Auld Alliance is alive and well

The new Tullibardine expression

TULLIBARDINE distillery in Perth and Kinross has turned to the south of France for its latest release, with the launch of The Murray Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Distilled in 2005 and matured initially in first-fill American oak casks, the whisky was then transferred to wine barriques from France’s Rhône vineyards.

The resulting liquid, bottled at 46% ABV, is described as russet in colour, with sweet and spicy aromas on the nose and flavours of cherries and mint chocolate.

Tullibardine’s master blender, Keith Geddes, said the new release “is an exciting development at the distillery and has matured into a beautifully rounded single malt whisky featuring an exciting spectrum of rich flavour and aroma”.

“Experimenting with new casks is a priority for the development of our range and we’re delighted with how this malt has developed over time,” said Geddes.

The Murray Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the latest addition to Tullibardine’s Marquess Collection.

Named after Highland Jacobite Sir William Murray, the second Marquess of Tullibardine, the range also includes The Murray 2004 and The Murray 2005.

Tullibardine’s The Murray Châteauneuf-du-Pape  is priced at £49 a bottle.