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Bunnahabhain 11 Year Old 2010 Mr Hyde

Mr Edward Hyde

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

13th Jun 2022


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Robert Louis Stevenson published his book 'Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' in 1886 , allegedly written as a result of a nightmare. He only took three days to complete the 141-page book, by the way. It is best known for the fact that it addresses the principle of a split personality. Boogieman Import does exactly the same with this duo release, because one bottle contains a Bunna that matured for 12 years on a sherry butt, the second a Bunna that matured for 11 years on a sherry butt. But they couldn't be further apart in terms of color. We end with Mr Hyde – the evil creature Edward Hyde is on the label – that is as white as a corpse. The nose is quite peated and shows some candied white fruit (apples and pears), walnuts and chicken broth. Quite a few more maritime notes (think ship's rope) with a hint of dried fish. Very naked, if you know what I mean. A whiff of diesel from a fishing boat in the distance. Very good. On the palate, it is initially surprisingly sweet on vanilla and crème brûlée before the peat wraps the whole thing in a smoky blanket and some darker notes of fruit appear. But make no mistake: the sherry has barely spoken here. I'm even surprised this was a sherry butt! That does not alter the fact that I really like this. Reminds me a bit of young Coal Ila or Ledaig and you can get me out of bed for that. The finish starts smoky, but as the peat slowly fades out, the white orchard fruit comes squeaking back. Indeed, this is of a very different caliber than Dr. Jekyll. With that in mind, Stefan and his team (Vivienne, Derek and Michel) have not only bottled two very tasty whiskies, but also released a beautiful set, because the whiskies are indeed the Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde of Bunnahabhain. Kudos!

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