This is an old Bunnahabhain 1968 released in 2012 in the Sea Life series by The Whisky Agency. I don’t recall other sherry butts for this vintage.
Bunnahabhain 43 yo 1968
(47%, The Whisky Agency ‘Sea Life’ 2012, refill sherry butt, 498 btl.)
Nose: fruity and honeyed. The fruits are more indigenous than tropical: pears, plums, figs, apricots. Indeed “sherry fruits”, including a vegetal, slightly dirty aroma which takes away some of the magic. Light resinous notes, floral notes and leafy notes. A little leather in the distance. Very elegant, a slightly drier, sherried version rather than the tropical goodness of the bourbon casks.
Mouth: fresh and minty with hints of tobacco and resin. Yellow plums at first, then oranges (both sweet and bigarade varieties). Dashes of pine tree honey and hints of soft pepper. After a while the oak grows stronger, grassy but it’s never too dry.
Finish: medium long, a little more herbal and dry, with some green tea notes.
A great nose, and a vivid palate, although I think I’ve had better Bunnahabhain 1968 even from the same bottler. We’ve been spoiled. Around € 225.