Whisky Review: Bunnahabhain 14 Year Old 2002
Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky
Origin: Bunnahabhain Distillery
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
Warm bananas and peaches, buttery biscuits developing into marzipan. A hint burnt sticks.
Nutty! Brazil nuts, almonds, and soft walnuts. Coconut and vanilla fudge. Soft and oily body.
Lingering and warm. More nuttiness, almonds, coconut with a marshmallow sweetness.
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
Light champagne gold (3/20), quick medium-sized oily tears leave finer legs
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.
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.
Medium, sweet & sour nature persists
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.