Tullibardine Sovereign

Tasty Tastings Episode 15

Back in 2013 Tullibardine launched a completely revamped range with a new entry level bottling, named Tullibardine Sovereign. Now to name a NAS entry level expression ‘Sovereign’ is a pretty bold move, at least in my opinion. Just let me put it this way: When that one is already so excellent, than why on earth should I even consider to purchase one of the higher priced versions?


Tullibardine Sovereign

Tullibardine Sovereign









Name: Tullibardine Sovereign
Age: NAS
Category: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery: Tullibardine
Cask Type: First Fill Ex-Bourbon Casks
Strength: 43.0% Vol.
Colored: Yes
Chill Filtered: No


For only 43% ABV mind-boggling alcoholic in the nose. After some time I can spot some light undertones of white fruits – apples, white grapes and plenty of pears. Joined by a subtle sweetness. However the alcohol remains present at all times.


Strong alcoholic. Then a very gentle sweetish fruity touch that gets buried under a wave of bitter oak immediately.


Long. Very spicy oak. Leaves a alcoholic aftertaste.


Very poorly integrated alcohol and overloaded with oak. This single malt is everything but ‘sovereign’ – ‘immature’ and ‘imbalanced’ would be more appropriate terms.

Score: 66 / 100


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