For Feis Ile 2018 Bunnahabhain released two different bottles: a 10 years old on oloroso and a 15 years old on Spanish oak. I was able to get my hands on a bottle of the former, the 10 Year Old Moine, and poured it during my Feis Ile Masterclass in Ghent. It ended up in the top three. Only 1881 bottles were released, a nod to the foundation year of the distillery.
In all honesty, the nose at first reminds me of broth. Maggymix. Mushrooms, spicy borth, leather and a new pair of sneakers. Origin chocolate. Wet moss. Wet clay. Ferns. Even some cow pat. But it works. Underneath is some dark fruit, but it’s the herbal notes that claim your attention.
I get a lot more sweetness and fruit on the palate. Think raisins, plums and roasted almonds. The spiciness is huge with cloves, cubeb pepper, cinnamon and coriander. Tobacco leaves. A touch of menthol gives it some freshness.
The medium long finish is very spicy and dry.
A rather dirty Bunna, but I quite like that.