Whisky Review, House Drams, 3 Years and a Day – Tullibardine 500 Sherry Cask Finish
Next up in the ‘3 Years and a Day’ tasting set, the Tullibardine 500 Sherry Cask Finish. When choosing which box to get, this particular dram was one of the key drawing factors for us. We love the influence a sherry cask can impart, especially those gorgeous chocolate notes.
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3 Years and a Day
House Drams describe their 3 Years and a Day box as – “aim[ing] to show the quality that exists within non age-statement whisky and shows that age, in whisky, is just a number!”. The box includes whisky from Glenfiddich, Tullibardine, Glenfarclas, Glenrothes, and Ardbeg.
Tullibardine 500 Sherry Cask Finish
The Tullibardine 500 Sherry Cask Finish, initially spends an undisclosed amount of time in first-fill American ex-bourbon casks. It then spends a year finishing in 500L Sherry butts from Spain – hence the name.
Based in the village of of Blackford – the gateway to the Highlands. Tullibarine is one of the oldest locations in Scotland for brewing beer and distilling whisky. William Delme-Evans converted the original brewery into a distillery in 1947 having fallen in love with the local water source.
We have limited experience with this distillery, having previously tried their 25 y/o expression, and the Firkin 49 Tullibardine 2012, Oloroso & Amontillado expression. So were interested to see how this would compare.
Nose: toffee crisp chocolate bar, bags of vanilla, apple cable sweets, lots of buttery fudge
Palate: honey walnuts, lots of red pitted fruits and sherry influence, hints of black pepper
Finish: dark chocolate covered raisins, butterscotch angel delight, short finish
Overall this was a very pleasant dram. We can see it pairing well with pudding, especially a warm pudding on a cold Winter evening. If you love a sherry bomb (and we do – we even have an entire blog series dedicated to them!) then we think you’ll like this dram. There is no mistaking the sherry influence, and the classic chocolate, dried fruits, and toffee notes that accompany that.
Do you enjoy a Sherry bomb whisky? Do you have a favourite Sherry cask type? Share your opinions in the comments below!