Unsurprisingly, this will be everything but a neutral review. That being said: what an incredible treat this dram has proven to be!
Well hello! The nose gets things going just the way I want it: big wafts of luscious sherry notes. Raisins, dried fruits and a nice seaside brininess. Then, some salted caramel and oakiness, nice spices and a definite hint of dark chocolate.
This is such an inviting nose; sweet, salty, sensual, superb. The brine and bitterness of the chocolate are the perfect counterbalance to the overal sweetness of the sherry casks.
Good God. This is a sherry bomb if ever I tasted one. The initial arrival oozes sweet sherry, brown sugar and dried fruit. The second wave breaks through and takes you to the seashore with a definite brininess. Then; nuttiness, oaky spicy goodness and an extremely appealing dark mixture of espresso and chocolate come through. After a while, the syrupy sherried sweetness returns. All of this is accompanied by a coating, almost creamy, warm mouth-feel.
Extremely impressive, this is a truly multi-faceted and 3 dimensional dram to taste. Overal it's sweet and warming. That nice little touch of chocolate/espresso though... It just gets me every sip, astoundingly pleasant.
A nice long finish, with the sherried nutty sweetness lingering on. After a while, that ridiculously pleasant note of chocolate/espresso comes back and leaves its mark on this dram like an artist's signature...
This dram leaves you just sitting there, empty glass in hand, thinking about how precious malt moments are when spent with a Bunna like this.
My most sincere thanks to Bunnahabhain, this whisky is astonishingly good.