Fancy new glass.
Bunnahabhain is an old favourite of mine, and for my tastes it can go exceptionally well with sherry, so when I saw this bottling going for under 40 EUR I figured it’s worth trying.
This is an independent bottling by The Ultimate Whisky Company, a Dutch independent bottler whose bottlings can range from mediocre to fantastic, and are usually available at a fraction of the price of similar offerings by other independent bottlers.
It’s been matured for its full 9 years in a 1st fill sherry butt, so it looks really promising.
Aged 9 years. 46% ABV. Matured in a 1st fill sherry butt. No colourant added and non-chill filtered. Bottled from cask #2128.
Nose: Lots of salty toffee, slightly unbalanced and needs some time to let the other aromas through. Fruit leather. Very clear but well-rounded malty note. Raspberry juice powder. Vanilla pudding. Slight hint of cinnamon buns (with raisins and icing).
Palate: Juicy red fruits. Nutty wood. Woodspice. Prunes. Date honey. Ginger.
Finish: Long. Honeyed malty, porridge. Toffee. Vanilla pudding. Ginger. Woodspice. Salt. Orange peel.
Would I buy this: Yes
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
This was some delicious stuff, complex beyond its years. Thick and oily malt character mixed with a really rich, fruity sherry cask character makes for a really nice drinking experience. At the price it’s a shame not to try this one.