Just like in the last few years, we get to see again in 2018 some special releases from Distill distilleries. But this time it’s all coordinated and they were show cased in a dedicated event called ‘The Malt Gallery’ which is to become an annual event.
This year there are six special releases from Bunnahabhain, Deanston and Tobermory and the first one to be reviewed is the Bunnahabhain Mòine Bordeaux.
It was distilled on 18.12.2008 and bottled 26.02.2018 (so 9 year old age statement) spending all this time in Bordeaux red wine casks. 4,536 bottles were made, bottled at 58.1% and pretty much all of them were gone from the web shops following the huge success of previous years special releases (Moine Oloroso and Moine Brandy).
Bunnahabhain 9 Year Old 2008 Mòine Bordeaux Cask Matured (58.1%, £99.90)
Nose: Right out of the fresh bottle it was very closed and needed some time to open up. Then we get dry smoke accompanied by red berries, cherries and red wine. After breathing for a while there’s smoked meat and sweet glazed BBQ meat with nuttiness to top it all.
Palate: Here it’s smokier, sweet, BBQ meat, cinnamon, sweet red berries led by cherries and raspberries, smoke, sweet peat, nutty, drying at the end.
Finish: Long finish, lingering sweet red cherries and dried berries, BBQ meat and smoke.
Thoughts: What a cracking whisky! It’s not overly complex but it’s good and tasty. A great combination of sweet red berries, smoke and meat. A perfect winter dram and a worthy successor to the Oloroso and Brandy incarnations.