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Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old, Islay Single Malt Scotch

Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old, Islay Single Malt Scotch

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Nose: The nose starts off with butterscotch, honey, and golden hay aromas most likely from aging in bourbon barrels. Then aromas of baking spices and chocolate covered raisins show up indicating the use of some sherry barrels. Finally sea notes appear, but not in the typical seaweed/iodine Islay style.
Palate: Enters the mouth with a hint of sweetness, but over all this scotch remains dry. This scotch is creamy without feeling oily or heavy. Flavors of malt like fresh bread dough give way to subtle sea air, and faint smoke.
Comments: This whiskey is all about balance. The malt and bourbon flavors are balanced nicely by the sherry and sea notes. It starts off sweet but finishes dry. It is creamy and delicate at the same time. A very well made scotch, but someone looking for a traditional Islay scotch may be disappointed by the lack of heavy smoke and iodine.

The Bunnahabhain Distillery on  the island of  Islay can be found here on our Map of the Worlds Distilleries.
Alc/Vol: 43%


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