BUNNAHABHAIN 1979 Aged 40 Years 9th Edition ARTIST S.V 46,7%

Single Malt Whisky, Scotland / Islay, 70cl, Ref: 56550

Bunnahabhain is without a doubt one of Islay’s best-kept secrets. Might its relative lack of renown be due to the fact that, until 1997, it produced a single malt which, unlike the island’s other malts, was unpeated? Almost definitely! Nevertheless, many bottlings from the 60s and 70s received a laudatory reception from some of the most demanding whisky enthusiasts. Following proudly in the footsteps of its predecessors, this bottling is no exception to the rule. With an incredibly youthful spirit and yet radiant serenity, it reaches its climax in a resplendent finish that concentrates all of the flavours and aromas of its aromatic and gustatory palette. Outstanding.

an initial olfactory sequence is exotic (passion fruit), spicy (nutmeg), chocolatey and honeyed, highlighting all the subtlety of the aromatic palette. This sequence lingers on notes of citrus fruit (mandarin). The lively attack is characterized by liquorice and cocoa. On the mid-palate, aromatic plants (sage) appear alongside tonka beans. The serene finish is spring-like and lively (rosemary, clove). The retro-nasal olfaction brings out the freshness of the gustatory palette.
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  • Appearance : burnished gold with glints of topaz.
  • Nose : refined, complex. Exotic fruits (passion fruit, mango, pineapple), a pinch of curry, nuts (walnut, hazelnut), other spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom), dark chocolate, coffee and beeswax follow one after the other in an incredibly subtle first olfactory sequence. Allowed to breathe, the sequence moves into more stewed flavours (apple), whilst citrus fruit (mandarin, orange) brings a refined acidic note.
  • Palate : clean, lively. The very lively attack literally breaks through the aromatic palette. Liquorice stick, cinnamon and cocoa create a slender and powdery trio of flavours. Outstanding! On the mid-palate, tonka beans appear alongside a delicate malty and herbaceous (fern, sage) bitterness. Fruits then come back in force, with banana, William’s pear, pippin apple, Mirabelle plum and quince... The heady end of the palate is characterized by notes of hawthorn, carnation and dahlia.
  • Overall : long, full of serenity. All the aromas and flavours experienced so far mix together to create a rustic, spring landscape. Bit by bit, malted barley grains, rosemary, kiwi and clove bring lots of tone to the very end of the palate. The very herbal (bergamot tea) retro-nasal olfaction is extremely refreshing. The empty glass is slightly peaty, vegetal (tobacco) and balsamic (pine, cedar).
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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.

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Artist, Lands of Scotland, Malt Pedigree, Tartan, The Ten, Very Cloudy... all of these whisky ranges – composed of single malts and single grains – have one thing in common: they were all created by the team at La Maison du Whisky. They are the fruits of many decades of close collaboration with some of the most prestigious bottlers in Scotland. For some years the French importer and exclusive distributor of the classic ranges of well-known spirits producers, La Maison du Whisky was soon granted the very rare privilege of being able to complement these ranges with their own, bringing together two sets of expertise, two reputations and two complementary histories under one, single label.

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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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