Tullibardine distillery has released the much anticipated second expression in the brand’s treasured Marquess Collection, The Murray (2005).
Bottled at cask strength this year, the single malt whisky has been non-chill filtered and boasts a profile shaped by the mineral-rich water from the Ochil Hills. Following 12 years of maturation in first-fill bourbon oak casks, the expression boasts notes of vanilla ice cream mingling with syrupy pineapple and bursts of sherbet lemon. The sweeter flavours are interwoven with hints of malted biscuits and honey, which culminate in a smooth, lingering finish.
The Marquess Collection has already established its reputation as offering some of the world’s best single malts following numerous international accolades for quality and flavour this year.
The collection’s first release, The Murray (2004), has to date been awarded a gold medal for Cask Strength Whisky and Top of the Category at the Spirits Business Scotch Whisky Masters, silver in the International Wine & Spirits Competition and the International Spirits Challenge, and has received 95 points in the Ultimate Spirits Challenge.
The Tullibardine Marquess Collection is named after Sir William Murray, the 2nd Marquess of Tullibardine. The staunch and lifelong Jacobite was selected for the honour of raising Bonnie Prince Charlie’s standard at Glenfinnan, the moment which marked the beginning of the ill-fated 1745 rising.
After the prince’s disastrous defeat at Culloden, Sir William paid the price for his loyalty and died in the Tower of London.
Distillery Manager at Tullibardine, John Torrance, said: “As a result of the popularity of the first release in the collection we have already received a lot of interest in The Murray (2005). We hope that customers enjoy tasting this delicious new addition to the growing range of single malts produced here in Perthshire.”
Keith Geddes, Master Blender at the Tullibardine Distillery added: “As the first whisky to be released since taking on the role as Master Blender at Tullibardine, it’s fantastic to be able to bring our customers such an exquisite single malt.
“The golden expression maintains the sweet and silky character recognised in The Murray (2004), but brings a slightly novel flavour and finish that we’re confident people will take great pleasure in drinking.”
The Murray (2005) is now available worldwide. RRP £49.