The next whisky on the docket, The Singleton Glendullan Select, representing House Tully. Here is another whisky I have not had before and out of the ones I’ve tried so far, the Clynelish is till at the top.
There is just one connection this whisky shares with the house it was paired with and that is, water. Riverrun is the ancestral home of House Tully. Their home sits at the Fork of the Trident River and is joined by the Tumblestone River flowing west. The Glendullan distillery was built along the River Fiddich, which was a river they originally relied upon.
I do think the water connection when it comes to the pairing is great, but essentially that is the only thing that brings these two together. When I think of the Tully’s I think about how they lost their land to the Freys following the Red Wedding but then, Bryden Tully gathering his forces again reclaim his land. Yes, not all ended well in this Tully story, but I wish there was a better connection with these two.
Nose: oak, vanilla and honey
Palate: apple, vanilla, honey and spices
Finish: sweet vanilla and spice
Ironically enough, this whisky does benefit from a splash of water and, this is clearly stated in the bottle. For tasting purposes, I taste the whisky both neat and with a splash of water. I will attest that it is better with a splash of water. The water helps bring out the notes of vanilla and honey. It also tames the whisky making the dram a bit mellower and smoother.
I’ll be honest, this whisky is OK and sits there alongside with my feelings for the Cardhu. I am glad to have tried it through this series, but I found the taste to be a bit flat and somewhat uninspiring. For the price it’s not bad, but it’s certainly far from being a favorite.
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