Bunnahabhain, Single Cask, Hunter Laing
52.8% vol. / 70cl
This limited release from The Kinship series has been bottled for the 2018 Fèis Ìle to celebrate the completion of Ardnahoe distillery. Distilled at Islay's Bunnahabhain distillery in 1988 and aged in 2 sherry hogsheads for 30 years before bottling at a natural cask strength of 52.8% abv.
Notes from Ardnahoe Master Distiller Jim McEwan:
"Opens on a wonderful sherry and sweet malt sugar combination followed by notes of sultanas, sweet oak, marzipan, melon balls soaked in Oloroso, it’s absolutely delicious. The freshness on the tongue is delightful. The well-structured flavours of oak, toffee, plump ripe red grapes, pomegranate & cranberry rise as one in a magical fruit extravaganza. They provide a red carpet entrance for the toasty sweetness of the malt extract to make a stunning entrance. A piquant, spicy, sassy, marine ensemble plays gently on the mind. For a 30 [year old] it’s incredible. A gentle sea breeze lifts the old guy to a level few spirits will ever experience. The Spanish oak provides a rich mellow stage on which the flavours merge into a Hebridean overture that takes you on a spiritual odyssey where the island’s passion, its history, its character, its people and its culture are as one. Best enjoyed alone late in the evening with the embers of a peat fire glowing gently and the cares of tomorrow must wait until this day is done!"
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