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Bunnahabhain 14 Year Old 1997 Adelphi


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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

10th May 2020


Bunnahabhain 14 Year Old 1997 Adelphi
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Independent bottler Adelphi was able to get their hands on a refill sherry cask in which the spirit of Bunnahabhain matured for 14 years, from 1997 until 2012. It yielded 525 bottles at cask strength. Surprisingly pale for a sherry cask, but then again, it is refill.

Oh, this is wonderfully dirty and peaty. A malty heart with creamy butter, hay, dusty books in the attic, wood shavings and some mint. Freshly baked bread. A touch woody, but at the same time quite pleasant. But no trace of any sherry influence bar maybe a sweet note of pear syrup.

On the palate it starts off dirty as well, a bit grainy with a good dose of peat that creates a big smoke. You can feel the cask strength now. The hint of mint turns into a good dollop of menthol and it works like a charm. Green notes of ferns and earth, again quite a bit of oak without turning oaky, but blind I would never have figures this for a sherry cask. Refill, I know.

The finish is long, warm and feisty on white pepper. The smoke becomes bigger still and for a second the peat actually bites.

A great winter dram.

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