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January 3, 2022


Whiskyfun

Fairly

a number of

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hab

hains

What’s a bit troublesome is to keep away from the peaters as some are labelled as ‘Bunnahabhain’ as an alternative of Moine or Staoisha or stuff. Except we’d simply let all of it go and see what occurs…



Bunnahabhain

Bunnahabhain 14 yo 2004/2019 (46%, The Whisky Lodge, Orcines, refill sherry butt, cask #3599)

Bunnahabhain 14 yo 2004/2019 (46%, The Whisky Lodge, Orcines, refill sherry butt, cask #3599) Four stars

At all times proud of this sequence, many are fairly ‘pure’, no matter which means. Color: gentle gold. Nostril: it’s a very coastal one, it isn’t that usually that you simply come throughout this fashion that might show some kelp, seashells, then grass and cider apples in addition to a bit mineral wax, or engine oil. It’s not a peater. Mouth: as at all times the 46-strength is ideal. That is very salty, to the purpose the place you’ll virtually consider that there is some peat too, whereas there’s no. Apart from that we discover leaves and peelings, grass, seaweed (wakame), lemon zests and, for sport, a small oyster. End: lengthy, tight, fairly peppery and salty, ‘inexperienced’, and certainly nonetheless coastal. Grassy, significantly bitter aftertaste, with some quinaquina. A contact of coconut within the remaining signature. Feedback: a lovable tight and bitterish drop, with out a lot sherry if any. I am certain this could go effectively with oysters or gravlax.

SGP:361 – 86 factors.

Bunnahabhain Moine 8 yo 2012/2021 (57.6%, The Whisky Blues, cask #0001349, 315 bottles)

Bunnahabhain Moine 8 yo 2012/2021 (57.6%, The Whisky Blues, cask #0001349, 315 bottles) Three stars and a half

Charming label however there, this can be a peated Bunnahabhain. Color: straw. Nostril: we frequently point out Laphroaig’s medicinal aspect however we’re virtually in a hospital right here. Big tincture of iodine, mercurochrome, arnica, varied embrocations, bandages, then seawater and a quite rubbery smoke, though it might all stay tight and extremely targeted. Celeriac in brine. With water: extra coal tar, outdated ropes, Barbour grease… Mouth (neat): extraordinarily compact, on tar, smoke, seawater and lemons. Millimetric drop (not saying it is small, naturally). Within the background, a grassy grittiness that might remind me of some fashion of the Jamaican rum Monymusk. This emotions of crunching some unripe olives and Seville oranges from the bushes (which all vacationer would do… as soon as.) With water: sweeter, simpler, with a bit menthol. End: lengthy, a bit medicinal once more. Uncooked rhubarb and lemon. Feedback: maybe a bit W.I.P., however glorious, if nonetheless a wee tad simplistic at this level.


SGP:466 – 84 factors.

Bunnahabhain 11 yo 2009/2020 (50.2%, Earlskine, 1st fill sherry, 132 bottles)

Bunnahabhain 11 yo 2009/2020 (50.2%, Earlskine, 1st fill sherry, 132 bottles) Four stars

With one in every of Da Vinci’s flying innovations on the label, or is it Baron Munchausen’s? Color: gold. Nostril: oh cool, very long time no outdated copper cash and metallic polish on little Whiskyfun! Add pink cabbage stewed in liquid shoe polish plus most likely a bit eggplant-and-asparagus soup and you will get the image. Some lamp oil too, in addition to the anticipated walnut wine from the sherry. Difficult nostril, I imply the nostril is gorgeous however this fashion does not at all times bode effectively for the palate, let’s have a look at… With water: elegant and really amontillado-y. Move the olives and the jabugo please. Mouth (neat): effectively, there is a massive sherryness for certain and certainly truffles and spent engine oil, however that is all very wonderful, not extreme in any respect, and quite a part of a registered fashion, if I’ll say so. Love the walnuts and the notes of bone-dry Madeira. With water: certainly, all wonderful, dry sherry in all places, oak spices, cinnamon mints, extra walnuts… End: lengthy, with some tobacco, walnuts, spicy raisin bread and extra dry Madeira within the aftertaste. Feedback: precisely the alternative of the ultra-clean Orcines, however I discover it simply as glorious. Not a quite common fashion of sherry monster.

SGP:461 – 86 factors.

Bunnahabhain Staoisha 7 yo 2013 (58.9%, The Collaboration, Whisky Shop Neumarkt, Port Charlotte wine barrique finish, 284 bottles)

Bunnahabhain Staoisha 7 yo 2013 (58.9%, The Collaboration, Whisky Store Neumarkt, Port Charlotte wine barrique end, 284 bottles) Four stars

Do you consider in round economic system? All we might want now’s a winemaker who’d make wine once more on this barrique, and presto. I’d simply guess that you simply’d must do some rejuvenation every so often, so a bit scratching and charring. Till the staves have develop into as skinny as cigarette paper… By the best way I do not know if there are any variations between the Moines and the Staoishas. Color: white wine. Nostril: no wine in sight and so far as the PC’s involved, I am certain I might really feel it in an Auchentoshan, however actually not in a Staoisha. Or I’d be bragging… Lengthy story quick, iodine, bandages, rubber boots, seawater, inexperienced lemons, kippers, peat smoke. Merely pristine and pristinely easy. With water: I would swear I am feeling a Port-Ellen aspect. A barely acetic aspect, fairly some tar, recent concrete, tarmac, muddy fields… Mouth (neat): pure peat and limoncello, with one or two oysters. Fats mouth really feel. With water: the Port Charlotte might really feel a wee bit. Graphite oil, some fattish tar… Not too certain, actually. End: lengthy and actually very tarry. Ashy aftertaste. Feedback: it is good enjoyable to attempt to discover your bearings right here. I am questioning if that barrique wasn’t quite made out of Allier oak quite than Tronçais. Why do you say I should be jesting?


SGP:557 – 85 factors.

Bunnahabhain Staoisha 7 yo 2013/2021 (64.1%, La Maison du Whisky, Artist Collective 5.0)

Bunnahabhain Staoisha 7 yo 2013/2021 (64.1%, La Maison du Whisky, Artist Collective 5.0) Four stars

Boy are these all younger. I’ve identified vodkas that had been older again within the Nineteen Seventies. Color: white wine. Nostril: a contemporary boosted one. Butterscotch provides it away, at all times. Smoked mocha, cappuccino, rather more butterscotch but, a pack of Werther’s Authentic, then spearmint and crab truffles. With water: again to the seashore, with seaweed and oysters. Bandages are again too. Mouth (neat): huge, that is virtually limoncello, distilled and aged in heated new oak. Now cautious, 64%+… Maintain on, would not it destroy Omicron? With water: I see, extra limoncello, fudge, olive brine, and simply an enormous quantity of smoke. End: very lengthy, peaty, lemony, salty… Some eucalyptus syrup too. Feedback: completely within the fashion of Dr Swan. What’s miraculous is that we’ve not discovered any vanilla. By the best way, whether or not fashionable or not, I believe it is a good drop at simply 7. The fashion of a wise new world distillery made in Victorian amenities on Islay. Slightly mad…


SGP:567 – 87 factors.

Bunnahabhain 12 yo 2009/2021 (67.1%, Quaich Bar Singapore, sherry butt, 520 bottles)

Bunnahabhain 12 yo 2009/2021 (67.1%, Quaich Bar Singapore, sherry butt, 520 bottles) Three stars

They’d a superb OB for them a number of months or years in the past. This one’s been bottled at a murderous power (let me name my lawyer) and was most likely saved in a dry and heat place, because the power certain went up. In a gallery proper under Glasgow Central Station? Color: gold. Nostril: truffles and black nougats, it appears, however we can’t push our luck. Vittel, to our rescue! With water: I am having a bit bother discovering the precise dilution, however I do discover a bit miso past all of the walnut wine and cake. There’s some coconut (bourbon fashion) however to be frank, I am undecided you may carry down such a spirit from 67 to 45% vol. inside solely minutes. That is the boundaries of this type of train. Mouth (neat): feels good, nutty and cakey. Maybe some ginger marmalade? However… With water: a wee feeling of outdated grain whisky, bourbon certainly, with notes of varnish and coconut. It form of misplaced me. End: medium. Feedback: look, we’ll put a conservatory rating and maintain a number of cls that we’ll now cut back and rebottle till the subsequent Bunny session. One thing is not precisely proper and that is not the unique spirit.


SGP:630 – 80 factors.

Bunnahabhain 19 yo 2001/2021 'Ester Elektion' (54.3%, The Whisky Show London 2021, Superheroes of Flavour, sherry butt)

Bunnahabhain 19 yo 2001/2021 ‘Ester Elektion’ (54.3%, The Whisky Present London 2021, Superheroes of Flavour, sherry butt) Four stars

With a portrait of our pal Daybreak Davies MW on the label. I’ve first learn ‘Easter Elections’ and could not not consider Monsieur Macron right here… Color: gold. Nostril: again to earth, actually. Superior earthy and rooty notes, turnip and celeriac, then patchouli and bidis (zen!), then raisins and a bit mint sauce. Some mead too, in addition to a bit linseed oil. With water: typical ‘simple’ Bunnahabhain, honeyed and nutty. A drop of ale, one in every of stout, one in every of PX. Mouth (neat): a bit hotter and richer, rounder too, with a slice of pecan pie, some chicory espresso (Ricoré), muscovado, fruitcake, chestnut honey, cinnamon and raisin rolls… With water: similar, with extra malt and cough syrup. Some candy thick beer within the aftertaste. End: medium, with oranges beginning to present up. Oranges do work in any end. Feedback: the rounder aspect of Bunnahabhain, super-good.

SGP:551 – 86 factors.

Maybe one or two older Bunnies…

Bunnahabhain 31 yo 1989/2021 (41.5%, The Whisky Blues, hogshead, casks #5759+5770, 265 bottles)

Bunnahabhain 31 yo 1989/2021 (41.5%, The Whisky Blues, hogshead, casks #5759+5770, 265 bottles) Five stars

Gorgeous gloomy label. Extra loss of life metallic than blues in the event you ask me, however aesthetically gorgeous certainly. Color: straw. Nostril: maintain on, watch this! Haut-Brion blanc, or Laville proper, with some honeysuckle, colza oil, kiwis, a bit iron, pebbles, cider, a drop of Jerez vinegar, a number of humus, damp earth, outdated wine barrel, dough roll, mead… Nicely I am discovering this nostril simply superb, advanced, and so very old-Bunnahabhain. Mouth: such decrease pure strengths are at all times a bit scary (unnatural ones too I’ve to say), and certainly it is unusual that these ones would fetch 90+ in my e-book, however this very one’s refreshingly alive, stuffed with tiny herbs and white, inexperienced or yellow berries, with varied pale honeys, softer beers, plums, and certainly a sense of wine. An outdated white Pessac-Léognan, for instance… End: medium, completely nervous, even a bit tart, advanced, with simply drops of coconut and vanilla essences from the cask. Feedback: drinks like wine. As for a very good blues, why not that quite unknown lazy monitor by The Stranglers, not precisely blues however actually bluesy, referred to as ‘One other Camden Afternoon’? The LP’s cowl was as gloomy as this Bunny’s label, test it out, it is on YouTube.


SGP:551 – 90 factors.

Bunnahabhain 33 yo 1987/2021 (53.4%, Michiel Wigman, Prometheus, 94 bottles)

Bunnahabhain 33 yo 1987/2021 (53.4%, Michiel Wigman, Prometheus, 94 bottles)Five stars

A small outturn however small is commonly stunning in whisky. Color: gold. Nostril: waxes made on Islay, effectively I consider these batches have been the waxiest anybody ever made on the Queen of the Hebrides. Certainly, there is a Clynelish-quality to this, plus citrons and quinces as well. That is beeswax and overripe apples galore. With water: apple juice, beeswax, pollen, recent quinces, greengages. Typical delicate Bunnahabhain from that period. The official 12s that got here out within the mid-to-late Nineteen Nineties have develop into extremely drinkable, by the best way. Mouth (neat): splendid, salty, lemony, with quinces, honeydew, mead repeatedly, and dried bananas. You might add to {that a} dollop of outdated cognac. With water: reacts very effectively to water and begins to show lime leaves, camphor… and a bit leek. End: not the longest ever but it surely’s advanced and even refreshing. One thing chartreuse-y and a bit oak within the aftertaste. Oh and overripe apples. Feedback: hope our buddies within the Netherlands are doing effectively and that they do not drink an excessive amount of now that they are in lock-down once more. We’re not at time of writing, however issues might have modified earlier than we publish these awful strains…

SGP:461 – 90 factors.

Maintain on, one other very younger Staoisha simply in, let’s have it as a bonus…

Bunnahabhain Staoisha 6 yo 2013/2019 (59.1%, Whisky Facile, bourbon hogshead, cask #10536, 'I'm the Fury of the Storm')

Bunnahabhain Staoisha 6 yo 2013/2019 (59.1%, Whisky Facile, bourbon hogshead, cask #10536, ‘I am the Fury of the Storm’) Four stars and a half

There’s a number of Staoisha round, is there not. Color: very pale white wine. In reality you will not discover any white wine this pale. Nostril: candy simple peat. Smoked granny smith, lemons, a bit brine, and an outdated coal pit in an outdated home (in an outdated city, yeah proper). Narrowness and ease are a few of this fashion’s most important belongings. With water: chalk and wool. Mouth (neat): pristine, excellent. Do not get me flawed, it’s extremely slender and even perhaps a bit dumb, but it surely’s like a Rolex, all you are asking I that it might stay correct. That is very correct, focussed, on oysters, lemon juice and kippers. Smoked almonds too. With water: does it want water. As soon as once more it received chalkier. Extra oyster juice too, plain seawater… End: lengthy, sharp, ultra-vertical. And correct. Feedback: I suppose you get it, it is the accuracy that is fairly outstanding on this one. Or the purity. A mere grain of mud within the motion and it might lose, say 3 factors. And a number of accuracy.


SGP:367 – 88 factors.

 

 
   

 

 

 

 



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