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Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old Cask Strength

16th November 2021
Bunnahabhain launch a annual 12 Year Cask Strength expression.

Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old Cask StrengthThose of you who have been lucky enough to have made the trip to the Bunnahabhain distillery on the north-eastern coast of Islay and visited the distillery's iconic Warehouse 9 and had the pleasure of a dram straight from the cask will be pleased to hear that you can now have that cask strength experience at home. The distillery has announced an annual-edition cask strength 12 Year Old whisky inspired by visitor tastings in the distillery’s iconic ‘Warehouse 9’.

Brendan McCarron, Bunnahabhain’s Master Distiller, said: "When people embark on a journey to Islay and try our whiskies straight from the cask, it creates so much joy. But we understand that not everyone is able to make the trip. With this annual Cask Strength 12 Year Old Cask release, we can give people around the world the chance to experience it themselves."

The robust and complex spirit delivers unpeated, oily notes of dried fruits and cereal, followed by caramel and vanilla on the palate. At 55.1% ABV, it can either be enjoyed neat or with a few drops of water to encourage more floral aromas.

McCarron continues: "Not all whiskies work at cask strength and many whiskies don’t stand up to full maturation in sherry casks. Bottling our 12 Year Old at cask strength intensifies the core characteristics of spice, cracked black pepper and cinnamon, but not at the expense of our spirit’s character. In fact, it enhances it. The mouthfeel and texture of the whisky increases and it shows off the balance of the spirit and the wood, but in a more concentrated form. This really represents Bunnahabhain in a bottle."

The sherried, spicy, unpeated dram Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old Cask Strength 2021 edition is bottled naturally coloured, non chill-filtered and at a cask strength of 55.1% ABV and it will be available to purchase from November 18th from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, Amazon and Master of Malt

Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old Cask Strength Review

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Dark berries, citrus and toasted oak which gradually transitions to sweet vanilla and a hint of cinnamon spice.

Taste: Creamy chocolate, sherry soaked fruit and a balanced nuttiness give way to cloves, nutmeg and a subtle sea salt spray.

Finish: A lingering sweet finish with cherries and a touch of wood spice.

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