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July 8, 2013


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Tasting three Bunnahabhain
from the 1970s

In my experience these Bunnahabhains from the 1970s are relatively gentle and easy, even at around 50% vol., so I've univocally decided not to use any water today. Mind you, good whisky-compatible bottled water is becoming expensive! Pfff...

Bunnahabhain 30 yo 1978/2009 (50%, Douglas Laing, Old Malt Cask, refill butt, ref #5120, 566 bottles)

Bunnahabhain 30 yo 1978/2009 (50%, Douglas Laing, Old Malt Cask, refill butt, ref #5120, 566 bottles) Three stars and a half Colour: gold. Nose: it's a fairly mineral one at first nosing, it's even a little chalky. Quite some grass too, clay, then more walnuts, cigarette tobacco and leaves, probably from the sherry. Nice but a little too dry at this point, lacking the kind of subtle and fruity... er, fruitiness that old Bunnahabhains often display. Mouth: slightly rough but there's more happening now. A kind of rather spicy sherriness, with some burnt raisins, toasted bread, blackcurrant leaves or buds, then more chocolate. Maybe prunes as well... yeah, prunes. Finish: rather long, with this chalkiness again and then more bitters, cinchona, bitter oranges... Comments: very good, maybe just not polished and luscious enough for an old Bunnahabhain. Interesting bitterness on the palate. SGP:361 - 84 points.

Bunnahabhain 35 yo 1974/2009 (47.3%, The Whisky Fair, bourbon hogshead, 250 bottles)

Bunnahabhain 35 yo 1974/2009 (47.3%, The Whisky Fair, bourbon hogshead, 250 bottles) Four stars and a half Colour: straw. Nose: isn't it quite striking how the early 1970s are very different from the late 1970s at many distilleries? Indeed there are many more fruits here, it's actually a large fruit salad, with pears (but not too much!), oranges, gooseberries, melons, bananas, peaches... What's more, the oak's quite light, there's just a little cinnamon and the usual white pepper. Maybe a little fresh coriander too? Nice and clean, pleasantly uncomplicated. And that's not just the bourbon wood. Mouth: even more fruit salad on a bed of vanilla, honey and white pepper, with only touches of ginger. So bananas, peaches, ripe pears, a little coconut, passion fruits... Well there are tropical fruits but it remains globally 'western' as far as the fruits are concerned. Finish: good length, the oak's starting to show more but all that is under control. Rather easily. Comments: one of the fruitiest ones. Excellent, just not immensely complex in my opinion. Bah, it goes down very well... SGP:651 - 88 points.

Bunnahabhain 40 yo 1973/2013 (50.6%, Archives, butt, cask #3463, 156 bottles)

Bunnahabhain 40 yo 1973/2013 (50.6%, Archives, butt, cask #3463, 156 bottles) Five stars Colour: pale gold. Nose: oh, this is interesting! There are many fruits again but also an added layer of mineral and earthy tones that add much depth. Apples and gentian roots, pears and moss, peaches and pipe tobacco, coconut and leather... Also mangos, touches of smoke, maybe earthy celeriac? Very fine! Mouth: it's the fruity side that took over on the palate, and this time it's very citrusy, with plenty of blood oranges, then grapefruits and a fistful of fresh hazelnuts. Big fruits! Very lovely, and there's even a little salt starting to show after a few minutes, which makes it kind of coastal. Well, more coastal than other old Bunnahabhains, did it mature at the distillery? Finish: long, clean, zesty and zingy. Just what the doctor ordered (you can do better, S.) Comments: there's a Littlemillness in this old Bunnahabhain. We won't complain. The sherry's discreet and that's a euphemism. Who cares! SGP:741 - 91 points.

More tasting notes Check the index of all Bunnahabhain I've tasted so far

 

 

 
   

 

 

 

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