Yellow gold in colour, has thin quick legs and sat for 30 minutes before being reviewed in a Glencairn glass.
Cherry candy, this is very a subtle nose, I have to work at it. I’m getting honey and loads of sour cherry blasters. Homemade raspberry jam, more honey, some sweet maltiness. It’s a very shy nose, the cherry eventually joins the rest in the backround. A final pass reveals fresh berries, fruit salad. Smells like a good summer whisky. 20/25
I know I wouldn’t pick this to be a Bunnahabhain on the nose but the palate leaves little doubt. It’s very mouth coating, initially giving candy, fruit and bubblegum on the tip and side of my tongue with the dusty hazelnut on top, such a great arrival after the shy nose. A lot more malt here, barley sugars, vanilla and oak. It’s as sweet as the nose was fruity. There’s a little salt as well, a little maritime twang. Sweet cereal milk. Creamy as hell, amazing development on this one. 23/25
*a few drops of water opened up the nose nicely but muddled the flavours on the palate way too much. I’d rather keep the discret nose in favour of the amazing development on the palate.
Medium in length, it’s all sweet malt and honey at the end. It’s slightly drying for a few seconds and then pretty much disappears like it was never there. 19/25
Value and presentation
Top marks all around here, un-chillfiltered, natural colour, age statement and 46% abv. The box is really nice and has a bunch of information about casks and coopers written on it, I like the bottle design too. I paid 134$ CAD for this, a different take on a 14 year old Bunnahabhain, I’d say I’m getting my money’s worth! I highly recommend it and lastly a little warning; this bottle took a few glasses to come into its own, everything was very subdued at first. I opened it on a side by side with Glendronach 14 Marsala as well, that didn’t help. I’m glad I didn’t give up on it, I find it to be a very rewarding malt on the palate, so much flavour markers to pick out! 25/25