Drinking with the captain
1st Dec 2015
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Tasting Notes by Alexsweden
Bunnahabhain Mòine is, to my understanding, a "Sweden exclusive" NAS Bottling from the Islay distillery. Much like the Highland Park Cask strength. The scottish seem to have taken a liking to Sweden, I do not object at all.
The Mòine is bottled at 46.3% ABV. It's natural colour and un-chill filtered. It is very pale in the glass and that is something that i appreciate given the habit of many distillers to colour the whisky nowadays. 46.3% is surely marketing.. It is not cask strength and if it was age wouldn't have taken that much of in 3-6 years. Still it's a good hearty strength and it keeps the whisky from being underpowered.
Freshly poured it gives off a fresh, almost minty peat smoke. Something I would call slightly medicinal. Fishermans friend lozenge. Also peat and damp soil. Bright! As time passes it leans more to smoke and charred wood. The progression is rather interesting and after about 10-15 minutes in the glass it becomes more meaty with notes of ash and chorizo. It also opens up a bit on the sweetness introducing smoked vanilla, grass and pears.
The palate is quite similar to the nose. More of that fresh peppermint lozenge, smoked vanilla, chorizo and pears. Quite a bit of ash too.
Sweet and sour. Salty, perhaps a hint of sweet Conference pear. A piece of spongecake intermingling with the smoke. Ashtray. The finish isn't entirely clear, things get a bit muddled.
All in all a enjoyable dram thats easy on the wallet at 35EUR.