I’m continuing my review of the Distell Limited Edition Malts, today with the Bunnahabhain Moine 2008 Bordeaux Cask. This one is interesting, because we have a Deanston matured in the same casks that was released last year.
It’s no secret that I’m partial to whisky in wine casks, and I really liked the Deanston 2008 Bordeaux. It is, hence, not very surprising that I enjoyed the Bunnahabhain even a bit more, given the peat.
This year’s offering from Deanston is a Brandy matured cask, which was one of the Bunnahabhain offerings of last year. I wonder when we’ll see one of the other distilleries with the lovely Fino casks we saw on the Tobermory this year. The Palo Cortado casks from the other Bunnahabhain this year, by the way, were also used to finish the 12 year old distillery exclusive (see here). I have not yet had the opportunity to taste the Deanston Palo Cortado, and hope to do so in the future.
Bunnahabhain Moine 2008 Bordeaux Red Wine Cask Matured (58.1% ABV, NCF, NC)
Appearance: Copper, slow legs coming off a very sturdy necklace.
Nose: Dry and smoky with a lot of red fruit. The dryness is chalky. But it would benefit from some time more tine in the glass. Baking bread, grain, and the spirit is still present.
Palate: Peat and sweetness, ripe bananas, sweetened cranberry, and some brazil nuts. There are warm sweet spices with nutmeg and clove.
Linger: Sweet and tart with a chalky dryness and a tingle on the tongue. There’s a lingering sweetness on the tongue, and a light, but smoky, vanilla throughout. Pepper remains on the tongue and around the gullet.
Darn, this is awfully good! That smoky vanilla note is a total delight! This is definitely a dram that delivers on its promise. Great stuff!