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Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old Cask Strength - 2022 Edition

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Drummond has been stuck in Glasgow for the last ten years, it’s not known if he misses Uncle Sam as no one asks him. Driven by the variation in whisky and bitten by ‘the bug’ he was unable to resist taking his incessant geeking-out to friends and family. The _ga cookie, installed by Google Analytics, calculates visitor, session and campaign data and also keeps track of site usage for the site's analytics report. In discussions of Islay drams Bunnahabhain is sometimes categorized as a lighter spirit compared to the island’s other distillates since it is usually unpeated (but does of course make some peated malt). All of this got me thinking, though; with the likes of Ardnahoe recently opening on the island, soon to be joined by Port Ellen, Portintruan and the Islay Boys‘ plans at Glenegedale, you wonder, will there be an appetite for more new distilleries in the not-too-distant future?so a bit too strong for me to drink neat but adding water ( in varying amounts) just seems to make it fall apart. Although, if you are actually driving please skip the snifters as they’re a sure fire way to end up in a ditch, or off the side of the cliff leading to the distillery. Without prejudice to the section Liability below, the Service may be temporarily unavailable during maintenance, updates, etc. These cookies help provide information on metrics the number of visitors, bounce rate, traffic source, etc.

There’s little information on the bottle to indicate cask make-up, but we do get the basic boxes for integrity ticked off here; no added colour, non-chill filtered, and a high ABV. The summits of Jura towered in the distance across the blue water, turning a thousand shades of browns, oranges, and yellows with the arrival of autumn. I had purchased the 2023 12 year old cask strength just before our trip to Islay and had begun to explore it. You shall not contribute any discriminatory, racially offensive, abusive, offensive, threatening, intimidating, inaccurate, incomplete, obscene, profane, harassing, or illegal material and/or Contributions, or any other Contributions that infringes, or may infringe, or violates or may violate, any third party’s rights, including intellectual and industrial property rights, rights of privacy and publicity. I could smell and taste the Bunna signature in this bottle and as a common sensory thread running through the casks in Warehouse 9 from which we were given drams.

The unpeated spirit has been matured in a combination of first- and second-fill oloroso sherry casks and ex-bourbon casks. This sometimes happens with a distillery I’ve yet to try, but more often it’s from a distillery I know and have enjoyed bottles from before.

but this time, given the tension between my scepticism, trepidation, and expectations colliding together, it set off a wave of internal paranoid panic. it epitomises everything that Bunnahabhain is known for: unpeated, sherried and full of intense flavour, offering big hits of roasted nuts and cinnamon spice in every dram. The latest expression is richer in sweet chocolate and red fruits on the nose and carries a spicier finish delivering bigger, richer and fuller flavours of oloroso sherry that Bunnahabhain drinkers have come to know and love. Lovely sweet, spicy sherry continuing from the nose along with chocolate raisins, caramel/toffee, saltiness, coastal pebbles, slight bitter orange peel, and dried nuts.Along with Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain was one of the first to deviate from the typical Islay profile when alternative fuels were made available and the demand for lighter spirit, without the heavy smoke, increased. Not all whiskies work at cask strength and many don’t stand up to full maturation in sherry casks, but Bunnahabhain is different. You are responsible for the accuracy of the information you provide to us in relation to your account, and for updating it where necessary.

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