In the first outturn of Single Malts of Scotland releases for 2020 there was this Bunnahabhain 2001 from an Oloroso cask. They already bottled sister cask #1254 back in 2018.
Bunnahabhain 18 yo 2001 (54,7%, Single Malts of Scotland 2020, Oloroso sherry butt #1253, 620 btl.)
Nose: remarkable aromas. Nice candle wax, mossy notes, tobacco and cigar boxes, but also rather aromatic, almost fragrant peaches and tangerines. Leathery notes, wet earth. Sour berries. A slight minty note as well.
Mouth: the same very elegant sherry notes, mostly walnuts and tobacco, herbal liqueurs, hints of caraway seeds and juniper. Ginger. Oranges again, some yellow apples and light resinous touches. A little toffee and heather honey in the background.
Finish: quite long, on herbal teas, menthol and nutty notes.
This is very complex, layered Bunnahabhain. Great old-style sherry influence, simply very enjoyable and easily one of my favourite bottlings of the series this year. Quite a large outturn yet it seems to be sold out at The Whisky Exchange.