Origin: Isle of Islay (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrel: Ex-Bourbon hogshead
Added coloring: No
Owner: Morisco Spirits
Average price: € 75.00
Official website: moriscospirits.com
The third and final bottling in the Italian bottler’s debut series, remianing on Islay, drawn from one of the island’s few unpeated distilleries, but choosing the Staoisha peated version in line with the other two bottles distributed, always single cask and cask strength.
I certainly won’t be the one to complain about this smoky thread, which is very popular especially in Italy, but I’m sure that future collections will explore other profiles of the endless Scottish production.
A very pale yellow in the glass.
In fact, it’s the peat that emerges on the nose, very mineral and coastal, with a hint of metal, grafted onto dried fruit (walnuts, almonds), peaches, apples, icing sugar, panettone, liquorice root. Rather gentle, considering the alcohol content.
Which raises its head at the very first sip, with an initial roar that is immediately mitigated by its good viscosity, leaving behind sparkling citrus (almost like a soft drink), liquorice, sugar paste and a thicker, smokier peat, like a charred tyre, at times exuberant.
The finish is moderately long, bitter and ashy, of dried fruit, grilled fish, lemon and salt.
All the brashness and roughness of youth that only a peated malt can express, it proceeds by absolutes like a teenager and you love it precisely because of this still romantic vision of whisky.
Other bottlings in the blog:
Bunnahabhain 2007 French Brandy Finish
Bunnahabhain Fèis Ìle 2020
Bunnahabhain The Coterie Esclusive
Càrn Mòr Bunnahabhain 2004
Claxton’s Single Cask Bunnahabhain 16yo
Valinch & Mallet Bunnahabhain 22yo (2018)
Wilson & Morgan Bunnahabhain 2014