Quick Dram : Bunnahabhain 1997 – Queen Of The Moorlands
A few months ago, Marc P, from South Africa who is a fellow blogger (A.K.A Whisky Brother) and good whisky friends came for a visit, and we met over at Shai’s for lunch and a few drams. Our host Shai put quite a few interesting bottles on the table, and one of them was this one I was longing to try after Shai was raving about how good it was, and that he managed to get a bottle sent to him. This edition was bottled for the Feis Ile 2010 (which had some wonderful drams bottled for it – I got to taste quite a few thanks to shai bringing over a few), and was distilled in 1997 and aged for 13 years in cask # 3148 (Sherry Hogshead). I am quite fond of peated Bunnhabhains which are not really rare, as most IB’s have bottled a cask in recent years. This one however is exceptionally good. I did get to taste that with Shai and Marc, but it was after a lot of other good drams and I was wee bit tipsy, so gladly Shai offered me a sample to take home and enjoy in the comfort of my own castle. Let’s get on dramming!
Nose: Brine , peat and sweet smoke. Some cigar ash, mushrooms and balsamic traces. Funky. Sherried peaty bunny, and those I do like!
Palate: Big waves of peat and campfire smoke. Some oak , spice and burnt sugar. Not very complex, but very yummy and warms your soul from the inside.
Finish : Long. Dry. Ashy with burnt sugar going a long way, memories of a campfire on the beach.
All in all this is a beauty. a peated Bunny, and sherry to complement the profile. great stuff. and well done. My first queen of the moorlands experssion, and not the last. most definetly.
Slainte, and enjoy your weekend.