This is a peated malt from one of my favourite distilleries. While the majority of their output is unpeated spirit they put out some really nice peated whiskies as well. This one was bottled by independent bottler Gordon & Macphail as part of their “Macphail’s Collection” range, which largely consists of younger, budget friendly single malts.
I was a bit apprehensive about buying this as I’ve had mixed experiences with G&M bottlings that are under 46% ABV, but luckily I was at a really awesome shop in Frankfurt (WhiskySpirits) who let you taste most of what’s available before buying, so I was pretty assured with this one.
Aged 8 years. 43% ABV. No colourant added.
Nose: Young vegetal peat. Vegetable soup. Salt. Baked clay. Seafood. Quite medicinal, good deal of iodine. Buttered pancakes. Porridge. There’s a bit of an underlying honey-vanilla sweetness.
Palate: Quite creamy. Initially porridge, honey and malt, but then vegetal peat and saltiness build up. Slight citrus sourness (like a sour marmalade). Wood oils. Slight spiciness.
Finish: Medium. Bitter citrus. Vanilla. Salty peat. Rich toffee.
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 not the best peated Bunnahabhain I’ve tried, but for its price point it’s really good value for money. It packs a lot more punch than one would expect from such a low ABV and solidly represents the distilley character. I also really liked the rich toffee note I found on the finish which kind of just rounds out the whole experience.