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
nutty
What does Tullibardine 500 Sherry Cask Finish taste like?

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Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland and some other parts of the world distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and USA they spell it Whiskey.

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
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.
 
Zachary
Zachary,
Flavor is good. The finish is incredibly smooth.
 
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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