Today we have yet another That Boutique-y Whisky Company bottling (that makes four in 22 days) - this one is a 10 year old. I also happen to have an SMWS 11yo on hand so we'll try that one after this.
The colour is a light gold. Delicate on the nose with sea spray, lemon zest and banana skin. Quite floral. Apricot. Soft vanilla. Custard. Water dilutes a bit too much so don't bother. This is a really beautiful nose, sweet, citrusy and fruity and with I think a very light peating (or maybe that's the cask? Or is the ocean breeze on Islay playing tricks on me?)
On the palate is lemon curd, some heat from the alcohol, more vanilla, papaya, and green banana. Sea salt. Mouth-coating. Like the nose there is a lovely balance between the fruit and citrus, with the coastal character shining through.
The finish is briny with lemon pepper and oversteeped green tea. This is Bunnahabhain at its best, full of character but clean and elegant. Next, let's see how it compares to a very different beast of a malt...