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Toiteach is Gaelic for "Smoky", a hint of what's to come. That's right, a heavily peated Bunnahabhain! A great chance to try a smoky malt from a distiller of gentle, fruity Islay 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.
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An 'empty' whisky - I checked the % to see if it had been watered down, it is so lacking in body. Yes there is unsophisticated smoke, but smoke bubbled through water and not much else. Somewhere in the background is a delicate Bunna whisky but its so lost its way. Cant believed they released this, or that I paid so much !
27th October 2015
I'm a big fan of peaty Islays so I was looking forward to this, but... While it has a pleasant nose and a nice warm palate (plenty of peat), I get a HUGE amount of pepper at the finish. It actually drowns out the other flavours imho.If you're a fan of peppery whiskys, then you'll enjoy this. Otherwise it's probably not worth the price.
8th February 2015
I actually prefer this over laga 16. smooth as hell. I'd drink laga by the winter fireplace. I'd drink this on a fall night.
21st January 2015
Complex, smoky. Simply what I've been looking for in a whisky for all my life. Perfect.
17th January 2015
This is a very good whisky! Try it, you wont regret it.
19th October 2014
tastes of xmas cake. a beauty..
24th July 2014
The smoke is more than offset by the sweet toffee. Lovely if you like that kind of thing, which I do.
5th May 2014
In a tasting of Bunna offerings covering the Toiteach, 12, 18, 25 and 40 the Toiteach didn't seem to be able to hold its own against any of the others. Sure it's got a strong rubbery peat reek that's not to be found in any of the other bottles but that was just about all it had going for it. Not particularly complex or memorable. I'd rather hit the peat bog all the way and choose a Laphro, a Laga or an Ardbeg, or settle with the peatless Bunna offerings.
25th April 2014
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