Bunnahabhain Moine 2008 The Ultimate

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Sample from /u/Bieliebielie via /r/ScotchSwap on reddit.

It’s no secret that I young the young, aggressive peated whiskies and one of the whiskies that is consistently good without much maturation is Bunnahabhain’s Moine (Gaelic for peat, it’s what they call their peated malt, fair enough).  This one was aged for a few years in a refill hogshead (note the gloriously pale colour), so we’re really just getting the raw spirit. It was bottled as part of the “The Ultimate” series by Dutch independent bottler van Wees.

Aged 7 years. 46%ABV. Matured in a refill hogshead. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled from cask 118.

Nose: Quite young, strong new make smell on the nose, which dissipates after a few minutes. Mineral peat. Thick porridge with cinnamon. Citric acid. Green banana. Salt. Ozone. Fresh linen. Heavy cream. Sawdust.

Palate: Rich malty notes. Mineral peat. Some earthy notes. Bitter honey. Woodspice. Dry grass.

Finish: Long. Bitter wood. Ash. Porridge. Salt. Some new make notes return here.

Would I buy this: No

Would I order this in a bar: Yes

Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes

VFM: 4/5

This was quite a nice one. The peat wasn’t as aggressive as it can often be in whiskies this young, for some that’s a good thing, for others it’s not. I fall into the latter group. The nose did have quite a nice perfume to it and it was a very easy whisky to sip.

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