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2008 Tullibardine The Murray 13 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
One in a series of Tulla's named 'The Murray', except this one is cask strength - a nice alternative to the mainstream of lower ABV official bottlings that tend to be quite light. The title actually refers to Sir William Murray, the second Marquess of Tullibardine and represents a limited-edition collection intended to showcase the distillery’s finest casks. General Manager of Tullibardine, Michael Elliot, has composed several editions from 2008 distillations (and previous vintages), so there are a few different ABV's on the market. Full-term in first-fill American oak casks has imparted plenty of creamy vanilla and added texture to the already velvety malt. A 2007 release was rated 94.5 points in Jim Murray's 2022 Whisky Bible, so anticipate this to be just as good. Bottled in 2021 at 56.1% Alc./Vol. Non chill filtered.
Other reviews... This seems to be fully ex-bourbon, so we should get even 'closer to the spirit', even if it was 1st fill bourbon. Colour: white wine. Nose: perhaps less eccentric than its bro, more on classic vanilla, brioche and biscuit, apple pie, mirabelles, peanut oil, rhubarb… No ripe bananas and old Meursault this time, this is simpler and 'cleaner'. With water: even more so. Apple tarte, vanilla cream, hops and the usual drop of limoncello. Mouth (neat): sweet, fruity, on yellow and orange wine gums and IPA. There. With water: once again, apple tarte, vanilla cream, hops and the usual drop of limoncello (that was lazy at best, S.) Finish: medium, sweet, refreshing, rather on apples and lemon liqueurs. Hints of vanilla and sawdust in the aftertaste. Comments: totally excellent, just much simpler, more elementary than its brother.
86 points - whiskyfun.com