Note from Mr. Serge V.
Bunnahabhain 2009/2017 (60.5%, Gordon & MacPhail, Cask Strength, 1st fill sherry hogsheads, casks # 323-325) Five stars
Curious to see why these cool people in Elgin bottled these two sister casks separately. Because there must be a reason! Colour: gold. Nose: oh I see, this is much more mineral, limestone-y (do you say calcareous?) and barley-y, so much drier, more austere… Now if this is really ex-first fill sherry – and of course I have no doubts - they were fino or manzanilla casks, even if I do get wee touches of bubblegum, and rather less smoke. With water: a perfect pure maltiness. Mouth (neat): oh wow! Smashing lemons and quinces, plus angelica and soft roots. Jerusalem artichokes? Or is that parsnips? Love this, really love this… With water (while the whisky gets very cloudy, as often with G&M): totally perfect mineral lemons. I say no more. Finish: sadly, yes. Comments: whether you’re on a budget or not, you should rush out and buy these glorious and immaculate young Bunnies by G&M. State of the art, gives you faith in ‘whisky today’.
SGP:362 - 90 points.