The island of Islay is iconic with whisky drinkers all over the word, mostly for the big bold peaty whisky that splits the whisky community faster than marmite ever could.. Luckily there are a couple of distilleries that produce whisky the Non peated way.
Founded back in ( in theory) 1779 when William Robertson of Robertson and Baxter Blending House joined forces with the Greenlees Brothers to create the Islay Distillery Company. Bunnahabhain came into reality in 1833 when the Distillery was built on a site close to the Margdale river.
In 1930 the distillery closed it doors with the whole of Europe feeling the effects from the war, luckily though just 7 years later the distillery re-opened and production started up once again.
Today the Distillery, owned by Distell after merging with Burn Stewart in 2014 boasts a worldwide following and is sought after by the independent bottlers which brings me nicely onto today’s expression..
A beautifully aged Bunnahabhain ( 35 yo ) that is of course NCF and all natural in colour, bottled at 40.2% abv this batch 4 release from That Boutique-y Whisky Company has an outturn of 302, 50cl bottles.
Nose.. Age shows instantly in this with the aroma of a typically old style, earthy, subtle spices and a coastal scent make this typically Bunnahabhain. Apple peel, ripe pear, dried grass and even the softest hint of tobacco.
Palate.. This starts of rather delicate and fruity before spices take over, a sweetness coats the mouth while the creaminess just tickles the taste buds..
Finish.. Lingering spices with a twist of sweetness.
Thoughts.. With a mirage of flavours and aromas to delight the senses this old style Bunnahabhain can only delight and seduce you to submission.. Complex, deep and totally awesome is the only way to describe this latest offering from Boutiquey..
This Sample was taken from my 2017 Boutique-y Whisky Advent Calendar.
Bunnahabhain 35yo from That Boutiquey Whisky Company..