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Bottled at 45.8%, this 14 year old mystery Ileach is believed to hail from the Bunnahabhain Distillery. It is the product of a peated run distilled in 2004 and filled into 11 First Fill Ex-Bourbon barrels.
Andrew's Tasting Note
Nose: creamy and velvety with salt vanilla icing and a wood fire burning nearby; briny seaweed salad and smoked mussels in a creamy broth.
Palate: creamy, honeyed, malty and tarry; creosote soaked logs, honeyed-ashy smoke and more maritime tones: seaweed salad and smoked mussels in a creamy broth; the sweet vanilla oaky tones slowly pickup speed with melons, citrus and Strawberry Twizzlers.
Finish: medium in length it gently clings to the palate with lovely barley sugars, ashy smoke, vanilla, citrus and maritime tones.
Comment: peated Bunnahabhain is hit or miss for me, but fortunately this one is a hit!
Producer's Tasting Note
Nose: Stewed fruits and barbecue coal with sea spray and coastal rocks. Sweet smoke dissipates as core flavours of fresh citrus and salted caramel come to the fore, combining classic Islay flavours with refreshing fruity notes.
Palate: Burnt honeycomb and baked raisins infused with five-spice and peat smoke. Candied fruits and sherbet lemon build as an underlying earthy peat brings together a superbly rich and juicy mouthfeel, with crème brûlée notes and a delicious peat-infused caramel layer.
Finish: Long and heavy with maple-cured bacon and liqueur-soaked sultanas. A beautifully fresh and peaty finish.
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