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Bunnahabhain Eirigh Na Greine

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Bunnahabhain Eirigh Na Greine

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Bunnahabhain Eirigh Na Greine

This is the first wine-cask finished Bunnahabhain I've encountered. It does not specify which wines are used - only that they are French and Italian Reds.

Nose: Toffee with sharp red fruits. Grapefruit and citrus(!??!). Quite salty. Obviously a young whisky as it still has that slight 'rubbery' edge to it.

Palate: Mainly salty toffee. Marshmallow. After a few seconds the wine-effect becomes apparent with some sharper red and black berry fruit flavours coming through. I can also detect red apples and a slight spiciness. Becomes sweeter the longer it sits in the glass - like a glacier cherry has been dissolved into it.

Finish: Medium-long and dry. Toffee stays to the end.

The potential is there. There are some really nice flavours here, but I think the base spirit needs 2-3 years more in the cask to really meld them together. I actually think it could be a great whisky with a bit more ageing. As unfortunately seems to be the trend nowadays this is a NAS bottling, but I'd hazard a guess at it being 5-6 years old.


This unpronounceable Bunnahabhain (well, let’s give it a go anyway: ‘ae-ree ne gri-niyouh’) means ‘the morning sky’ in Celtic. It is their newest Travel Retail expression with no age statement which is composed of different vintages and matured on both Italian and French wine casks.

The nose is sweet but with a dirty edge. Think sweat. Yes, I know, does not sound terribly great. Sour butter – have you ever smelled that? This Bunna has that on the nose. Then some vanilla and red berries, but not much else. The spices, however, are omnipresent: cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, ginger and cumin. This even reminds me a bit of a gin. A sweet gin, though. A touch of woodsmoke. Albeit a sweet, but sweaty nose. Hmm.

It is soft on the palate with a good body. Immediately some oak with the accompanying spices. Peppered caramel, vanilla and a salty edge. The fruit is again limited to red berries and some raspberries. I can actually taste the wine now – which I could not detect on the nose.

The finish is fairly long on raspberries and nutmeg.

A weird Bunna, that is the least you can say. A bit too much oak to my taste. Thanks to The Green Man for the sample!

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