Boutique-y bottles Tullibardine whisky with Oblix
Independent bottler That Boutique-y Whisky Company (TBWC) has partnered with London bar Oblix at The Shard to create an 11-year-old Tullibardine single malt, which will be sold exclusively at the sky-high venue.
The company followed a brief from Oblix bar manager Aaron Masonde to explore different Speyside styles.
The TBWC team settled on an 11-year-old single malt from Tullibardine, which was bottled at 46.6% ABV.
“Working with That Boutique-y Whisky Company allowed us a fully customisable experience when it came to bottling our own whisky,” explained Masonde.
“We had a wide range of liquid profiles to choose from, which made the task in hand a very enjoyable one! Our chosen whisky, the Tullibardine 11 Year Old Single Malt, offers layers of complexity, whilst still remaining approachable and accessible – a perfect dram to offer to our customers – with our very own label making our bottling truly unique.”
The whisky is described as having notes of “floral honey, vanilla, maple and soft fruits with citrus, pear drops and sweet barley on the palate, finishing with fudge, black pepper and dried apricots”.
Limited to 326 bottles, the label has been hand illustrated by Boutique-y artist Emily Chappell and features the view of the city from Oblix, which sits on the 32nd floor of The Shard.
Part of TBWC’s global bottling programme, the partnership is the whisky firm’s first collaboration with a British bar.
TBWC’s sister firm That Boutique-y Gin Company has collaborated with more than 20 partners from nine countries to create bespoke gins, including bars Panda & Sons in Edinburgh and Opium in London.
Liz Thomas, head of bespoke sales at TBWC, said: “The team at Oblix have always been big supporters of Boutique-y and we’ve always admired Aaron’s passion for great whisky, so we thought they would be the perfect partners for our first bespoke whisky with a British bar.”
The whisky is available to buy from the bar by the bottle for £95 (US$125), neat for £16 (US$21), and in cocktails, including the Banana, which is comprised of Tullibardine 11 Year Old, coconut water, tonka beans and Angostura Bitters. The Banana cocktail is priced at £15.50 (US$20.45).