Review: Bunnahabhain 8 Year Old – The MacPhail’s Collection

Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Bunnahabhain Distillery

Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail – The MacPhail’s Collection

ABV: 43%

Cost: £30.25 from Master Of Malt

Score: 83/100

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What they say:

The MacPhail’s Collection from Bunnahabhain Distillery

Peated

8 Years Old, Strength 43%

COLOUR

Pale Gold.

Body

Medium.

Finish

Medium and smoky.

Cask Type

Refill Sherry Butts.

Style

Light Islay Dram.

Tasting Note

AROMA without water

Salty and sweet with an underlying smokiness. Cured meat aromas with cooking apples and dried figs.

TASTE without water

Smoky and sweet initially on the palate, with melon and apricot flavours and a milk chocolate edge.

AROMA with water

Sweet with hints of strawberry and mango. Salty sea air aroma with bonfire embers.

TASTE with water

Green apples with a touch of aniseed. Dried walnuts and cigar ash flavours linger.

Bunnahabhain 8 Year Old - The MacPhail's Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

What I say:

Sampled as part of Gordon & MacPhail’s ‘The Wood Makes The Whisky’ Campaign. Thanks to Gordon & MacPhail for the official sample. This is an 8 year old heavily peated expression from the Bunnahabhain Distillery on Islay matured in refill sherry butts.

Colour:

Golden refractive charddonay (6/20), fine droplet tears leave fine legs

Nose:

Sweet and peaty, milk & honey, hospital smell, antiseptic/clean, slightly phenolic, fruity, citrus, smokey bacon crisps, lactic, charred wood, fresh cut grass, mossy, maple-smoked bacon and clove oil. Pretty powerful stuff!

Taste:

Smooth cereal barley malt, honey, golden syrup, milk & cream, vanilla, TCP-like/germolene, fudge, butterscotch, charred bbq meats, wood-smoke, peat, toffee, treacle, new/fresh/spirit phenolics, raw and young.

Finish:

Medium-long peaty phenolic, acrid smoke – almost rubbery (burning tyres), sweet peanut and chewy gum arabic

Overall:

Great nose, young and a touch vitriolic on the palate – this one needs time in the glass and some air or water to tame that youthfulness! After that it is intense Islay peat all the way. Great and powerful dram for its age – I kinda liked this one!