Bunnahabhain 10yo, Sgeul Na Mara, 2003-2013, Feis Ile 2013 Bottling

Tasting Notes

ABV

60.1%

 

Region

Islay

 

Bottling

Distillery

 

Cask type

Sherry Butt (#79, 606 btl.)


Nose

Lovely sweet start on the nose with sherry, dates and raisins, followed by dark fruits and a bit of toffee. Fresh with sea air, some oak, hints of damped wood and leathery notes. A touch of cinnamon, pepper and salted nuts in the back.

Palate

Bold and rich on the palate. Big and mouth coating with sherry sweetness, Christmas cake, caramel and dried dark fruits, accompanied by an intense warming spiciness of oak, black pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a whiff of cardamom. Becomes slightly astringent towards the finish with subtle bitter walnuts and tannins.

Finish

The finish is long, creamy sweet, dry and pleasantly warming with toffee, spiced oak, bitter dark chocolate, damped wood and a touch of salt.


With Water

Stays sweet on the nose by adding a splash of water while more sea air is coming to the fore. Fresh and fruity. Sweet and creamy on the palate where the bold spiciness is significantly tamed. Damped wood and leathery notes are nicely mixed with delicate malted barley. The finish is a bit shorter, creamy sweet with caramel and a lingering nuttiness on the tail.

Comments

A big sherried Islay whisky. The nose and the palate deliver delicate, intense and multi-layered flavours. Nice interplay of sherry sweetness, dark fruitiness, warming spiciness, fresh sea air and lingering saltiness. Quite enjoyable neat despite the high alcohol content. The perfect companion to a sea salt dark chocolate bar.

 

I thank Björn Lahmann from Whiskyplaza for the sample!

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