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Bunnahabhain 32 Year Old 1980 Malts of Scotland

Discrete Peat

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

18th Nov 2012


Bunnahabhain 32 Year Old 1980 Malts of Scotland
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Malts of Scotland has just released a whole new series of whiskies (the winter release?) with quite a few Islay malts, including this Bunna at respectable age. The hogshead yielded 220 bottles at a cask strength of 46,8% ABV. The new look of the MoS-labels is exciting. They keep innovating.

On the nose, the peat is very discrete, almost absent. Thanks to the long maturation it has been tempered in favour of white and yellow fruits. Butterscotch and vanilla, a touch of coconut. From the spice cupboard, I remember camphor, ginger and a pinch of cinnamon. Salty lining. Very nice nose.

Creamy and round on the palate. The first thing I notice is the slight smokiness, sweet touches of fruit, but then a grand counter attack is mounted by the maritime elements and the peat, that rears its head now. The oak joins the fray with a slightly bitter edge.

The finish is long, with sweet and salt battling, while the salt conquers all.

This is the oldest and best Bunna from Malts of Scotland that I have tried so far (they have older ones like the Angels Choice, but I have not yet tried that). Around 130 EUR. Thanks, Jeroen, for the sample.

PS. The MoS website has been totally revamped. Worth a visit!

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