Over the years we’ve sampled an increasing number of independent bottles. Clearly Gordon & MacPhail then Signatory are the ones we most readily come across, however every once and awhile we manage to stumble across a whisky from Blackadder.
Blackadder is known to focus on bottling a single cask, predominantly at cask strength. This particular bottle of Bunnahabhain is from their Raw Cask brand.
Bunnahabhain 25 year (1991/2017) Cask No 5436 50.5% (Blackadder Raw Cask)
- Nose – Brine, prunes, sour plum, then sweet yet tangy like amchor or tamarind, a hint of fulfer, candied fruit, rasins, anar or marmalade orange rinds
- Palate – Had a very classic matured quality. Rich oriental spices, ripe blood orange, really quite elegant and fabulous
- Finish – A deliciously long sweet finish, more of that marmalade, quite full and satisfying
The overall sense was a really rather “yummy” whisky. One we thoroughly enjoyed sampling!
Krishna Nakula, India’s Malt Maniac, shared it is an “excellent example of wood management.”
What more do we know? Well.. the helpful folks over at Blackadder managed to track down the label… which explains it was matured in a Sherry butt cask until July 2017 for the Taiwan market with 550 bottles.
Here are a few more Bunnahabhain drams sampled over the years:
- 18 year 46.3%
- 24 year (1990) HH No 7398 51%
- 26 years (1988/2014) 48.6% (Signatory)
- Ceòbanach 46.3%
- Eirigh na Greine “Morning Sky” Batch 1, 46.3% + Batch 5
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