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Bunnahabhain Distillery Island of Islay Scotland

Bunnahabhain The Coterie Esclusive

Review of an exclusive bottling for the Bunnahabhain club.

Origin: Isle of Islay (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 56.9%ABV
Ageing barrels: Ex-Bourbon finished in ex-Rum
Chillfiltered: No
Added coloring: No
Owner: Burn Stewart Distillery plc.
Average price: € 150.00
Official website: bunnahabhain.com
Vote: 77/100

Like many distilleries, Bunnahabhain has its own club, called The Coterie, for which an exclusive bottling is made each year.
A tradition that began in 2019 (with a whisky aged in ex-Sherry PX casks), the second release contains a distillate from 18 January 2012 bottled (by hand) on 14 November 2020 after spending six years in ex-Bourbon casks and two in ex-Rum casks.

Ageing in Rum hardly meets my taste, and such long ageing makes my wrists shake a little, but I’m not prejudiced and drink.

Tasting Notes

Full gold in the glass.
On the nose, the influence of Rum is present although not very marked, the aromas start out a little closed but then become soft and prissy, with floral touches on candyfloss, almonds, peach, apricot, beeswax and hay. Slight metallic base note.
Vanilla, banana and caramel appear on the palate, driven by a discreet spiciness (pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg) from which dried fruit (hazelnut, pecan), rhubarb, apricot, brown sugar, honey, wood shine through. Another metallic note in the background.
The finish is quite long and dry with hazelnuts, honey, sugar paste and fruit.

A dram without infamy or praise, rather anonymous for a special edition but even if it were ‘normal’, with that metallic note that somewhat disturbs with its presence, makes me keep my vote down (as usual, for what it’s worth).

Other bottlings in the blog:
Bunnahabhain 12yo
Bunnahabhain 18yo
Bunnahabhain 2007 French Brandy Finish
Bunnahabhain Fèis Ìle 2020
Bunnahabhain Stiùireadair
Càrn Mòr Bunnahabhain 2004
Claxton’s Single Cask Bunnahabhain 16yo
Morisco Spirits Bunnahabhain Staoisha 7yo
Valinch & Mallet Bunnahabhain 22yo (2018)
Wilson & Morgan Bunnahabhain 2014

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