Color: Dark grapeseed oil
Nose: A laundry list of exotic notes: Fennel seeds, lemon lavender jam, salted Turkish delights, and lemongrass then more traditional notes of freshly cut oak and leather wallets
Palate: Easy entry but peppery towards mid-palate. A myriad of citrusy sweet flavors found in boutique upscale candy stores: Lemon pinwheels, pie crusts, vanilla pudding, now candied fennel seeds, a hint of mint. The advanced age of this whisky is clear but the candy store sweet treats help balance out the experience.
Finish: Medium length with hints of vanilla pudding and candied lemon peels remaining
On the label: An indulgent whisky offering a cornucopia of candy shop goodies and a host of patisserie delights. The oak on the nose and palate hints at age yet the liveliness can not be ignored.
Founded in 1881, Bunnahabhain distillery is one of eight working distilleries on Islay and the only one on that small Hebridean isle to produce predominantly unpeated (neither earthy nor smoky) Scotch whisky. Just up the coast from Diageo's Caol Ila distillery, Bunnahabhain sits on the Port Askaig corner of Islay and is right across the water from the Isle of Jura.
Joshua's video review of this whisky is just below: