Following the very good and tasty duo from yesterday, here’s another old and well matured Bunnahabhain and it will be a sandwich vintage to the due (from 1988) but since it was the last to be bottled, it carries the 28 year old sign on the label.
It was bottled by Speciality Drinks Ltd (sister company to The Whisky Exchange), 344 bottles were produced from cask 100229 and I have high hopes from it.
Bunnahabhain 1988 28 Year Old (The Single Malts of Scotland) (46.8%, £150/€209,00)
Nose: Heavy and oily nose (definitely more than the duo from yesterday), strong honey note at first with cream and then the fruit joins the party with pears, apples and a few apricots and but the real surprise (for me) is the strong waxiness that popped up here along with a wee salt note that balance the the sweet fruit. After a few minutes there’s gentle spiciness with white pepper and oak spices along with vanilla pudding and soft cereals. With a few drops of water the waxiness is almost gone but the nose gets ultra creamy, A very delicate and beautiful nose.
Palate: wax, salt, vanilla, honey, cream, gentle white pepper and non-bitter oak wood spices, fruits. velvety and mellow. With water – stays the same but less intense.
Finish: Medium-Long length, lingering honey and wax with gentle pepper & oak spiciness
Thoughts: If I was tasting this blind, I’d think it’s some indie Clynelish. It’s a very balanced whisky with gentle fruitiness, honey and waxiness that makes it a remarkable tasty Bunnahabhain. Yeah, I used tasty on yesterdays Bunnas but this one is on par with them, even if it has a different profile, as gentle and elegant works fine just as well with the quick sold out as an evidence.
(Official sample provided by Speciality Drinks Ltd)