Saturday, February 28, 2009

Malt Mission 2009 #337

Bunnahabhain 1979 28yo
Single Malts of Scotland
Islay Single Malt Whisky
46% abv
£80

The northernmost distillery on Islay (map), Bunnahabhain is also arguably the least well known. That is not to say it doesn't deserve to be better known but rather that the distillery has for generations been a quiet workhouse for some of the greatest blended whiskies in the world while consistently producing a well-loved 12yo without the backing of million-dolalr marketing campaigns or promotional pushes.

Hey, BUNNAHABHAIN is pronounced BOONAHAWVIN

For more distillery information and to see all Bunnahabhains had on the mission, click HERE.

TASTING NOTES:

Butter and bread, celery and butterscotch. Damp cloths, maybe even sweaty socks.

Luscious old American oak influences that absolutely hit the spot. Creamy, sweet and savoury, croissants, almonds, and red grapefruit. Hot finish with more of the Italian sugared almond Ending on wood, like resiny pine.

SUMMARY:

A whisky that exists in two clear dimensions, or at least across two extremes: the sweet and the sour. And all the more fun for it as not a single note is "off", although most are "odd". Great discussion dram to share with friends.
And the speed at which it seems to have sold out is a testament to its quality.

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1 comment:

Wine said...

This is a nice whisky that you have picked up on.

Have you done a review on anything in the £10,000 range?