The Bunnahabhain Moine Oloroso is a recently released limited edition by Bunnahabhain distillery that features their heavily peated spirit, released under the Moine label, matured in Oloroso sherry casks and bottled in cask strength of 60.1%.
From my own experience, peat and sherry works together quite well if they are given enough time to mature and so that magic will happen. However, we don’t know how old is the Moine Oloroso but I think we can assume it’s relatively young. So the question is: did it spent enough time in the casks (and wasn’t rushed out)?
Bunnahabhain Moine Oloroso (60.1%, £77.65)
Nose: Heavy bonfire smoke at first, pretty clean and dry, gentle and warm sweet dried fruit, think more purple than red, un-burnt charcoal, soaked raisins, figs, really easy going despite the high ABV. Giving it some more time in the glass it opens up a bit. There’s more punch and more dried fruit sweetness and dark chocolate, some freshness and fresh red fruit. Very good balance for its age (it’s young one, right?). With a few drops of water it’s fresher and there’s less smoke so naturally more dried fruit.
Palate: Big smoke hit, big cured smoked meat and then sweetness takes over. Demerara sugar, sweet berries juice, with the meat note going in the background. With water: less smoke and no meat so sweeter at first but then loses some of the balance with added oak and coffee bitterness.
Finish: Long finish, warm, lingering smoke, cured and smoked meat, weak sweet raspberries and blueberries and bitterness with water.
Thoughts: Good stuff. Smoke and Oloroso dried fruits combo which works great here in a very delicate balance (until you add water). A bit too dry but still it delivers a tasty whisky. I guess we can say it wasn’t rushed out as the result is good and tasty, although I do wonder if it would have benefit from another year or two in the casks