Appearance : topaz.
Nose : ample, rich. On the initial nose, a rich, oily peat is accompanied by very ripe banana, dark chocolate and fresh walnut. Increasingly salty and liquorice, it also becomes hot (cayenne) and spicy (clove, ginger). Tiger balm, benzoin and camphor highlight its medicinal character. Gradually it creates the sensation of strolling through a field of peat in the wake of rainfall.
Palate : dense, resolute. The attack makes a malty, earthy, peaty, smoky and ashy beeline for the end of the palate. On the mid-palate, verbena, lime blossom honey and black pepper spread their sweet and spicy floral flavours across the sides of the palate. Saturated with smoke, the end of the palate is also fruity (Napoleon cherries, sweet chestnut, date).
Overall : long, silky. Vanilla pod and cocoa bean at first appear on equal terms with a camphoric and very oily peat. Rich (vanilla flan, raisin cake), it then develops notes of damp straw and aromatic plants (chamomile, sage). With rare intensity, the retronasal olfaction is like a chocolate and earthy, powerful Havana cigar. The empty glass is spicy (saffron), fruity (Mirabelle plum), intensely peaty and ashy (soot).
BUNNAHABHAIN STOISHA 2014 The Peaty 40%
Calling this young Bunnahabhain extremely peaty would be a major understatement. Overflowing with generosity and spontaneity, peat reigns throughout the palette of flavours and aromas. Much to our delight, this version invites us to continually recommence this tasting, as it never stops revealing new aromas and new flavours, such as the sublime aroma of artichoke that suddenly rises from the glass. Original, it refuses to be hemmed into reductive clichés, instead leaving free rein to the taster’s imagination.
Profile: the rich initial nose reveals a thick, oily peat accompanied by exotic fruits (banana) and dark chocolate. Salty and liquoricey, it becomes hot and spicy (ginger). The dense attack is peaty, smoky and malty. Verbena and bay leaf honey spread across the sides of the palate. The silky finish is vanilla, cocoaed, peaty and camphoric. It lingers with notes of damp straw.