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Bunnahabhain 1968 Auld Acquaintance OB v The rest 1960-1968

 
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:25 pm    Post subject: Bunnahabhain 1968 Auld Acquaintance OB v The rest 1960-1968 Reply with quote

1 – Bunna 1964 25 year cask 4852/3/4/5 46% Signatory Dumpy
2 – Bunna 1964 25 year cask 423/4/5 46% Moon Import, The Animals
3 – Bunna 1966 35 year cask 4379 46.1% OB Feis Ile 2002
4 – Bunna 1967 33 year cask 3315 41.1% Malts Of Scotland, bourbon hoggy
5 – Bunna 1968 41 year cask 12401/2/3 41.2% Adelphi, refill sherry
6 – Bunna 1968 50 year Cask Mos 18032 42.1% Malts Of Scotland, sherry butt – Warehouse Diamonds
7 – Bunna 1968 34 year cask 43.8% Auld Acquaintance OB,sherry
8 – Bunna 1960 39 year cask 43.4% Douglas Laing OMC, (peated)

Bunna stopped peating in 1962 or 1963, so the OMC is a rare beast, and will be tasted last. , but will the Auld Acquaintance or the 50 year Mos tame it?

RESULT
1 - 60 Douglas Laing OMC
2 - 68 Auld Acquaintance
3 – 68 50 year Cask Mos 18032
4 - 66 Feis Ile 2002 OB
5 - 68 Adelphi almost as good as the 66
6 - 67 Mos 33 year cask 3315
7 – 64 Signatory
8 – 64 Moon Import

I really cannot split the 1960 Douglas Laing (peated) and the 1968 Old Acquaintance but on an emotional level I will give it to the DL, but both these whiskies must be the best Bunna ever bottled.

The 50 year Malts of Scotland is quality and the 1966 OB Feis Ile is very rich and a quality dram and not far behind is the 1968 Adelphi which surprised me in a good way. The 67 Mos is nice and all of these 6 are way in front of the two 1964 offerings which were not really at the races because they are lighter with less going on basically.
In truth the first 6 are all excellent, this was a great H2H.

TASTING NOTES
1 – 64 SV
NOSE
Spirity, spicy, sugary, faint notes of straw. Yellow/white fruit pastilles, hints of peat, honeycomb, honey and then more seral notes emerge. 85
Palate
Feisty, quite sharp actually its rough and not that balanced. Some peat does emerge and mixes with honey, a little lemon, grapefruit and light sponge cake.
Water releases some acidity. 86
Finish
The finish is long, a little creamy and fruit until the end, the finish is the best part. 88

2 - MI
NOSE
Quite austere, does not give a lot away apart from some peat & hay notes then faint hints of lemon, seawater, this is coastal, . But this is a 64 there should no peat here? No I do detect peat on the nose?? 85
Palate
Stewed fruit, grapefruit, lemon and a little mango and something earthy, farmy or vegetal, hard to pinpoint. 85
Finish, some sherbet fizz on the finish and that vegetal note again 87

Not much in so far but 64 SV better than MI, both quite light

3 – 1966 Feis Isle (dark heavy sherry)
NOSE
Rich fruit loaf, masses of rich sherry, currants, sultanas, polished oak sideboards, old leather, then some redcurrants notes emerge and cranberries with the faintest hint of liquorice. 92
PALATE
Mouth filling, rich with some burnt toast notes and hints of marmite with some bitterness from the oak coming through then some Eccles cake notes with lots of blackcurrants.
Water irons out any lack of balance and it is gorgeous now, lip smacking and leaves you wanting more, 94 with water
Finish
Long finish remaining fruity 92

This is uber rich and with a few drops of water added the palate is almost perfect,
Great old OB Bunna

66 FI miles in front from the 2 x 64


4 – 67 Mos
NOSE
Vegetal on the nose mixed with a little honey, then hints of lemon and orange, fruit pastille flavours spring to mind. This is also floral on the nose like spring flowers but them more lemon, lemon drizzle cake.
Good nose 88
Palate
Really fizzy and vibrant, bags of white fruit, a little honey, pepper notes emerge mixed with grapefruit After a few minutes it gets a little creamy then a massive wave of spices, this is really good. 93
Finish
Long, fruity & fizzy 92

Just a bit behind 66
66 FI
67 Mos
64 sv
64mi
SO FAR

5 –Adelphi
NOSE
Rich sherry mixed with some oak on the nose, then it gets a little vegetal but also some high quality sherry on show. Some stewed dark berry notes mixed with date & prune. 90
Palate
Rich sherry, fruit loaf, currants, sticky toffee pudding and some nice spice notes, 92
Finish
Gets even more spicy and fruity, excellent 93


Just a bit behind 66
66 FI
68 AD almost as good as the 66
67 Mos
64 sv
64mi
SO FAR

6 – Bunna 68 Mos 50 year
NOSE
Rich dark fruits, old school sherry, some polished wood notes, ginger and other spices. After a minute or so blackberry & blackcurrant crumble. Great nose – 93
PALATE
Very spicy, fizzy with a lovely sherry note, this has great balance, nothing out of place. Lots of rich fruit cake, dark fruits, a little caramel and then a very faint hint of orange. What is impressive is the balance on show here.
The spice just keeps on growing 94
FINISH
Long, fizzy & warming, just lovely 94

68 Mos 50
66 FI
68 AD almost as good as the 66
67 Mos
64 sv
64mi
SO FAR

7 Auld Acq
NOSE
A nose with finesse, caramel, fruit loaf, dark fruits, date, hints of smoke, bubble gum and some sweet floral notes, lovely, this is almost perfumes but so good. 94
PALATE
Great balance with bags of spice, this has restrained power, superb balance that is where this thing gets the marks. Lovely fruity sherry, absolutely nothing out of place, superb – 95
Finish
Glorious, getting a little sweeter, just excellent =94

68 Auld Acq
68 Mos 50
66 FI
68 AD almost as good as the 66
67 Mos
64 sv
64mi
SO FAR

8 – 1960 DL
NOSE
Wow, heavy sherry, not much evidence of peat, maybe some OBE, you can smell the quality on show here. Forrest fruits, wet wood (in a good way), rum & raisin, redcurrant, blackcurrant it’s all there mixed in with wisps of smoke. but gets better with time in the glass 94
PALATE
Wow, the peat & spice just exploded on your tongue but the balance is perfect everything in harmony and the mouthfeel is rich. The peat is a little subdued at first but it grows being propelled along by the spice, what a great combo. This is like a symphony playing out on your tongue, 96
Finish
, As long as you can imagine and then some, superb fruit notes all the way 95
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