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Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old

Islay 'lite'

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@IainVHReview by @IainVH

28th Nov 2011


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Sampled in a Glencairn with a teaspoon of spring water.

Legs: Long and shapely, like a Moulin Rouge dancer.

Nose: A strong sherry aroma with big hints of fruit, certainly sultana and maybe cooking apples, toffee, a slight salty note hiding in the background. Very pleasant and warming smell.

Taste: Strong sherry arrival with fruit again and vanilla and as with the nose an undercurrent of salt.

Finish: A long lingering finish with the salt fading slowing but the fruit and vanilla remaining.

Overall an extremely pleasant dram for the winter fire side particularly I should imagine at Christmas when the turkey is massacred, the christmas pudding is laying like a brick on your stomach and you've bumped off your relations (home I mean, not killed them!)and you're settling down to watch a film you've seen several times before, probably 'It's a Wonderful Life' (but who cares you''ll no doubt nod off before long anyway).

At this stage in my whisky journey I don't care for the heavily peated Islay whiskies, so for me this represents a lot more enjoyable alternative to your Ardbegs and Laphroaigs.

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smokeybarrels commented

This sounds right up my street- do you think it is the breakthrough "gateway Islay" and you'll be drinking Ardbeg with the best of them come Xmas??!! This will be going on the wishlist, and if I'm not mistaken Ralfy made this his whisky of the year last year...

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IainVH commented

Hi Smokey, Yes appartently Ralfy is a big fan. I stiil think that the bridge between this whisky and Ardbeg is still a a wide one and maybe 'A Bridge Too Far' (another seen several times Christmas special movie) hehe. Been to Santa's grotto at Skipton lately? I'm planning a trip soon for some Christams treats, can't wait! Cheers.

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