Bunnahabhain is known as the un-peated Islay dram… which makes their Ceòbanach a bit of a departure.
- Nose – Perfumey peat, sweet, way more peat than had anticipated, creamy, slightly astringent until it settled down, almost salty
- Palate – Bacon, bloody mary, spice kick, quite direct, black pepper, citrus and bitter yet smooth and almost oily
- Finish – Long finish, not heavy, spicy and sweet with a dash of salt too
This was one of those drams that is hard to go back to anything else after such peat. It certainly wasn’t “clobber over the head” peat but it wasn’t a push-over either.
Here is what the folks at Bunnahabhain have to say:
Ceobanach [pronounced kyaw-bin-och] means ‘Smoky Mist’ and harks back to a simpler time; when island life depended on peat for warmth and trade, a time when smoke from the open fires mingled with the salty sea air, to create a ‘Smoky Mist’ you could almost taste.
Bunnahabhain Ceobanach has an unusually rich character; from the sweetness of the Bourbon casks, to the intense Islay malt peatiness, not to mention the characteristic sea air influence from more than 10 years maturing on the coast.
- Colour – Lemon gold
- Nose – Intensely pungent depths of sweet oak, seaweed, smoke and elegant light tar with mild antiseptic
- Palate – Exceptionally balanced malt sweetness, then tangy yet mellow vanilla, white pepper, bitter orange and salt
- Finish – Lingering oatcake saltiness and sweet peppered smoke
For the ladies in the mood for peat, this one hit its mark.
So what did we sample in our Whisky Ladies “Contributor’s Choice” evening?
Here are a few more Bunnahabhain’s sampled over the last couple of years…
- 18 year 46.3%
- 24 year (1990) HH No 7398 51%
- 26 years (1988/2014) 48.6% (Signatory)
- Eirigh na Greine “Morning Sky” Batch 1, 46.3% + Batch 5
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