Origin: Isle of Islay (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing cask: Ex-Bourbon hogshead refill
Added colouring: No
Owner: Whisky Facile
Price: € 73.00 su Whisky Facile
Official website: Whisky Facile
I end the tour of the bottlings celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Whisky Facile blog with the youngest of the trio, the peated version of Bunnahabhain, which was recently chosen by another Italian bottler to the satisfaction (mine and others), Morisco Spirits.
The story of this bottling is so special that it deserves to be read directly from the words of the people who chose it: I will just mention that it’s a stock of bottles that have been ready for sale for a year but were abandoned by the client…
Distilled in October 2013, put into 146 bottles at the end of 2019, recovered thanks to the late Beija Flor‘s patron, Maurizio Cagnolati.
Having reached the end of these three bottlings, I’d like to say a few words about the group of people behind Whisky Facile.
I am one of the latest arrivals in the world of bloggers, and I still have a long way to go (and drams to drink) before aspiring to have the enormous wealth of expertise and professionalism of Davide, Giacomo, Jacopo and Matteo: if I am here to put down on the net my impressions, aware that I am sharing a passion and not trying to sell it from an improbable intellectual superiority, I owe it to them too.
People who I consider friends before being “colleagues”.
Until the next 10 years!
On the nose it’s not the peated bang you would expect, or rather, the fat and meaty peat is there but is diluted by a massive marine minerality and a distinct herbaceous component (which together make tasty seaweed). A nice barbecue by the sea, perhaps in the pine forest, with fruity veins (pineapple, peach, pear), impressions of apple strudel, icing sugar, lemon. Rough and muscular but not aggressive.
Fifty-nine degrees… you have to look at the label more than once to be convinced that the alcohol content is so high, because just like the nose, the palate doesn’t feel it at all. Sure, it has a hint (black pepper and a touch of ginger), but you only realise later that it isn’t actually Perrier. Brine, lots of sea water, pine needles thrown on the fire with seaweed and ribs sizzling, a more evident sweet streak (lemon cream, cooked apple) accompanied by impressions of rosemary and gingerbread.
The finish is quite long and savoury, of toast, citrus fruits and sylvan evocations.
Young and powerful but not brazen, it expresses all its island essence as you would expect from a whisky with so few years of maturation, where the flaws of youth become merits and drag you into a fun, full drink without kicking you in the face.
Reviews of Bunnahabhain whisky 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
Morisco Spirits Bunnahabhain Staoisha 7yo
Valinch & Mallet Bunnahabhain 22yo (2018)
Wilson & Morgan Bunnahabhain 2014
Wilson & Morgan Bunnahabhain 2014-2020