When your boat arrives in Port Askaig on the isls of Islay, the most famous whisky island of Scotland, you can choose to drive to the ‘Sound of Islay’, the first distillery on your right, or you choose to drive a little further, turn right at the sign and meander another seven miles until you reach the end of the road and reach the ‘Mouth of the River’ – the Bunnahabhain distillery.
43% abv, €30single malt, non-chill filtered, natural colour
Nose: thick sweet soy sauce, sweet heather honey, floral, honeycomb, dried fruit, mango, apricot, citrus, orange juice and zest
Palate: fresh, not too sweet but still a hint of vanilla, spicy, white pepper, cinnamon, dried fruits, apricots, rather dry mouth feel
Finish: medium long, creamy, sweet, vanilla, citrus, lemon peel
Conclusion: It is good, bottled at the right time, or the Sherry notes might have taken over the beauty of the spirit itself. A very nice daily dram, very likeable, very affordable.
distilled in 2008, bottled on 02/04/2015, after having matured in a combination of first and refill ex-Sherry Hogsheads.
.many thanks to Gordon & Macphail for sending us this sample from their #WoodMTW campaign