Bunnahabhain certainly has the greatest views of all the distilleries on Islay, if you ask me. But their hand-filled distillery exclusive bottles aren’t too shabby too.
When we visited Bunna back in April, I bought myself two of each of the available warehouse bottlings. They all tasted incredibly good, the welcoming atmosphere did help a lot though. The ‘PX Noé’ stood out to be the best. However, the one we are going to talk about today is the one that I found most peculiar: The bottle that was drawn from cask #636, one that previously held red wine.
Chlorine, pencil shavings, nutmeg and damp clothes.
Earthy and musty, a bit peculiar with that chlorine notes again, it’s dry and woody. Also tastes a bit like red wine spilled on an old wooden floor.
Nuts and a cigar box, musty cedar notes, warming spices and nutmeg.
I don’t really know what to make of this. I don’t dislike it, but do I like it? What I definitely like is the strangeness of this dram. It is something I haven’t had before, and that’s always a big plus to me. However, the other two bottles scored much higher. I’m wondering, have you tried this? And what do you think?