The most recent single malt to be released by Tullibardine, The Murray, has been recognised with its fourth prestigious industry award in this year’s International Wine & Spirit Competition, where it has been awarded a silver medal for excellent quality.
The Murray (2004) has been making waves in the industry since being released in late 2016, establishing its reputation as an exceptional whisky on the global stage. This year, the quality of the cask strength single malt has been credited with a gold medal for Cask Strength Whisky and Top of Category at the Spirits Business Scotch Whisky Masters, a silver medal in the International Spirits Challenge and 95 points in the Ultimate Spirits Challenge.
A handpicked panel of industry experts recognised the craftsmanship of the expression created at the Perthshire-distillery following a rigorous two-stage judging process, which includes both a double-blind tasting and chemical analysis. The 12 year-old, cask-strength expression impressed judges with its brawny nose of peanut brittle and wet autumn leaves, rich apricot and vanilla flavours and delightfully smoky finish.
The Murray was distilled in 2004 and bottled in 2016 after maturing entirely in first-fill ex-bourbon casks. Released as the first whisky in Tullibardine’s Marquess Collection, the expression is named after Sir William Murray, the 2nd Marquess of Tullibardine, and offers a flavour profile that draws upon the local lands and waters from around the Ochil Hills.
John Torrance, Distillery Manager at Tullibardine Distillery said: “The addition of yet another competitive industry award this year for The Murray is absolutely fantastic news. It showcases the excellent quality of this whisky, recognised by the most experienced of whisky experts and the consumer.”
Later this year, Tullibardine will launch the much anticipated sequel to the expression, The Murray (2005), which will be the second release in the brand’s Marquess Collection.
Now in its 48th year, The International Wine & Spirit Competition prides itself in setting the international benchmark for quality in wine and spirits awards, featuring technical spirit analysis in addition to blind tasting. The competition receives entries from nearly 90 countries each year, which are judged over a seven month period by 400 experts.