New BUNNAHABHAIN MOINE 8 ans 2011

BUNNAHABHAIN MOINE 8 ans 2011 48%

Single Malt Whisky, Scotland / Islay, 70cl, Ref: 56697

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In 1997, peat made its grand return to Bunnahabhain under the impetus of Ian MacMillan, Master Blender for Burn Stewart. Baptised Moine, which means “peat” in Gaelic, a first version bottled at cask strength was launched on the market in 2009. Infinitely “Islay”, at just 8 years old, the Moine in our Creation Catalogue reproduces with enthusiasm and freshness all of the elements for which the single malts of this mythical island are renowned. If we had to sum it up in just one word, it would without a doubt be “gamy”. Original in many aspects, it also enjoys venturing where least expected in order to highlight its generous and carefree personality.

the unctuous first nose is malty, peaty and ashy. It is also meaty (bacon) and oily (olive). Allowed to breathe, camphor and iodine tincture add a medicinal touch. At this point, the aromatic palette brings mezcal to mind. The concentrated attack is fruity (pear, peach) and peaty. The spiritual (papier d’Arménie, incense) mid-palate is peppered with barley grains. Full of imagery, the finish evokes the crackle of logs in a hearth-fire. Blood orange then floods every part of the palate with its tangy juice. The retro-nasal olfaction is covered in a thick veil of smoke.
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  • Appearance : greenish gold.
  • Nose : powerful yet unctuous. The very malty and peaty initial nose is also characterized by impressive notes of soot and ember. Not only gamy, it also quickly becomes meaty (BBQ, bacon) and oily (green olive). Allowed to breathe, camphor and iodine tincture illustrate its medicinal development. Right at this moment, with its salty, lemony fragrances, the aromatic palette clearly evokes mezcal. Gradually, an intense smoke indelibly floods the taste buds. Notes of curry and clove.
  • Palate : concentrated, rich. The particularly fruity (pear, apple) attack places peat on the right side of the palate. As on the nose, it has become medicinal (ointment), dry and seaweedy. Next, papier d’Arménie and incense bring lots of spirituality to a mid-palate peppered with grains of barley. At the same time, barley water refreshes the taste buds. At the end of the palate, coconut milk and dark chocolate appear alongside wildflower (dandelion, buttercup) and aromatic plants (basil, oregano).
  • Overall : long, rich. Full of imagery, the start of the finish allows us to hear the crackle of logs in the hearth of a chimney. Later on, various meats are placed on the same cinders. This is the moment that blood orange chooses to enter the stage. With perfect timing, their juice refreshes every part of the palate. On the retro-nasal olfaction, acrid smoke throws a thick veil over the end of the palate, revealing a chocolatey peat. The empty glass is medicinal, ashy, rooty, empyreumatic and peaty.
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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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Since the dawn of time, artist collectives have been a place of exchange, inspiration and creativity. In the same way, each of the single malts found in our Artist Collective range draws the richness of their olfactory and gustatory palettes from the marriage of various casks. Devoted to diversity, every region and every style of Scottish single malt, peated and unpeated, are represented. Within this range we also find 43%, 48%, 57.1% (100 proof) and cask-strength bottlings. To illustrate the labels of the six bottlings in our first collection, La Maison du Whisky has called on contemporary artists from very different backgrounds. Each of them brings their own very personal touch that echoes the richness of the single malts selected!
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