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I didn't have a lot of Bunnahabhain but I usually have a vegetable note that I don't like, something like boiled cabbage. But not with this one.
Toiteach means smoky, so its name is a program in itself. Is it up to it? Lets see. The reviewed bottle has been opened for close to two months and is 80% full.
The nose offers smoke, citrus, hay, eucalyptus, a load of salt, vanilla and light peat. There is also some light sherry notes like plum and a very light nutmeg.
The palate is more ashy, oily and with vanilla butter. The peat is light, herbal and meaty.When first opened, the palate translate more the sherry notes but now the ash and meaty parts are proeminent. there is also more sweetness to it.
The finish brings the ash forward and the eucalyptus is revisiting before fading. At the end you have a nice contrasting act between some bitter mineral notes and a sweetness that lost gradually is vanilla flavor. I like it, but I like dry finish more than the average whisky drinker.
Conclusion: The balance is good. Freshly opened, it was more complex, but even if the flavors are simple now, the are very good and very Islay. This whisky is a lot like a simple meal made with first quality ingredients. There is something very honest about it.