Single Malt Scotch - to 12 Yrs - 2013
San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Insider knowledge: Bunnahabhain Toiteach whisky is named whisky by virtue of the fact it's from Scotland. If distilled in America the spelling would be Bunnahabhain Toiteach whiskey, as opposed to whisky.
Nose: Lovely gentle peat, hints of spice warmth and complexity. Some fruit, smoke.
Palate: Spiced heat opens with sweet fruits, dates, sweet smoke, cracked black pepper.
Finish: Long, house style comes through amid the smoke.
As some have said, the peat isn't overpowering, and as a peat lover, that might be disappointing. But as a scotch lover, it's ideal. Rather than getting overpowered by smoke, biscuits and cashews come to the front and it finishes dry and satisfying. Stellar job by Ian and company and worth every penny of it's somewhat lofty asking price. Don't miss out.
2nd December 2013
Tried all islay peaty malts, but sure this one is unique from others as Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Ardberg. Distinctively smooth finish with the smokiness. Just loved it.
10th July 2013
On a distillery tour in Islay, Bunnahabhain was our seventh and final stop (Caol Ila was closed). The cooking 12 was meh. But one sip of this and we instantly put down 55 notes each for a couple of bottles to go. Got it home, every bit as gorgeous as we'd first thought. Both big fans of Laphroaig and Ardbeg, it's not got the throat-burning of either, it's way smoother but retains the gorgeous afterburn as it goes down. Find it if you can, but beware of the addiction!
8th July 2013
But let's not compare it to Lagavulin, Laphraoig, or Caol Ila. Well, maybe Caol Ila. It is peaty, but the first notes on the nose for me were biscuity notes, followed quickly by the peat. Maybe I was expecting a smoky wake up call, and the malty sweetness caught me off guard. On the palate, I first felt like I was sampling the Bunnahabhain XII before the peat and smoke made their way into my awareness. Behind that "toiteach" is a fruity, malty sweetness. Then it warms up with a pepperiness that reminds me of the Talisker 10 and 18. The smoke, peat, and pepper lingers with the finish, easing up with a scone-like sweetness. Nice stuff!
5th April 2013