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Bunnahabhain 10 YO Batch 14 That Boutique-y Whisky Company

That Boutique-y Advent Calendar 2019-03

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@NozinanReview by @Nozinan

12th Jan 2020


  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
  • Overall

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This is the third of 24 reviews in this series, the result of FOMO and seizing an opportunity when the LCBO dropped the price of this set by 50% in early 2020.

There are some people who absolutely love Bunnahabhain. I am not one of them. In my whisky journey, this distillery has been overshadowed by its heavily peated cousins on Islay. Sure, I’ve tried it a few times, like younger relatives who are often included so that they do not feel left out, but I’ve never really paid close attention. That changes today, when my focus is squarely on this distillery’s entry.

This expression is reviewed in my usual manner, allowing it to settle after which I take my nosing and tasting notes, followed by the addition of a few drops of water, waiting, then nosing and tasting.

Nose: 22/25

Very sweet. Fruity. Dark dried fruits. Sherry. Very rich. No flaws. Hint of peat. With a little air, I get a hint of red wine. Not too complex but quite pleasant.

Taste: 22/25

Rich, full flavour. Sweet arrival. Sherry. Peaty in the development. A slight effervescence, or is it a little spirity? Water this the mouthfeel, bit does not affect the flavour much. **(21.5/25)

Finish: 21.5/25

Sweet, astringent, peppery.

Balance: 22/25

Nose and palate complement each other. Not too complex but nicely balanced between sherry and peat.

Score: Neat - 87.5/100 With Water: 87/100

This is a very nice whisky. It certainly brings my attention to a distillery I don’t often think about.

This would definitely encourage me to try more expressions from Bunnahabhain, and I think, if I had a smaller cabinet, and if the price were right, that I would strongly consider buying a bottle.

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CanadianNinja commented

Just woke up and this is one of the first things I’ve read today....lucky me!

Interesting review.

I’m not surprised by the higher mark given to it without water being added. While it is unusual for me to find improvement after adding a couple drops of water to a whisky in general, I can say that I’ve never found improvement after adding water to a Bunnahabhain.

I have not had the opportunity to try this one. I hope I do someday.

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