Bunnahabhain 1990 23 Year Old (Archives The Fishes of Samoa) Review

We’re approaching the end of Feis Ile 2017. Only two more distilleries left: Bunnahabhain today and Ardbeg tomorrow. Here’s your Bunnahabhain fix for today: a 23 year old sherried bunna from the Whiskybase.com Archives series. A sherry butt #52 that was distilled on 12/1990, bottled 02/2014 yielding only 201 bottles (might be a cask share).

Bunnahabhain 1990 23 Year Old (Archives The Fishes of Samoa) (47.9%)

Nose: Dried fruit and despite the low ABV it’s quite intense and punchy at first. Lots of raisins too, feeling a bit lighter due to some fresh red fruit and berries puree/mash, some vanilla and honey. Slowly some chocolate, nutmeg and cinnamon shows up.

Palate: Sour dried fruit, vanilla, dried figs and sultanas, mellow bitter wood spices, nutmeg and cinnamon, with dried red fruit in the background.

Finish: Medium length, lingering spices galore with nutmeg, cinnamon and wood spices.

Thoughts: A solid sherried bunna. Feels a bit light sometimes and the spices have the leading role here. Slainte!

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