A new and very limited Bunnahabhain 18 year old Single Cask. Aged in Oloroso Sherry casks, there were only 322 of these bottled just in time for Christmas 2020.
So, the nose on this starts with sea air, light wax and mandarin, before richer notes of buttery brioche, praline and milk chocolate covered raisins appear. Just a touch of smoke too: cigar and joss stick.
For the palate I see I’ve written “Lovely!” in my notes… Again it starts in a very clean and crisp way (red apple, pink grapefruit) before the richer development (toasted nuts, honey, Daim bars, cinnamon pastries). Slight smokiness and orange marmalade in the aftertaste.
This is proper Bunna, a great example of the distillery style, and the sherry is beautifully integrated.
53.4% / 70cl