Dark and heavy, the Bunna rests in the glass. A treat for color drinkers, even before it gets going. The shapely, even bubble chain on the edge of the glass is visually almost a minor matter. A beautiful summery fruit sweetness emanates from the glass. Blueberry and blackberries stand out pleasantly. I have some blackberry bushes in the garden and see in my mind's eye how we munch on the almost black, fully ripe berries together on warm summer evenings. Cocoa notes and aromas of a freshly brewed, honey-sweet espresso and fine-spicy notes of salty liquorice complement the beautiful spectrum in the nose and make an interesting turn from ripe fruit to kräutriger spice. Alcohol I perceive only very restrained, which is very pleasant to me. The shape of Glencairn helps at this point, I suppose. Clean maturation, unusually clear for such a dark whisky. No dirt, no bad notes to unravel. Is there a bunnahabhain hidden under the sherry cargo? Very hard to say. Blind I could not have determined him, but the Sherrynoten from the barrel are really wonderful. No trace of sulfur in the nose. I am as happy as I am relieved and am happy to finally try it.
The Malt circles rich and heavy in the glass, one thinks to be able to look at the oily streaks the cask strength straight. The mouthfeel is marked by the power of the malt, smoldering warm and a bit thinner, as the optics could possibly hope. Interestingly, mild oak flavors, complemented by the tart-sweet taste of sugar beet syrup, with the typical, malty sweetness and a little caramel, initially seem to have been an idea too long in the pan, which explains the delicate, fine-roasted roasted aromas. A kräutrige note, complemented by sweet-sour blackberry jam and heavy, deep dark red wine caresses the taste buds. My personal highlight here is the transition between taste and finish. While the nose, which is still fruity and lovely on the palate, is drier and more mature on the palate, the bitterness of the wood is only very subtle and subtle. Lime aromas finally prove the palate, which exactly meets my taste and conjures up a small smile during the tasting inevitably in the face. The classic Maritime of a typical Bunna comes here a bit short, but what in an active First Fill barrel is hardly surprising.
FINISH / CONCLUSION
Beautiful, long Sherrynachklang, as you wish him. Very versatile for his age and the fresh sherry storage, I would like to attest to our subject here. Well balanced malt, which does not overtax the connoisseur or disappoint hopes by any one-sidedness. Very well chosen! Good modern sherry keg as it should be - great time to pull the malt on bottle before it loses its effect.