About This Dram
After three months of exploring blending, it’s time to rediscover the exact opposite style of whisky. Unlike most blends or single malts (which blend multiple casks from the same distillery), single casks value individuality and uniqueness over consistency. You can often find single casks that taste nothing really like their official bottling counterpart. For example a completely unpeated Ardmore, or maybe a particularity unfruity Ardbeg. These rare finds can be absolutely fantastic, however, another outcome of a single cask is quite the opposite. On occasion, we get a single cask from a distillery that is an exquisite example of their quintessential flavour profile. That’s what’s happened on this occasion, with Hunter Laing perfectly capturing the essence of Tullibardine’s rich highland fruit and spice. If you’ve never had an older expression of Tullibardine then this is a great place to start. Although some of you have definitely tried this exact expression before at the OMC2018 release tasting almost two years ago! Since then the Dram Association has quadrupled in size – so let’s see how everybody else likes it.
The initial aroma was of rich fruity sweetness with a deep malty base. A great structure for a whisky. Rhubarb and custard candies, blueberry yoghurt, apple skins, peanut butter, grilled pears, nutmeg, apricot and Japanese roasted barley tea.
The fruit became stewed on the palate, with skin on German-style spiced applesauce, grilled lemons, digestive biscuits, and finally a rich apple and raisin chutney.