Bunnahabhain

Bunnahabhain 14 Year Old 2002 ~ 51.6% (Claxton’s)

Whisky Review: Bunnahabhain 14 Year Old 2002

Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Bunnahabhain Distillery

Bottling: Claxton’s

ABV: 51.6%

Cost: £80.82 from Master of Malt

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What they say:

This single cask bottling has distinctive nutty flavours synonymous with the Bunnahabhain distillery style. However, 14 years of maturation in an American oak hogshead has also created a very lively character with prominent vanilla elements

NOSE

Warm bananas and peaches, buttery biscuits developing into marzipan. A hint burnt sticks.

PALATE

Nutty! Brazil nuts, almonds, and soft walnuts. Coconut and vanilla fudge. Soft and oily body.

FINISH

Lingering and warm. More nuttiness, almonds, coconut with a marshmallow sweetness.

  • Region: Islay
  • Cask No: 1607-3185
  • Year Distilled: 29.10.2002
  • Year Bottled: 2016
  • Cask Type: Hogshead

What I say:

Many thanks to Adrian at Claxton’s for kindly providing this sample for review. A 14 year old single cask/cask strength Bunnahabhain matured in an American Oak Hogshead. Natural colour/non-chill filtered

Colour:

Light champagne gold (3/20), quick medium-sized oily tears leave finer legs

Nose:

Sweet and dusty with sharp and citric fruit aromas, chalky and mineralic or coastal with sharp sea salt, sparkling white wine/white grape, melon, cereal gristy/biscuit, oaty flapjack, honey, banana fritters, toffee, syrup, pears, almonds, pear & amandine tart.

Taste:

Medium bodied, leads with malty & gristy cereal barley, a sharpness of citrus fruits combine with a gentle prickle of white pepper spice, kiwi fruit, melon, white grape, oaty biscuit/flapjack, green oak wood, love heart sweeties; chalky/sherbet/fruit fizzy and citric and slightly sour in places, nutty with toasted flaked almonds.

Finish:

Medium, sweet & sour nature persists

Overall:

A deliciously coastal Bunnahabhain, ripe with pear and almonds but also quite mealy with plenty of grsity barley too combined with a nice citric zest make this very pleasing indeed.

Score: 85/100

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