.bunnahabhain – 1978 – murray mcdavid

An old Bunnahabhain from 1978, bottled in 2015 by Murray McDavid into 269 bottles. Matured in a single ex-Bourbon barrel for the first parts of her life, and finished in an Austrian premium dessert wine from Willi Opitz for “the best part of a decade”.

50.4% abv, €35
single malt

mmcd_mission_gold_bunnahabhainNose: gluey, sweet, heather-honey, fruit, citrus, orange rasp, dried fruit, cranberries, rum soaked raisins, quite oaky, pencil shavings, nuts, pecans, tobacco

Palate: strong, sweet, honey, dried fruit, cranberries, rum soaked raisins, plums, sawdust, oaky, spicy, white pepper, ginger, tobacco
Finish: long, sweet, honey, fruity, dried fruit, cranberries, oaky, saw dust, tobacco, dark chocolate

Conclusion: I am afraid there is a lot of oak influencing the spirit a bit too much. The wine has given the cask some nice sweet flavours, but the identity of the spirit is a little overpowered by the lengthy finish. After a little longer, she gets better, the oaky-ness diminishes a little, but instead you get more sweetness and not the beautiful Bunnahabhain character, which is something I miss in this bottling.

.this sample was kindly given to us by Murray McDavid for a long gone twitter tasting

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