- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Batch 01
- 50.0 % Vol.
- 1000 ml
- Added on
- 30 Oct 2010 5:48 pm
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Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain Cruach-Mhòna
15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.82 points
- Bunnahabhain Cruach Mhona is a crisp, and fairly refreshing peated expression. There’s good clarity of flavour and an agreeable balance between the coastal, meaty, rubbery and citrus flavours. There’s not a great deal of complexity here, and in the back palate, I personally find the oaking to be a little heavy-handed. But, nevertheless, you could do a lot worse than this if in travel retail. And, that’s a big point in terms of pricing – I’d only ever consider buying this in travel retail itself – the bumped price available via retailers outside of travel retail is too much (around £85) for this level of quality (even with a litre of quantity). Wider reviews of this whisky are quite polarised - I'm somewhere in the middle.
Immediately coastal and quite savoury - brine and seashells with a meaty, yeasty quality – rather akin to Bovril. Smoke runs throughout the nose, and is a mixture of oily coal dust, tar and bonfire (but don’t expect it to be at a level from other Islay big hitters). There’s some pleasant citrus here which plays nice against the seaside and meaty aromas. In the background, slight rubber tyres and engine room oil (both regularly fixtures for me within peated expressions from Bunnahabhain). A few drops of water adds some barley and egg noodles as well as oat cakes.
A medium mouthfeel with slightly oily arrival. Coastal again, but with some grassiness along for the ride. The smoke is a touch more gentle now than on the nose – brine, BBQ’d meats and vegetables (Sunday roast) – still rubbery and still tempered by citrus. It’s sweeter than you might initially expect. In the back palate, things become drying and oaky. The addition of water brings out some apples and further emphasises the citrus flavours, as well as adding a touch of chalkiness and ash.
Medium in length with herbalness, brine and drying bonfire smoke.
- So far, a little disappointing. Travel retail job. I prefer the complexity of the straight 12yr old. This one feels a tad young - even though some of my favourite whiskies this year have been 5 yrs old or less.
Daytime open air tasting - senses always sharper. A 'tight' whisky - wearing a dense overcoat of damp wood - which for me is hiding any peat smoke. I really had to work hard to unpick this one. needs water but the unlocking effect is subtle. Nose is sweet for sure, there's signature Bunny notes, slight not unpleasant rubber bands. Malty cereal notes, old fruitiness - like cider brandy? Suggestions of apricot - dried and wrapped in rubber bands and burried in leaf humous - hints of sherry, a touch of pear, dark sugar (but also syruppy) a touch of honey - lots of honey. Very (very) ephemeral oak and a drop of carbolic at the very end.
- nice peaty and smokey Bunnahabhain, gentle smoke, not a monster. Fine ABV, still sweet, some Bacon, salty, sea breeze. some fruits, fresh - fine dram!
- Batch 9
and sweet vanilla smokes...with pinch of salts .... and drop of
tabasco. Nutty, oily, umami and peppery. Medium length, smooth.
— at Bunnahabhain Distillery.
- Nice balance between freshness, full taste and peaty/smokey accents.
Lots of fresh fruits, hay, flowers, honey, vanilla, harbour flavours
Oily, barley sugar, PX sherry, peat fire, herbs, burning hay, pepper
Dry, smoky, pepper, herbs, sherry, pretty and long
- For me the best smoky Bunnah ... a real Islay smoker (80/100)
Sweet peat smoke, fresh with hints of honey, vanilla, pear and gooseberry. Later, the Bunnah-typical sea breeze is added.
Strong smoky and sweet. Honey and vanilla step into the background.
Long and phenolic