I haven’t been overly lucky with Bunnahabhain in general and was faced with the choice to buy the 39 year Tomatin cadenhead, or this 39 year Bunny. Middling reviews and a lack of success with the distillery made the choice easy enough and I went with the Tomatin. I never gave my choice a second thought since all my peers seemed unimpressed and even called it over oaked... Until I tried it. I was instantly filled with regret for not picking one up, but we can only go with the information at hand. A stunning Bunna, and I vehemently disagree with my peers who were not impressed. The moral of the story must be that only you can decide what is a great whisky. Even when everyone else is wrong ;)
A great old waxiness, which I love. Antique wood, soft cherry kirsch, a classy old leather chair once used by a pipe smoker. Most surprisingly - melons, some mango and a sprig of mint. Wow.
A firm and memorable waxiness. Some biting leather and cocoa nibs, but again, soft tropical notes of honeydew, mango and kiwi. Cherry wood and firm but unobtrusive oak. Let’s call it black tea. Perhaps a little wood glue, but I do not mind. Again a little mint and fresh herbs. Amazing.
Waxiness lingers, the fruit fades and the wood comes to the fore. It is firm, but I do not find it obtrusive at all. Some herbs, cocoa, with cherrywood and black tea notes.