Back in february we bought this stunner of a Bunnahabhain by Wemyss Malts. We liked it so much, that we forgot to meticulously write down our notes. Instead, we sat back and relaxed. And that for many times after our initial purchase. Now the bottle is already half empty, so we thought it would be a good time to fulfill our promise.
This Bunnahabhain is blended together from 28 bourbon hogsheads and 3 sherry butts, ranging from 1987 to 1991. All the details are on the inside of the box, which is a great touch of transparency. It’s bottled at 49.1% and of course non-chill-filtered and without colouring. Here’s how this wonderfully crafted whisky by Wemyss from one of our favourite distilleries tastes like:
The initial nose is fragrant and full of sweet raisins, marzipan, vanilla cream, dried apricots, cranberries, honey and cherries. Its lusciousness keeps on giving with a lot of herbal and vegetable notes too: parsnip, carrots, dill and a hint of a tropical aquarium.
The palate feels mature, with old books, dusty wood and mothballs. Its juicy and fruity qualities from the nose continue themself through rosehip and raisins.
The finish is perfumey and full of flavours like rosehip jam, yellow raisins, soaked strawberries and moisty old wood, with a touch of nettle and cheese.
This whisky is very consistent, we haven’t had a moment where it didn’t deliver. It tastes old, but juicy nonetheless. The bourbon vs sherry cask ratio is spot on. It practically defines our favourite kind of taste, so we can’t really find anything bad to say about this. We forgive Wemyss who spelled “Bunnahabain” wrong on the label ;)