In what will be seen as a positive move to whisky connoisseurs, Bunnahabhain have decided to bottle the 18 year old without chill-filtration and without colouring.
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Nose: Salted caramel leading to sticky toffee pudding sprinkled with nutmeg. With time a leathery quality emerges.
Palate: Dense, rich sherried notes perked up with a coastal saltiness. On a second wave roast chestnuts emerge and gentle wood spice.
Finish: Woodspice becomes mixed spice. The finish is warming and lengthy; salt and sherry towards the very end.
Overall: Bunnahabhain without chill-filtration is dense and oily and shows off its sherried credentials with ease.
THE REAL HIGHLANDER
FIRST OF ALL THE DISTILLERY IS IN BAD CONDITION AND NEEDS HELP.SECOND THE CASK BEING USED ARE VERY OLD SIX AND SEVEN REFILLS.THAT SAID THEY DO MAKE A GOOD TASTING SINGLE MALT I LOVE THE 12YR.THE NEW OWNERS NOT BURN STEWART NEED TO SINK SOME BIG CHANGE INTO THE RECONDITIONING OF THIS POORLY KEPT DISTILLERY.
7th November 2014
My 1st sip was lets say challenging, but the more you drink the more enticing this dram becomes. Its so unique, so special. TRY IT !! 5 STARS
6th November 2014
One of the most underrated drams out there.
Nose- Buttery caramel, oak, cream, ocean breeze.
Palate-caramel, oak, spice, Demerara sugar and sea salt.
Finish- long, smoky,sugary, spicy
Overall-very complex whisky. Sugar,spice and smoke. You'll have a craving for more.
4th November 2014
salty salty salty
Smooth and salty
i felt the drink with high sodium..
Could not bear salt i taste
18th January 2014
This whiky has incredible nose, red fruits, magnificent Oloroso notes, so fruity
Mouth : Oak at first, and saltiness. Now give it A drop of water, and Time to open, complexity appears.
Now there's à real consistency and balance is perfect. The mouth becomes very interesting and quite straight.
Finish is quite long.
This is an amazing piece of malt, without ppm, but à real temper.
15th December 2013
This is our first dive into a Bunnahabhain...and noses first! One’s schnoz can easily pick out the ideals of the distillery; delicately floral with a cold musty intrigue. But still, behind that mask of pretty there lies some of the muscle of Islay, leather outweighs peat considerably but it’s warming to the heart to know where the roots of the spirit lay. A touch of sweetness in a caramel sort of way, mixed with toasted peaches and into our salivating holes she glides.
Glides is a little off cue...the way this golden goodness meanders about the mouth is the way a hot air balloon moves, floating and swaying with a mind of its own. It practically evaporates off the tongue and massages the roof of the tasting orifice. Dried fruit of raisins and sultanas, a hint of calvados and not shy of a peppery persuasion. Some soft tannin’s are enjoyable, as is trying to pin down the evolving salt that washes to and fro like seaweed stuck in flotsam. Oak, certainly oak, but drizzled with soy sauce. There is an oily quality that seduces the gums and jaw into chewing for what seems like a numbing eternity. A sensational mouth-feel, solidly built with plenty of contrasting characters.
Round and round this siren sings, songs of effervescence and calm ocean waters. With an ending of copper...the metallic kind that numbs and sparkles; we have discovered a delicious dram from a distillery we shall see again. Certainly worth a dip, but you might not stay anchored too long; for there are bigger creatures to hunt from the shores of Islay.