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Bunnahabhain Toiteach

Smoky transparency

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@Pierre_WReview by @Pierre_W

14th May 2016


Bunnahabhain Toiteach
  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
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Toiteach means ‘smoky’ in Gaelic and was launched in 2008. It is a blend of younger, peated and some older, unpeated whisky.

The nose is very milky and ‘farmy’ to begin with: cereal and porridge are the dominant flavours, until peat smoke starts to emerge. After a while there is a whiff of apples, really faint. Very clean and a bit simple.

The palate is medium-bodied, salty and dry. The peat smoke is now more prominent, together with more apple flavours, cereal, some vanilla and a touch of caramel. Just like the nose, the palate is very clean and almost transparent in nature.

The finish is of medium length, salty and just a tad spicy. The smoke lingers and complements the wood spice and pepper notes that have come up.

Toiteach is a young, clean and rather smoky Bunnahabhain. I wonder what the outcome would have been if the master distiller had used 100% peated malt to create it. A lovely and vibrant expression, just a bit simple.

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