In 2019, Bunnahabhain’s two 30,000-litre wash stills and two 15,000-litre spirit stills created an unpeated new make spirit that represented 60% of the distillery’s annual production. For this reason, the single malt has a special place not only in the world of Islay whiskies, but also in the hearts’ of enthusiasts. Absolutely magnificent and particularly harmonious throughout the tasting, this sherry cask version invites us to discover a palette of flavours and aromas in which every note is a subtle combination of youth and maturity. With indestructible unity of tone, it wavers constantly between malty sequences, in which the distillate’s fiery and somewhat wild personality takes the upper hand, and highlights in which the sherry cask ageing brings lots of serenity and calm.
BUNNAHABHAIN Over 10 Years ARTIST 10TH Anniversary
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Islay Single Malt, 67,1%, 70cl — Single Cask #900086, Sherry Butt Limited edition of 589 bottles — LMDW Exclusive
Bright orangey copper
Rich and elegant. Immediately on the first nose, notes of dark chocolate, malted barley and other more medicinal notes (camphor, ointment) clearly take hold of the olfactory senses. After this extremely dynamic and powerful opening, apricot, musk, lime blossom honey and aromas of sage and absinthe bring the aromatic palette lots of complexity and originality. Next, thick smoke rings escape from a Havana cigar with a particularly earthy flavour.
Frank, invigorating. Wavering between chocolate and spices (clove, cardamom), the attack is also herbaceous (malted barley) and medicinal (sleet, iodine tincture). On the mid-palate, heady florals (broom, mimosa), iris butter and bitter orange appear alongside exotic fruit (mango, guava) and pine resin. The deliciously rich (gianduja, cagé crème) end of the palate restores the flavours of pipe tobacco.
Long, very energetic. At the start of the finish, the malted barley and sherry have found perfect balance, bringing out all of the complexity of an oily yet floral distillate (lavender, lilac). Later, magnificent oxidation with flavours of rancio (brandy cherries, raspberry brandy) and camphor draw the tasting out infinitely. On the retro-nasal olfaction, roasted pineapple returns to the exotic character of the mid-palate. The fermentary and earthy empty glass is a veritable ode to malted barley. Outstanding.