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Bunnahabhain Ceobanach

Peaty Bunna

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@talexanderReview by @talexander

27th Jan 2018

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  • Nose
    22
  • Taste
    19
  • Finish
    20
  • Balance
    22
  • Overall
    83

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This is the last dram of a bottle I gave to Pam for her birthday last year. Actually, it was the second bottle I bought; I left the first bottle in the trunk of my car on a hot August day (I didn't want her to see me bring it in), and when I went back to my car the next morning, all you could smell was peat smoke. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but combined with all the aromas my filthy car exudes...well, let's just say it wasn't pretty. The bottle basically exploded in my trunk. It took 30 minutes of arguing (and by arguing, I mean begging) for the LCBO to let me exchange it for a new bottle. And Pam nicely saved the last dram for me to review it.

The Ceobanach (Gaelic for "smoky mist") is one of Bunnahabhain's peated expressions (which they refer to as one of their "Moine" whiskies). It is pronounced "kyaw-bin-och" and was created by Master Distiller Ian MacMillan to recreate the style of whisky that would have been made when it was founded in 1881. It is not coloured nor chill-filtered, and although it has no official age statement, the label says that the whiskies within are at least ten years old.

The colour is a very pale straw. While you might expect the peat smoke to come out front and centre, it's actually the lemon pith that dominates. We also have brine, sweet malt, cucumber water, Band-Aids, unscented candle wax, anise and lavender. Laudry detergent? (and no, I didn't eat any Tide Pods today) Water does little for the nose. Very fresh, clean minerality with a nice light peating. Gentle to a fault.

Mouth-drying on the palate with peat, citrus, white pepper and nori. Not as complex as the nose, though - it's very nice but rather thin. Water adds more citrus and brine. I love the Islay style but this particular dram needs more dimension.

The finish is quite faint, though peppery with more brine and lemon pith. It's extremely easy to drink, perhaps too easy as it could really use more oomph.

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7 comments

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

I'm curious as to how you convinced them that car taint was a reason to exchange it...

10 months ago 0

@talexander
talexander commented

Ha - the smell of the car was a piece of evidence that the reason the bottle was empty (and with cork and seal exploded off) was not because I emptied it. The store manager actually came to my car in the parking lot to smell the interior. He then lectured me on my stupidity before "reluctantly" agreeing to exchange it. I felt like I was twelve years old.

10 months ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@talexander I think you got off very lucky (with the exchange)....not so sure about the car.

10 months ago 0

@RianC
RianC commented

Thanks for the review! Have often given this a look so good to see someone else's take on it.

Probably one to try first.

10 months ago 0

@MadSingleMalt
MadSingleMalt commented

How is that not an age statement?

10 months ago 0

@talexander
talexander commented

@MadSingleMalt Well, I guess it is - usually an age statement is more prominent on the label, rather than just buried in the text of the description.

10 months ago 0

@MadSingleMalt
MadSingleMalt commented

Kinda sounds like the Glenfarclas 105s that used to have the age statement in the back label text instead of announced loudly on the front.

10 months ago 0

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