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BUNNAHABHAIN 1988 Over 25 Years 3rd Edition

Single Malt, Scotland / Islay 70cl Ref: 18046

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87 points, Serge Valentin sur Whiskyfun.com, 8 novembre 2013

Tasting note

  • Appearance : vieil or (magnifique).
  • Nose : exceptionnel de finesse et de puissance. Des mirabelles, des bouquets de roses poivrées, de la gelée de coing et du tilleul épousent de l’orge maltée, une légère note de tourbe et de craie. Sa minéralité est donc à fleur de peau. Salin et revendiquant fièrement son caractère îlien, il oscille ensuite entre les fleurs capiteuses (chèvrefeuille), le poisson fumé et les herbes.
  • Palate : ferme, puissante. Ses notes de miel de bruyère, d’épices fortes (gingembre, girofle) et de terre humide sont criantes de vérité. Le milieu de bouche gagne encore en expression. Huileux, il s’appuie sur une amertume altière pour prendre énormément de hauteur. Des fûts vides, synonymes de plaisirs à venir, attendent d’être remplis dans la cour de la distillerie. Aérée, elle respire à pleins poumons l’air pur du large.
  • Overall : longue, soyeuse. Dans un premier temps, elle se révèle extrêmement fruitée (ananas, mangue), miellée et florale (genêt, mimosa). Puis, l’orge maltée délicatement fumée revient au grand galop. L’air se fait plus vif. Pleine de quiétude, la rétro olfaction est vanillée, chocolatée et épicée (poivre noir). Tout en ajoutant des tubéreuses et du goudron, le verre vide est immense de fidélité.
The brand

The brand

Built in 1881 in the midst of the Scottish “whisky boom”, Bunnahabhain is located on the north-east of the Isle of Islay. The stillhouse houses two magnificent pear-shaped stills that produce a heavy spirit that generally has low levels of peat. Owned by the Burn Stewart Distillers group since May 2003, Bunnahabhain recently began releasing extremely peaty and smoky young whiskies through independent bottlers.

Merchant

Although the independent bottler Signatory Vintage cannot claim to be one of the oldest in Scotland, it has managed to build up an extremely solid reputation amongst the great malt connoisseurs. The creator of the famous range The Prestonfield and many other well-known ranges, it is best known for its un-chillfiltered and cask strength bottlings that offer amateurs the chance to enjoy their whisky in its most natural form. It was also one of the first independent bottlers to acquire a distillery and now offers a growing number of expressions of one of the most artisan single malts available.

The line

Baptised ‘Artist’, this new range makes no bones about proclaiming its identity. Cosmopolitan and contemporary, it draws its inspiration from the style that gave the Italian bottlings of the 60s and 70s their cult following. From the choice of whiskies (distillery, ageing process, age, strength, bottling procedure) to the design of the bottle and choice of label, every detail has been carefully considered. This range offers a fine presentation of both the whiskies and the artist whose works have been selected for the back labels.

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