1989 Bunnahabhain 22 Year Old K&L Exclusive "Exclusive Malts" Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) (Pre-Arrival)

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Introducing our newest source for top-quality whisky at wonderfully reasonable price points - the Exclusive Malts! Our partnership with this independent bottler will bring EM expressions for the first time ever to the United States, available only at K&L. Seeing that last year's trip resulted in almost zero Islay expressions, David and I were eager to make amends this time around. We had already committed to peated whiskies from Kilchoman, Bruichladdich, Laphroaig, and Caol Ila, so when we found a relatively mellow, laid-back, mature malt from Bunnahabhain for a bargain basement price, we figured why not just add it in with the others? The whisky is lithe and lean on the entry with lots of earthy, oily notes and hints of resin with light peat. The low proof makes the whisky entirely drinkable right out of the bottle and the intensity of the vanilla and oil goes all the way to the finish, lingering long on the back end. Complex, mysterious, and understated, much like Bunnahabhain distillery itself. A wonderful whisky at a knockout price. We expect this one to move fast. (David Driscoll, K&L Spirits Buyer)

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Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/19/2012 | Send Email
What an incredible treat it was to find this special cask of Bunnahabhain. An old Bunnah like this from a relatively neutral sherry butt, you'd expect to see lots of evaporation, but we have very little of this fabulous whisky. This is showing quite a bit of peat for what should be an unpeated whisky. Sometimes they were delivered a peated batches by accident, sometimes they filled barrels that previously held smoky whisky. Who knows? This is nonetheless one of the most ghostly whisky I've ever had. Ethereal, yet alive and complex. The peat is not particularly acrid, more of this earthy moss and forest floor type. This clears up quickly revealing oyster shell, salted apple, crunchy candied citrus. Bunnahabhain has an incredible ability to capture the feeling of the sea and this whisky does not disappoint in that regard. This is surely going to be a sleeper of this years whisky season, but at this low price we expect it won't last long.

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Alcohol Content (%): 43.4