Deep gold in colour with medium slow legs, this was reviewed in a Glencairn glass after resting for 30 minutes.
Burst of warm honey backed by cacao powder, basket of fresh berries, peaches and Swedish berries. Bubblegum, the kind that came in a chewing tobacco imitation tin. Candied lemons and wine gums. The short of it is that this smells like walking into a candy store, complete with nostalgia trip. 22/25
Honey and a variety of nuts, I feel a little salt of the side of my tongue. Where’s my candy? The oak is a constant here, more so than in the younger Bunnahabhains I’ve reviewed lately. Pudding chômeur, vanilla custard. It’s a lot harder to extract the specifics here than it was on the nose, it’s a little dirty, all muddled together. It’s a gorgeous sipper still, a true Bunna but I wish it was a little more spirit forward. 20/25
Medium in length, while it last I was salivating like crazy from the honey taste on the side of my tongue, I found it to be slightly drying on top of the tongue too. I’m left with the sensation that I ate some nuts on top of my tongue. 21/25
*water hurt the nose and helped the palate. The arrival on the palate is quite stunning with it, super sweet and mouth coating.
Value and presentation
The packaging is very charming in an unassuming way, it looks like a bottle that believes in the quality of the liquid it contains. It’s presented at 46% abv without colouring and is un-chillfiltered. In other words, it’s well done. The value is great as well, this was 184$ CAD. How many 21 year old malts out there with this quality and presentation? There are a few but not many. Top marks here. 25/25