Tullibardine 7 Years Old (Cask 140) by Dram Mor (Review)

Header image of Tullibardine 7yo Highlands Scotch Whisky by Dram Mor Group

Founded in 2019 by whisky mavens Victorija and Kenny Macdonald, Scottish indie bottler Dràm Mòr Group Ltd. has quickly risen to make a name for itself in the whisky world. So far, the busy bees from Dumbarton have released ten outturns with three to eight bottlings each. In the past, I have already reviewed their excellent Williamson 6 Years Old here on my blog. Today, I share with you my notes for another one of their single malt Scotch whisky releases: a fully Bourbon-matured Tullibardine 7 Years Old originally launched in summer of 2022. To me, the key quality of this young Highlander is its immense creaminess. It gives the whisky a firm body and strong mouthfeel. And it provides a good foundatation for the differing flavors to unfold upon (mostly bright fuits and sweet pastry with a bit of spice and wood). If you are up to trying a not-too-old dram from a distillery, which might not be in the center of your attention all too often, go and give this yummy Tullibardine 7 Years Old from Dràm Mòr a try!

by Tobi

Eye: Light yellow.
Nose: Typical of Tullibardine, the dram is rich with tropical fruits of yellow and orange color: pineapples, mangoes, tangerines. Also, I find lots of jellied lemon slices and white choc sprinkles in there. And good proportions of vanilla pudding, butter cookie, and whipped cream, too. Character- and appeal-wise, I would discribe the bouquet as full and creamy with a juicy splash and a spicy touch.
Palate: Fruit and cream en masse! Almost instantly, the mouth gets flooded with squashed banana, chunked pineapple, pureed apple, sweet grape, and zesty lemon. These sensations are covered all over with runny caramel sauce and roasted almond splinters. To freshen things up, a sip of white wine spritzer becomes apparent now and again. The wee bit of pepper, which I also sense at this point, foreshadows the stronger spiciness that will rise to the front in the finish.
Finish: Now a generous amount of fine-grated white pepper trickles down on the still-present fruit notes. A syrup-y sweetness unfolds at this stage, too. In addition, the cask gives the finish a nice woodiness. And last but not least, an avalanche of orange-flavored Jaffa cakes rushes in. Once it has fully developed, this good and distinctive mix of flavors stays for a while. 

Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Region: Highlands
Age: 7 Years
Alc. volume: 56 per cent
Cask type: ex-Bourbon
Bottle size: 0.7 litres
Price: ~69.00 Euro
More info: https://drammorgroup.com (Bottler) ; https://www.tullibardine.com/ (Distillery)

*** I bought the bottle as a regular customer. ***

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