Tullibardine 2005 (bottled 2017) - The Murray Cask Strength (70cl, 56.3%)
The Murray Edition is a 12 year old single malt whisky distilled in 2005, matured exclusively in first-fill bourbon barrels and bottled in 2017 at cask strength without any chill-filtration or additional colours at Tullibardine as part of the Marquess Collection. Collection, likely named after William Murray, who was the Marquess of Tullibardine.
Tullibardine distillery in Perthshire was built in 1949 and was quickly acquired by blending firm, Brodie Hepburn. Through a series of mergers and acquisitions, the distillery came under ownership of Whyte & Mackay in 1993, who shut it down following year. In the preceding decades, its large production capacity had filled its even larger warehouses. In addition to selling the stock to third-party blenders, Whyte & Mackay used it for their own products, including some well-regarded official single malt releases. Greater emphasis was placed on this when it was sold to new owners in 2003, who re-casked much of the stock in order to launch this reinvigorated version of the Tullibardine brand.