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Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old 2009 Dr Jekyll

Dr Henry Jekyll

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

13th Jun 2022


Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old 2009 Dr Jekyll
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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 start with Dr Jekyll – the respected Dr Henry Jekyll is beautifully illustrated on the label – that is beautifully copper coloured. Sweet, fruity and light umami nose on butterscotch, marzipan, broth and armagnac – a divine combination. Add some tarragon and Maggimix herbs, as well as some furniture polish and rum raisins. I really like this profile. The start is surprisingly soft and distinguished on plum jam, hazelnuts and candy sugar with again such a nice umami side as if from roast beef with an oranges’ sauce. Fine balance and spicy enough to entertain, but Victorian reserved as befits Henry. Ha, that finish! Wonderfully long, gently drying but sweet until the very last moment. Delicious! Fantastic cask selection. Unfortunately, there are only 69 bottles (say sets, because of the Mr Hyde release, there are also only 69) available for about 150 EUR each.

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