Bunnahabhain - Feis Ile 2018 Spanish Oak Finish - 2002 16 year old Whisky
70cl | 58.2%
|Series / Description||Feis Ile 2018 Spanish Oak Finish|
|Age||16 year old|
|Alcohol ABV||58.2 %|
|Cask Wood Type||European Oak|
|Country of Origin||Scotland|
|Neck Level||Full Level|
|HTFW Cat. No.||LP9284|
A limited release of just 1500 bottles for the 2018 Feis Ile that was matured in whisky refill casks and then finished in Spanish oak Gran Reserva butts. A curiously funky and unique expression of Bunnahabhain with fresh ripe fruits, oaky spice with savoury notes of cured meat, farmyard, and leather.
Nose: There’s a big, funky opening to this that’s like walking past a cheesemonger. This is followed by pickled herring and a vegetal element – mashed neeps, gravy. It’s almost meaty, with a hint of the cowshed, silage and a gamey element (well-hung venison), then some classical elements of clove, date and prune, with extra lashings of leather. Water retains the vegetal element and the old-school weighty funk (à la Ben Nevis/Glen Scotia).
Palate: Big, with a light, struck match element adding a smoky note. There’s some toasted cereal on the tip of the tongue before meat juices pool in the centre. Fat and still funky, mixing sweetness with an oiliness. It has Bunna’s ginger notes, but this is a deeply savoury, gamey version. With water added, it becomes less hot and slightly sweeter, dropping into black fruits with the sulphur more in check.
Finish: Robust and long.
Conclusion: Oddly compelling and transgressive. One for those of you who like it down and dirty.
82/100 on Scotchwhisky.com