Master of Malt keep on releasing quality single cask whisky. They’re all of such a high standard that picking your favourite is like picking your favourite Beatles album (The Best of the Beatles?!). However, we’ve started the series off with one that particularly caught our eye / was the first one we saw when we opened the package – a 23 year old Bunnahabhain from Islay bottled at 46% (natural cask strength). Islay holds a special place in our hearts; we’ll be making another trip to the Feis Ile in May and will look forward to visiting Bunnahabhain – the most remote distillery on the island; but a joy to arrive at after avoiding camper vans and caravans on the narrow single track road that snakes its way down to the distillery.
Back to the whisky; here’s are sophisticated notes (and by sophisticated I mean we’re hopefully a step above ‘Dr Pepper… It tastes like fizzy Bennylin’)
Nose: Quite dry and sandy to begin with before smoke wafts in like a Scottish mist; reminiscent of my nan’s coal fire. Touch of Everton mints. It is worth spending the time unravelling this nose – it is a joy.
Palate: Smouldering coal and light peat, it is almost like that moment when the sun parts the clouds after a coastal storm, a little salt lingers before peppery spice moves in.
Finish: Sea salt and smoke. Long and lingering.
This is a lovely clean Bunnahabhain with some deft touches of peat and smoke and is well worth a look at. We’re not going to lie to you, even though Alan would (even though he knows it is wrong) – “I know lying is wrong, but if the elephant man came in now in a blouse with some make up on, and said “how do I look?” Would you say, bearing in mind he’s depressed and has respiratory problems, would you say “go and take that blusher off you mis-shapened elephant tranny”? No. You’d say “You look nice… John””
This whisky really is nice. Go and buy one before it sells out.
[We’ve indulged with a few Alan Partridge quotes here as Ben is a big fan – hope you enjoyed them!]