“…This whisky spends 20 years in first-fill bourbon barrels, which give it a depth of flavor and density …The nose offers some curious hospital character, with slight mushroom and forest floor notes. The body has some of this brooding wet earth character, mixed in with notes of heather, dark chocolate, walnuts, and savory spices. The finish recalls a bit of that Listerine character and more granary notes.” --> B+
“…This is a fairly classic, though simple and youthful, sherry-finished malt, balancing a toasty caramel nose with some sharper citrus notes underneath, particularly evident on the body as it develops. The finish is soothing with gentle grain, malty caramel, and just a hint of cloves. As with many of these NAS whiskies, this is a fine everyday dram, but it’s not cut out for serious exploration.” --> B
“…25 years in oloroso sherry casks give this a dark, burnished color and a dense nuttiness that is only hinted at in the younger spirits. Notes of butterscotch, flamed orange peel, and barrel char notes lead the way into a body that offers touches of banana, nougat, coconut, and cocoa powder notes. The finish brings up the classic Tullibardine grain character, ending with a touch of powdered charcoal.” --> B+
“…No real hints at Burgundy here, rather it’s a whisky loaded with honey, vanilla, and baking spices that weave in and out of the spirit. There’s an awful lot to like here, with various notes offering cake frosting, strawberry, and malted milk. A fun little whisky to sip on, it manages to use its youth to its advantage.” --> B+
“…A bit doughy, it’s a spirit that balances a basic grain profile with notes of green apple and citrus — classic notes associated with Sauternes finishing — then finishes off with notes of pie crust and cinnamon toast. Aside from the flash of fruit, it’s surprisingly restrained for this finishing style.” --> B
“…There’s plenty of grain to go around here, but it’s tempered by nice honey notes on the nose and body, some butterscotch, and an overall gentle hand that blends toasty wood notes with its barley base. It’s not something I’d drink solo but it’s a totally fair base for mixing.” --> B-
“[The] malt pours bright gold and has a sweet citrus nose with a smooth and clean finish. Lighter than most, there is a distinctive wine like presence that may result from the aging in bourbon barrels. I found some spiciness in the mouthfeel and think most fans of a waving checkered flag will enjoy this winner. It may not be the smoothest ………. but neither is that motor of yours with the full race cam. Best enjoyed after your next event and rated a solid 7 on the snob tachometer…..”
“Brandy-like aromas are soft and delicate with flowers and white grapes. In the mouth it is very spicy with layers of clove and cinnamon. Coffee flavors enter on the long lasting and leathery finish.”Very good, strong recommendation.
“Aromas are decidedly earthy with hints of orange zest showing through. On the palate there are notes of burnt orange peel, fresh twigs and dark roast coffee. Caramel and a slightly sweet floral note last long on the finish.”Extraordinary, ultimate recommendation.