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Bunnahabhain 18yr

05 Jul

Whisky Details

Country: Scotland
Region: Islay
Distillery: Bunnahabhain
Bottler: Bunnahabhain
Years Matured: 18
Style: Single Malt
Alcohol:  43.0%
Price: $$

Tasting Notes

Appearance: copper
Nose: salt, toffee, butter, hints of sherry
Body: heavy, mouth coating
Palate: fruit zest, hot, medicinal
Finish: short, moss, hemp, pencil eraser

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Final Thoughts

On the far north shore, overlooking the shipwrecked Sound of Islay lies the Bunnahabhain (pronounced boon-a-havin) distillery.  While not one of the big three, Bunnahabhain still has some enjoyable and different Islay expressions.  The 18yr is unpeated and sherry oak aged like most of their portfolio.

Sherry on the nose is less apparent than other similarly aged malts.  A winey characteristic is present but there is a distinct lack of fruit.  I also believe the savory oak and butter notes are out of balance without the traditional smoke/peat.  The body is one of the heaviest I have ever felt and is in stark contrast to traditional fleshy Islay malts.  The palate starts with a mix of fruit zest and vanilla before getting hot and medicinal (reminiscent of the Talisker line).   As for the finish; while the lingering moss and hemp notes are pleasant and unexpected I feel they don’t properly accompany the savory nose or medicinal palate.  All in all it’s not a bad dram, but would score higher with a bit more consistency across the different dimensions.

Grade: B- (83)