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Bunnahabhain 1989 A.D. Rattray 23 Year Old

Daylight come and me wan' go home

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nReview by @numen

5th Aug 2013


Bunnahabhain 1989 A.D. Rattray 23 Year Old
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Nose: A little waxy smokiness, and clearly on the usual sweet barley in this sort of ex-bourbon expression. Honey and lemon. Also rather a bit of pear and banana, which starts out as very yellow, and turns into a beautiful bunch a'ripe banana. Toffee and caramelized popcorn, and then something a bit odd and vegetal. Green peppers and sea spray for the saltiness. Buttermilk. Dill and cotton candy. Nice. And vanilla, for obviouslies. Yes, I wrote that.

Palate: Sweet, sugar-coated barley. Honey. Cool vanilla creaminess. Lemon zest and wax. It's nice, very to the point. Nothing left to say. Really. It's a simple, linear show. And now we're on to Act III.

Finish: Wood comes out a bit from the wax, providing a touch of bitterness. A hint of the usual lemon zest, wax, and sweet maltiness. Less honey here. Lightly salted green vegetables way in the back of the finish. Very nice, especially if you want something easy that hits all the basic elements.

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Victor commented

DAY-O quoted in the review title will reel me in to read a review every time. This Bunna sounds sort of fruity interesting, in an everyday sort of way. Everyday middle of the road whiskies are good too, except who wants to wait 23 years for one to mature, when there is tons of everyday interesting at 10 years?

10 years ago 0

numen commented

@victor, my friend, you've hit the nail on the head. It's a perfectly respectable dram, and it does exactly the sorts of things that you would expect a dram like this to do. It's good, and completely ordinary. There are so many other drams that do this for less money (and require less ageing) that I couldn't make a good case for this.

10 years ago 0