Tullibardine Vintage 1966

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Vintage 1966.jpg While attending Whisky Live Toronto, we had the pleasure of a proper tasting of this gem thanks to James Robertson of Tullibardine. Crafted using sherry butt #1112, bottle 259 of the 300 ever produced was without question the star of the show.

Nose: Opening behind an almost oily scent, the finer points of vanilla, maple, hay, and lemon zest then explode foreshadowing the sheer delight to follow.

Palate: From the first sip a hint of lemon dances immediately across the tongue yeilding to the most remarkable sensation of maple and brown sugar with a wonderfully rich yet lightly coating mouth feel. Something that is not easily encountered in most single malts.

Finish: As the whisky runs down to its final resting place, the maple sugar remains as though one had just finished a Canadian maple sugar candy. This is coupled with the most delightful faint whisp of smoke finishing with a sweetness but without cloying as one might expect.

Overall: Clocking in at 49.8% alcohol by volume, this single malt delivers all of the aforementioned flavours and sensations without the powerful heat often associated with this range. Priced at £300 it may be steep, but when compared to other malts in this price range, I can confidently say it is a bargain worth hunting. To call this whisky merely amazing would be an injustice similar to describing Machu Picchu as a nice little hilltop community. Quite simply put, this single malt is in a league of its own, and will most assuredly sit atop the pantheon of whiskies in my mind for many years to come.

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Perhaps the finest, and certainly the rarest, scotch I have ever tasted. It's going to be hard to top this.

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