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2006 Lady of the Glen Tullibardine Single Cask #617 11 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky & Appleton Estate 21 Year Old Rum Bundle Buy (1x700ml & 1x750ml)
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Tasting note for 2006 Lady of the Glen Tullibardine Single Cask #617 11 Year Old: After a considerable absence, Tullibardine made a big return to the Australian market in 2019 with a raft of official bottlings. Going by the way they've sold, the distillery has more than a minor following. This Lady of the Glen indie release will appeal to anyone seeking an alternative, all-natural expression. Production was supervised by Master Distiller, John Black, who regrettably passed away in 2013. The whisky was matured in a first-fill bourbon barrel for a full 11 years, giving it a distinct sweetness, and it shows in the bouquet with notes of bubblegum, milk chocolate and vanilla malt. Bottled at near 60%, it's Tully at its biggest and brawniest. There's a vaguely fruity edge to the attack, eclipsed by a deluge of spices. The finish is sweet and grassy. Simple yet satisfying, tamed by a splash of water. 59.3% Alc./Vol. Non chill filtered. 183 bottles. 89 points.
Notes from Gregor Hannah... creamy vanilla fudge flavours with white chocolate and vanilla milk qualities, enhanced by a scattering of black pepper.
Located just below the Speyside border, Tullibardine is based at Blackford in Perthshire. Classified as a Highlander, the site has a long history, stretching back to 1488 when it was home to an ancient brewery. King James IV bought ale here on his way to Scone palace. The distillery itself is relatively modern. Built in 1949, the name derives from the Gaelic ‘tullach bhardainn’, meaning 'hill of warning'. Water comes from the Danny burn. Currently outside the ownership of the big whisky conglomerates, it retains its own cooperage, warehouse and bottling hall on site. After lying dormant since 1994, new owners began another era in 2003, investing heavily in exceptional casks for their new spirit, the benefits of which we can enjoy now. The style tends towards well-balanced distillates of medium body and sweetness encompassing low malty notes and hints of sherry, honey and spice.
Notes for Appleton Estate 21 Year Old: While rum in general makes for a fantastic cocktail spirit, extra-old expressions like this really need to be appreciated straight. Master Blender, Joy Spence walks a tightrope with the 21 YO - the trick is adding extra layers of sensory excitement at the risk of becoming overly oaked, while at the same time, retaining some of the youthful, estery sweetness and vibrancy that's Appleton's house style. This gets the balance close to perfect. It's no wonder it was “Spirit of the Year” at the World Spirit Awards back in 2011. Just 12,000 bottles of this rare rum are produced annually, and Australia receives a special share in recognition of the growing group of consumers who have been passionately enjoying the aged blends of the Appleton Estate since the brand launched here in 2004.
Rooted in traditions that go past the American Revolution, not much has changed at Appleton since the 18th century: water is still sourced from a spring on the estate, small batch pot distillation remains the norm, done on-site using a proprietary yeast strain propagated from the estate-grown cane. The estate's versatile blends have been quietly changing the perception of rum, with homes and bars across the country embracing the rum renaissance. This bottling ups the ante to yet another level of sophistication that demands your attention, and at a price that's impossible to resist.
Tasting note: Perfectly polished copper colour dazzles in the glass. Whiffs of shellac, resin and orange zest in the opening pass, evolving aromas of hazelnut / pistachio, walnut slice, raw sugar, extra-aged muscat and cocoa. 3-4 minutes exposure accents clove, vanilla bean and draws out hints of wine-soaked pears. Outstanding. Two decades in barrel sees the sugars reigned in with spicy oak overlaying flavours of raisins, dates, light molasses; finishes drier than the mid palate stage with threads of muscat wine, rancio and all-spice woven through the aftertaste. Remarkable persistence. A superb sipping rum with references to top shelf Armagnac. 43% Alc./Vol. 96 points.
Other reviews... This gorgeous copper-hued rum seems to shift flavors with every sip, encouraging contemplation. It starts with dry notes of espresso and bittersweet chocolate, then morphs into dark, mouthwatering brown sugar, toffee and clove, before easing into a spiced finish reminiscent of chai tea with a hint of white peach.
98 points - www.wineenthusiast.com
......The bouquet is floral, bean-like and pleasantly nutty. The palate entry is acutely astringent; the midpalate is baked nut-like with bitter tastes of oak and molasses. The aftertaste is long, desert-dry, sugary and sap-like. Not as overly woody as many old rums are; delicious in an old-guard style. 43% Alc./Vol.
90-95 points - www.winespectator.com
Double Gold Medal and honored as both “Best in Category” and “Spirit of the Year” at the 2011 World Spirit Awards.