Smothered by PX, the Bunna character disappears somewhat. PX sweetness, sweat and chocholate with a hint of smoke is all that remains. It is muscular and yet charming in a way but not really mulitlayered.
Drops of water really help to push the score by 3 points. Still this dram is too overwhelmed by the PX for my taste. Less would be more.
Only 2-3 drops of water open it and push it in the dots scale up - yet I find him ambiguous and can not make friends with him
Immediately there is foul smoke in the glass, sulphurous sherry, behind it dusty Renekloden - with the addition of water appear dates and dried apricots, grilled fully ripe pineapple - the foul sulfur notes after a while in the glass
full bodied - chimney smoke, honey sweetness with subtle sherry touch and vanilla - in the mouth it is much more balanced than in the nose and presents a different character
Smoke stuck in the throat for a long time and lots of sweetness
Nose: Campfire smoke, orange, black tea, mint, wet, dried hay, dark chocolate Palate: Smoke, some sweetness reminiscent of cane sugar and light oiliness, white pepper and a touch of dried raisins Finish: Medium to long, a few almonds because of the bitterness. Were European oak barrels used? and dry. The smoke will remain present for a long time. For the issue price but at today's, aufgrufenen prices I would not put me.
[June, 2016] I had this dram during a "Feis Ile 2016" tasting at Bonn.In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 87,5. My notes state the typical modern "dirty" Bunna style.
Well, that's not my think. I like Bunnahabhain a lot from their usual malt expressions but somehow the Feis Ile editions are to fancy and underdeveloped concerning their charakter. The PX touch doesen't work very well here.
Concerning price/performance ratio: 6/10
Cold smoke. Some fermented fruits. Sweet hay. Raisins and some orange.
This is why I didn’t used to like peated Bunnahabhains. It is pretty one dimensional peat. It doesn’t develop and it isn’t layered. Nice enough dram, but not interesting enough. Because it is a Feis Ile bottling it is pretty pricy and exclusive. But any Islay blended malt at cask strength will do just as fine.
Farmy peat notes. Lots of hay, peat. A lot of peat actually and not that much smoke. Behind that some sweet vanilla. That’s it.
A bit more smoke in the mouth. Still those farmy notes. With peat. Still I can’t detect any PX notes. Some vanilla from the bourbon cask are there.
The finish is quite pleasant and smoky. It is long, but doesn’t develop.