SW says: 'Bunnahabhain’s main attraction is the annual masterclass hosted by distillery manager Andrew Brown and senior blender Dr Kirstie McCallum in the filling store. Featuring a range of cask samples, the class is a testbed for future Fèis Ìle releases, as well as for new expressions from Bunnahabhain due for release over the coming year. ‘A few of these may become future limited editions,’ Dr McCallum told the room. ‘So please get involved and let me know what you think.’
As people started filling out of the filling store, so did the juice. I got to try this twice - blind.
N: Tasted blind, there has clearly been a spirit < cask fusion here. Clearly it’s not straight bourbon or sherry matured, so what is it?
T: This is delicious. It’s very sweet yet not saccharin - Koval Millet-esque if you will [WB], with icing sugar & Peach Melba yoghurt notes, accompanied by a pleasant soft mouthfeel.
F: It’s the easiest drinking barley juice. I’m guessing age-wise, it’s just scrapped the three year mark, though one masterclass attendee suggested it was a 2012 vintage. Anyone?
C: It’s so obvious when you know! I’ve always enjoyed these infrequent ale-cask malts and this one is no exception. This proved very popular on the day and was available in the shop.