A combination of ex-bourbon and ex-oloroso sherry re-fill casks are combined to balance this extremely lightly peated dram. Coming in at a peat level around 3ppm, the smoke is almost non-existent.
Appearance: Rusted gold.
Nose: Orange peel, dried apricots and sweet floral notes.
Taste: Sweet nuttiness, vanilla fudge and red fruit.
Finish: Oak, spicy vanilla and nutmeg with a hint of burning heather.
Overall: A rich and decadent malt with subtle hints of Islay.
If you’re planning on hosting a blind whisky tasting and you want to throw your guests right off, give the Bunnahabhain a try. It’s also an excellent choice if you want to slowly introduce someone to Islay-style malts, or anyone who is particularly fond of Speyside whiskies.
If the person you’re buying for is a fan of the Bunnahabhain 12, you could also try Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie, Highland Park 12 or Jura Origins 10.
Since its launch in 2010 the bump in alcohol has really helped to bring this whisky together, balancing out the differing characteristics.
ABOUT THE DISTILLERY
Founded in 1881 near Port Askaig on Islay. Bunnahabhain is known for making a milder malt in comparison to the rest of Islay.
ABOUT THE LIQUID
The 12-year-old sets the benchmark for the entire Bunnahabhain range, low peat, sweet spice and big fruit.
Water, Malted Barley, Yeast.