This past week has been a week of independent Bunnahabhains, though none of them were as old as this one. I’ll get to one of the Bunnahabhain expressions we tasted last Wednesday at the Malt Mongers Israel Whisky Club tomorrow, but in the meantime, we have this treat from Specialty Drinks’s Single Malts of Scotland.
At 28 years old, the natural cask strength on this is very close to the Bunnahabhain standard OB bottling strength of 46.3%.
Bunnahabhain 28 Year Old 1988 – Single Malts of Scotland, Cask 100229 (46.8% ABV, NCF, NC)
Appearance: Amber, rather quick legs run off a very thin necklace, but leave quite a bit of residue in the glass.
Nose: Beeswax, golden delicious apples, hint of cooked cinnamon, dark honey and a freshly cut orange. After a sip, the waxiness intensifies with a fresh fruit salad, and the banana being clearly defined. With time, notes of honeysuckle and the lightest hint of smoke over a beach.
Palate: Thick and sweet, with a spicy wave, hint of burnt wax, and some citrus zest.
Linger: Starfruit and pepper, very warming down the gullet leaving a waxy dryness in the mouth, and a hit of bitter almonds.
This is a gorgeous cask. Old and dignified, I’d definitely love having a bottle of it, and while it’s currently out of stock at The Whisky Exchange, I’ll check during UK business hours if it ran out or hasn’t yet been put up for sale, and post an update here.
Billy updated me that this one is sadly gone….