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This is a 1997 vintage Bunnahabhain from Wemyss Malts - a range of whiskies named after their flavours. Driftwood is a 15 year old whisky and each cask in the range is specially selected under the eye of Charlie MacLean, the legendary whisky expert...
Nose: A bonfire on a beach, with hints of wet pebbles, soft fruit and sea spray. Tarry and dry, slightly grassy.
Palate: Driftwood! Dry oak, hints of allspice and tar. Very subtle hints of smoke, black pepper and linseed oil.
Finish: Oaky, woody finish. Herbal.
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Caveat: I have a weird and rather unsophisticated palate...so I was rather shocked to find that I agree generally with the MoM tasting notes. On the nose, my first impression is smoking, wet wood mixed with brine. Unfortunately, the nose then turns to cough drops briefly...then changes to subdued leather. The taste is very "maritime" - oil, tar, brine and (for me) smoke, wood, and black pepper predominate. I'm no expert, but this is one of the most pungent scotches I've had - I can smell it from a good distance - and also the most spicy. By "spicy" I mean as in heat - like pepper - not allspice. In fact, in the finish, I taste jalapeño peppers...might be a good match for fajitas. I found no fruit or sweetness in this one, but that's OK. Driftwood? Maybe burned driftwood, but it's a nice dram for autumn.
25th September 2013
This whisky is too dry and maybe bit harsh.We won't buy a bottle.
19th July 2013