Bought: Sainsbury’s, 13th January 2015
85/100 – Whisky Bible 2015
80.24/100 – Whiskybase (average from 27 member votes)
Having got the Tullibardine ‘Sovereign’ from Sainsbury’s last year, it was only a matter of time before I fell for the second Tullibardine that Sainsbury’s stock. My reluctance was the cost. At £45, it’s expensive for a NAS (non-age statement) single malt, which struggles in reviews to match others in its price bracket. Even with a £10 discount it competes with some heavyweights like the Macallan Gold and Glenlivet 15yo. But I have a soft spot for Tullibardine, so I had to have it.
The bible has very little to say about this single malt, which is “hits the heights early on in the delivery when the honey and Lubeck marzipan are in full throttle”. On Whiskybase, a respected reviewer says “I find it to be a very pleasant whisky in which the wine played a merely supporting role. Something for dessert.”
85/100 in the Whisky Bible classes this single malt as “very good to excellent whisky definitely worth buying”.
Here’s Horst Luening with his review on YouTube (February 2017):