I recently ‘treated’ a friend who is a huge Bunnahabhain fan to the spectacular 26 year Signatory’s cask strength single cask avatar.
Did he enjoy? Yes! But was it what he looks for in a Bunnahabhain? Not really. He prefers the nearly no peat Islay character of a typical Bunnahabhain.
So in his honour, I’ve brushed off from the archives tasting notes from a session originally held in August 2013.
Bunnahabhain 18 year 46.3%
- Colour – Gorgeous! A deep rich colour
- Nose – Nuanced nose with hints of plum and honey. We were so engrossed in our conversation that we inadvertently gave the Bunnahabhain extra air to be delighted when this enabled it to open up even further to reveal apricot and an oaky woodiness without a whiff of peat.
- Taste – Utterly smooth, creamy. We savoured its warm richness, appreciating its different layers of flavour and a hint of spice.
- Finish – A lingering finish that brought back plum and rather happy smiles.
This un-chill filtered non-peated Islay offering was the evening favourite!
Here is what the folks over at Bunnahabhain have to say about this whisky:
A nose and a taste of this tells more than a book ever could. The beautiful golden spirit’s aroma releasing honeyed nuts and a slightly sea-induced salty tang. Rich toffee and leathery oak notes can be sensed upon further reading, while the palate tells of mellow sherried nuts and shavings of the finest natural oak wood. ts story ends very happily, with dry notes interspersed with mixed spices fading magnificently into a light salt and sherry finale.
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