Bunnahabhain 23 [Abbey Whisky]

Bunnahabhain 23 [Abbey Whisky]

This Bunnahabhain is 23 years old, aged in a refill bourbon barrel and bottled at a natural cask strength of 44% ABV. It is the second release in the ‘Rare Casks’ series by Abbey Whisky, following a lovely 17 year old Caperdonich released late last year.

The colour is a  light blonde, like sun bleached hay.  It has a delicate nose, fruity and slightly briney.  Initially there are green apples and unripe pears, then a sweetness comes through, some parma violets and citrusy lemon bon bons.  Then, with a little time to savour, an earthy aroma emerges, flower stems and canvas tents.  There is also a gentle dark chocolate bitterness and a dusting of peat and smoke.

This is creamy and gentle on the palate. There is a briney foundation on which the other sensations build. First a sweet honey emerges and then an essence  of vanilla lingers between wisps of smoke.

The finish continues in a light and unaggressive tone, vanilla fudgemeringue, smoky toasted marshmallow.

For me, this is a grower, the more time spent with it, the more I enjoyed it.  For a ‘peated’ Bunnahabhain, it’s not ‘big peat’, it’s a gentle dram, light and unaggressive.  It’s the kind of whisky that you could spend a quiet day with, relax and enjoy.

There’s only a limited number of bottles available, so if you want one, be quick!

Available from Abbey Whisky for £79.95

Many thanks to Mike at Abbey Whisky for the sample of this lovely whisky!

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