, the sherry oak really comes through and there is a long lasting flavour. Quite smooth drinking.
 
Serena
Serena,
Sweet and a little smoky with a bit of heat. Water useful
 
Melissa
Melissa,
Very fruity smell. Tastes like the Cadbury Fruit and Nut bars.
 
Seth
Seth,
As primarily a Bourbon drinker, this is one of the few Scotchs I've truly enjoyed to date. Would have never picked this one up on my own, and now may add a bottle to the bar. These little surprises are exactly what I appreciate and enjoy about the Flaviar experience.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Color is amber with brown hues. Nose is a roasted malt, with a nutty influence. In much more subtle levels are some bright fruits. The sherry imparts an almost dry sensation to the nose. First sip is deep, and flavorful, with the dark malt and nutty notes on the forefront. Sherry notes appear in the midpalate, warping the dark malt into a caramel flavor; baking spice also influences the midpalate. Rounding out the midpalate is the slightest influence of apple. Mouthfeel is on the more viscous side. Finish is a warm hug of the baking spices. Very well rounded Scotch.
 
Brandon
Brandon,
Really enjoyed this. Left me wanting more
 
Ray
Ray,
Sweeter than most scotch. Hardly any smoke. Very light. No burn. Sherry is almost completely in the finish.
 
Ben
Ben,
Enjoyable Carmel flavor with some very subtle sherry flavors behind it. Not bad.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Smooth with great caramel scent and initial flavor
 
Nolan
Nolan,
Pretty smooth. Nice caramel notes. I dig it
 
Jan
Jan,
Awesome one of a kind Scotch!
 
Nikola
Nikola,
What a great Scotch!! Caramel and Sherry balance really well with eachother
 
Eugene
Eugene,
Smoother than I anticipated! Never really tried Scotch before and this is exactly why I was excited to be part of the club so I can expand my palette.
 
Thomas
Thomas,
Sweet and smooth
 
Tim
Tim,
Not bad for a scotch as it is usually not my thing. Interesting flavors.
 
Ben
Ben,
Nice and sweet
 
Lexi
Lexi,
I love the light smoke flavor and the deep rich caramel
 
Emily
Emily,
Love this one, very smooth. Love the caramel flavor.
 
Chris
Chris,
Very smooth, nice Scotch
 
William
William,
This one was not for me. It was a strong burnt Carmel taste with a heavy spicy note. Not my cup o tea.
 
Kenneth
Kenneth,
This one was nice. Strong fruit flavors made it enjoyable.
 
Jackie
Jackie,
Awesome caramel, low peat, smooth, very little alcohol.
 
David
David,
Loved it. Nice sweetness and fullness
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Amazing
 
Phoebe
Phoebe,
A lot of caramel and prune notes. I've not had a lot of scotch so not sure if this is typical. Stronger on the sweet toffee flavor than I prefer. Smooth finish. Was an interesting taste but felt too much like drinking butterscotch pudding for me to buy a bottle.
 
John
John,
Nice scotch. Great flavors of caramel and dates and sherry. The texture is A little rough for my taste, but I tend to prefer bourbon.
 
Sean
Sean,
Complex single malt, but a little too sherry-y for me.
 
Michelle
Michelle,
Such wonderful aromas! But I didn’t like the burnished, oily notes. It really bothered me, so this one’s not for me.
 
Zack
Zack,
Delicious. Smooth
 
Todd
Todd,
Interesting but not on my list to reorder. A little too much caramel and toffee. Rich and oily on the palate. I found it too be much better undiluted. Water counteracts the rich texture which is its best attribute.
 
Michele
Michele,
This is a great scotch for this Bourbon drinker
 
Jose
Jose,
Great Caramel smell. Smooth start and spicy finish. Good bottle. Would buy again.
 
Brian
Brian,
Our favorite so far
 
Wyatt
Wyatt,
Strong caramel smell and a good taste - definitely a bit more spice than the wheel indicates in my opinion.
 
Karen
Karen,
Definitely a scotch. I did taste figs/dates
 
Noelle
Noelle,
Interesting Scotch, with sweetness that is appropriate for the holiday season. Drinking a single malt, I was disappointed in the lack (almost entire) of peat. Lots of dark stone fruit (someone said prune, that's about right) and brown sugar. Fun, but not a new favorite for me. Hot finish.
 
Adam
Adam,
Very smooth. Mildly sweet. Little to no burn on the back end.
 
Geoff
Geoff,
Very smooth, and a little sweet. A great start to the 12 Days or Christmas.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Dry and smooth.
 
Ashley
Ashley,
Dark fruit and prune on the nose. Mellows to sherry with a few drops of water. Lots of spice, fairly hot.
 
Tejal
Tejal,
Good flavor, a little dry
 
Dan
Dan,
I enjoy finish. I definitely get the dates and dark fruit flavors.
 
Damon
Damon,
Great dram, smooth smooth caramel and mellow aftertaste.
 
John
John,
Strong maple or brown sugar on the nose. Some spice, cinnamon, and plum on the palate. Bit of honey? No peat. Not sure why, but there is sort of an oaky and vanilla/caramel taste that reminds me of bourbon. Finishess nicely. At first I didn't like this because the maple/brown sugar on the nose really turned me off. Maybe because I didn't expect that from a Scotch; it felt almost like it was coming from a rum cask. But the more I sipped it, the more I started to appreciate its subtleties. Got this as a Flaviar sample, but I wouldn't mind getting a whole bottle to get to know it more.
 
Jarod
Jarod,
Very fruity, not tangy but sharp. Pretty smooth and a little rich.
 
JR
JR,
Not bad, not extremely peaty heavy on the Carmel with a lasting throat burn. Great first drink of the 12 day of Christmas.
 
Sunil
Sunil,
Not too bad, but not very smooth. Not a great finish, but okay to start.
 
Per
Per,
Very Nice
 
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