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Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old

Speysider Talks Islay

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@GeorgyReview by @Georgy

28th Sep 2013


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NOSE: the first note I get from this whisky is the one of dry white wine (Pino Grigio). Then it becomes slightly sea-coastal and mineral with just a hint of peat. After a while all of this is heavily masked by very dominant, creamy sherry-related notes, chocolate, and spices. So much so that you can easily mistaken this whisky for a very charismatic Speysider. And as time goes by the Islay almost completely dies out here.

TASTE: big sweet barley malt with mineral nature to it, transforming into seaweed. But, again, after some time Islay makes way for unexpected , delicious sherriness spiced with nutmeg.

FINISH: long, spicy, warming with slight oak and seaweed at the end that you should savor because you will hardly notice it the second or third time you pour yourself a glass.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: it's a Speysider's gig introduced by a host from Islay who, after the announcement, disappears thus allowing the Speysider to carry on with the show on its own. The show I enjoyed immensely.

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Bigtuna commented

I love this stuff, it's definitely in the 90s for me too. Great spice, sherry, salt, and a slight peat lingering in the background. This past weekend I shared my bottle with some non-scotch drinkers and they were sold, yet it still intrigues me as I get more into peaty scotches.

7 years ago 0

Georgy commented

It's a delicious whisky) In my opinion, the reason some people misunderstand it is because most are disappointed by the lack of that dominant peat and smoke that they expect when buying a bottle of whisky that says "Islay whisky" on it.

7 years ago 0

vrudy6 commented

I agree @Georgy. I get this 12 year old for 42 bucks here in Miami, FL. Its complexity, non-chill filtered, no caramel color added. What a bargain! This dram is definitely one of my favorites.

6 years ago 0

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