Review: Bunnahabhain 23 Years Old 1991 Bass
Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky
Origin: Bunnahabhain distillery
Bottling: Morrison & Mackay for Lockett Bros
Cost: £95 from Lockett Bros
What they say:
A spectacular Bunnahabhain 23yo Single Sherry Cask #5420 bottled at natural cask strength 49.3% ABV.
What I say:
A sherried single cask 23 year old Bunnahabhain you say… Well here was I thinking it would be hard for the chaps at Lockett Bros to find something to match their previous single cask Bunnahabhain bottling under their Islands label – also bottled under the Bass Rock name: Bunnahabhain 24 Year Old 1989 – Bass
Light ruby gold (11/20), quick large tears and thick legs
Dried fruit and nuts, Christmas cake/pudding, brandy butter, leather, cinnamon & orange, spiced cloves, nutmeg, chocolate, leather, spiced nuttiness, toffee, sherry, red fruits, damsons, figs, candied peel, dark/spiced rum
Molten toffee, fruity, mulling spices and oranges, figs, damsons, rich fruit cake, cinnamon powder, rich polished toffee, chocolate covered, nutty, hazelnut and walnut, dried fruits; raisin
Long, smooth, chocolate, nut and sherry
A very good sherried dram, full of chocolate and nut flavours and redolent of Christmas mulling spices and alcohols – what’s not to like?
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