In their Discovery range Gordon & Macphail offer approachable entry level malts and today I’ll put two of those to the test, both for the Islay distillery of Bunnahabhain. Both are quite young, but one matured on a bourbon cask, while the other slept on a sherry cask. I’ll start with the 10 years old on bourbon.
On the nose it is immediately clear that this is peated Bunna on sweet malt, cured meat, sea fruit and wet sand. Some paprika powder, charcoal and a medicinal note. Iodine and burn ointment.
Nicely mouth coating and a lot sweeter than the nose promised. Toffee, barley sugar and liquorice. The salty edge returns and the peat smoke becomes relatively dominant. Nice balance.
The finish is long, sweet versus salty with lots of notes of charred wood.
Not really entry level in my book. Much better in fact. And more interesting. Very entertaining Bunna, around 50 EUR.