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Whiskey Review: Tullibardine 1988 Vintage Edition

Posted by Arctic Wolf on November 24, 2009

Several weeks ago I met James Robertson, The International Sales Rep for Tullibardine.  It was at the Edmonton Food and Wine Festival, and I mentioned to him that I would soon be reviewing the 1988 Tullibardine.  He was pleased and gave me a small sip at the show of this and a few other of Tullibardine’s fine whiskies.  We have exchanged emails since then, and hopefully established the beginnings of a working relationship.  The 1988 Tullibardine commemorates the 500th anniversary of King James IV’s coronation where legend has it he purchased ale from Scotland’s first brewery.  What does this have to do with Tullibardine?  Well the brewery from which King James IV purchased the ale happens to be on the very site where Tullibardine now stands.

Here is an excerpt from my review:

“…The smoke I noted in the glass has asserted itself in the mouth with a persistent oily cigar smoke presence which underlies the honey and vanilla notes on the palate.  I use the term cigar because the smoke seems to have a certain organic texture.  The sweetness of the malt is very pleasant, as is a mild buttery feel the malt has upon the tongue….”

You can read the full review here:

Review: Tullibardine 1988 Vintage Edition


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