The Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar - Door Number 6

Each day in December until Christmas Day we are opening a door on The Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar and posting our tasting notes on our blog.

The Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar Door Number 6

We've put up the Christmas tree and are settling down to our latest whisky from the calendar. Today it's another cask-strength one from The Malt Whisky Co.: a Tullibardine Bourbon cask at 60.9%. This may require a splash of water!

On the nose there's vanilla and honey, as you might expect from a bourbon cask, with some malted barley and beeswax. This one's got quite a summery nose, like haybales in the sun.

On the palate it's quite hot and definitely needs some water added. There's honey and a hint of lemon peel.

The finish continues the honey theme with some wood notes and something vegetal. There's a dusting of cocoa at the end and a hint of cloves throughout.

With water the nose...the palate becomes creamy but still loaded with honey and lemon although some gentle spices appear later on. 

This is quite an in-your-face dram which definitely needs some water and might not appeal to everyone but it's worth giving it time to open up a bit.