Another Malt Musketeers bottling. This young bottler was also responsible for an excellent St. Magdalene. Now we’re trying a 26 years old Bunnahabhain.
Bunnahabhain 26 yo 1991 (50,3%, Malt Musketeers 2018, first-fill sherry butt #4321, 35 cl, 90 btl.)
Nose: big and fairly dry sherry nose. Leather, coffee liqueurs and plenty of dark chocolate ganache. Hints of orange peels and cigar leaves. Muscovado sugar and walnuts. Cured meat. Old-style dusty notes too, think wine cellars or libraries. Wee hints of artichokes.
Mouth: fruitier now, exploding on blackcurrants, raspberries, ginger fruitcake and tropical flashes of roasted pineapple and pink grapefruit. All this with generous oak spices (cloves, nutmeg) and a light salty edge. Crushed peppercorns. A little herbal bitterness, which works well here. Liquorice and coffee and some resin towards the end.
Finish: long, on warming spices, herbs, dried fruits and green oak.
A very intense Bunna for sherry bomb fans. A tad overpowering perhaps, with some oak juice mixed in, but very flavoursome. Still bottles available from Malt Musketeers, around € 200.