Whisky Focus - Bunnahabhain 2008 9 Year Old Ṃine Bordeaux Red Wine Cask Review

Bunnahabhain 2008 9 Year Old Ṃine Bordeaux Red Wine Cask

5th October 2018
Review of Bunnahabhain 2008 9 Year Old Ṃine Bordeaux Red Wine Cask Distell 2018 Malt Whisky Collection.

Bunnahabhain 2008 9 Year Old Ṃine Bordeaux Red Wine CaskThe Bunnahabhain 2008 Ṃine Bordeaux Red Wine Cask Matured has been bottled at Cask Strength, 58.1% ABV, natural colour and non-chillfiltered, it is a limited release of 1068 bottles here in the UK.

Although the original non-peated Islay malt, Bunnahabhain has become well known for its Ṃine, which means ‘peated’ in Scots Gaelic.

This limited edition release is the first Bunnahabhain release to have been fully matured in red wine casks from the Bordeaux region of France. Distilled and filled into cask in December 2008, Distell tells me that "this ‘experiment’ has resulted in a unique and stunning array of rich grape and peppery smoke notes, which combine to deliver a long and warming fruity finish. A truly unique Bunnahabhain Ṃine".

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: A lovely gentle slightly ashy touch of sweet smoke mingles with the slightly more dominant rich fruit. Just a touch of vanilla toffee.

Taste: The smoke which is more powerful than the nose let on coats the palate, it has a lovely peppery edge to it and is infused with toasted raisin, cherry and a little toffee. Some late tobacco and liquorice.

Finish: The delicious red wine infused smoke lingers for age before bowing out, leaving some mildly drying oak.

Comment: Peated Bunnahabhain and wine casks can make for a very good whisky and this is a very good whisky and worthy of its spot in the Distell Limited Release Malt Collection 2018. The amount of smoke delivered on the palate was a very pleasant surprise which wasn't indicated on the nose. I wonder just how good this could have been with a few more years in the cask but at 9 years old it is a very enjoyable peated wine cask matured Bunnahabhain.

SMW Score 91/100

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