Bunnahabhain - Feis Ile 2018 Spanish Oak Finish - 2002 16 year old

70cl / 700ml / 58.2%
Product Details
Region / Type
Distillery
Bunnahabhain
Series / Description
Feis Ile 2018 Spanish Oak Finish
Vintage
2002
Year Bottled
2018
Age
16 year old
Alcohol ABV
58.2%
Cask Strength
Yes
Cask Wood Type
European Oak
Number Bottled
1500
Packaging
Cardboard Tube
Bottler
Distillery
Country of Origin
Scotland
Stopper
Cork
Bottle Type
Dumpy
Bottle Size
70cl / 700ml
Neck Level
Full Level
HTFW Cat. No.
LP9284

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Product Description

A limited release of just 1500 bottles for the 2018 Feis Ile and aged in whisky refill casks and then finished in Spanish oak Gran Reserva butts.

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