A 30 year old bunna from the sherry barrel, I think that's a combination that not only makes me totally curious. The color promises intense aromas, the dark mahogany color is definitely a real eye-catcher. The whisky looks great in the glass!
Mhhhh what a wonderful smell rises from the glass. Dark, sweet fruits with ripe cherries, dried plums, a hint of strawberries, plus a great integrated citrus fruit that provides a pleasantly sour note and freshness. Everything is fused with cocoa powder and a strong spiciness that tickles the nose a little with pepper, despite the only 46% alcohol content. An old oak shelf with very old books with leather book spines just comes to mind. The tannins are really wonderful and the different flavors complement each other very well. Everything interlocks so well that I only know from a few whiskys. A gentle dryness can be felt and underlines the idea of cocoa powder that I mentioned earlier.
In the mouth, the bunna is initially much stronger and hotter than expected, it really tingles on the tongue ... I definitely didn't expect that with 46% alcohol content. Here I am very happy that the whisky does not have an even higher alcohol content, although the intensity of the aromas could be even more present. But then the sharpness on the tongue would simply be too intense. Strong pepper and a chilli heat ensure a tingling sensation in the entire mouth. After swallowing it, it gets even more peppery and hot ... I have to double-check that it's actually only 46%. The dark fruits are now much more subtle than on the nose. The peppery spiciness clearly sets the tone here and passes the scepter to the tannins of the oak barrel. Coffee, a little liquorice, a little bit of salty dark chocolate, leather and tobacco ... very successful tannins, but there is no play partner at eye level in the form of a slightly more present sweetness and fruitiness. These vibrate in the background, but what was still a balanced team in the nose loses its balance in the mouth. For me personally, the bunna in my mouth cannot do what the nose promises.
As announced in the taste, the finish is dominated by the tart and spicy notes. I still have black pepper, leather, a slightly wet forest floor, a little salty liquorice. The sweetness and fruitiness can still be guessed in the background, but the finish clearly goes in the bitter direction and here too I would have preferred a little more fruit sweetness. But I have to emphasize that the tannins turned out really well.
I'm curious to see if a few drops of water will take the heat out in your mouth. The nose stays terrific even with water, in the mouth the bunna becomes a little softer, but it lacks the fullness and intensity of the aromas. Still, I have to say that the whisky made a strong impression on me overall. While the bunna was still really inspiring in the nose, it was also good in the mouth, but for me personally it cannot keep up with the great rating for the variety of flavors when smelling.
I got 89/100 points.