Rating: I'm happy to have had this Bunnahabhain in the glass. He knows not only with his key data, but also taste to please. A bottling with which you can do little wrong. A candidate for a large bottle is not this Bunna for me. For that I miss that certain something and I have this kind of whisky currently just too much open. I have a good 88 points today.
Initially, a light, non-maritime peat smoke blows from the glass. There are plenty of oranges, rich delicious malt and cereal flavors, vanilla, caramel and fudge. Over time, the nose becomes sweeter. More and more fruits are coming to fruition: pears, sweet wild strawberries, ripe red berries, a little peach and sweet, floury apples. Owing to this overall picture, a fresh and remarkably peppery mint stretches ostensibly. The youthful intensity of this bottling is unmistakable. The alcohol stings initially quite strong in the nose. This Bunna wants to be tamed with some water. With a teaspoon of water, the nose becomes much creamier and more harmonious, without losing tension. I like the diluted version better in any case.
The start is very soft and creamy. Almost as on velvet paws, sherry flavors of the light-fruited variety enter the stage. I can hardly grab individual fruits. In addition to oranges, I especially perceive ripe pears. Dressed in sweet vanilla and caramel and bedded on a beautiful barley malt, which with time increasingly provides a tasty bitter contrast. For a moment, a slightly peppery spiciness rears up and also in the transition to the finish, it remains a bit rougher in taste. The peat smoke and the oak are becoming more and more effective and push the sweet malt-fruit-fudge mixture slightly into the background.
The finish is medium long. It starts relatively harsh with a lot of peat smoke and oak. At no time bitter and consistently accompanied by sweet bright fruits, malt and caramel. In between, the aftertaste becomes remarkably chocolaty and nutty. Towards the end, the delicious oak tree takes command again. With a nice portion of almonds and a last greeting from the caramel, the drop sounds nice and soft.