2008 Bunnahabhain 14 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Hogshead Cask Strength Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)

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The old distillery just to the north of Port Askaig was founded in 1881. It's become one of the best loved Islay malts, despite its normally gentle character. We've had several lovely casks of naked Bunnah over the last few years, but this one truly stands out. The great northern Islay distiller is renowned for capturing that ocean character without relying on heavy peat smoke. In fact, the distillery makes sure to note that their whisky contain less than 2 ppm of phenol, making it one of two regularly produced unpeated Islay malts, but this little whisky might fall outside the standard specs of their flagship malt. This beautiful refill hogshead was distilled in September of 2008 and bottled at cask strength of 54.2% abv in October of 2022. While it is by no means a big peat bomb, there does seem to be some seriously intense aromatic character that other bottlings have lacked. A big snappy salty nose, coupled with a rich caramelly sweetness. Rich upfront peat, which quickly subsides into a complex sweet earthiness. There's no question that this whisky will confound some Bunnah lovers, perhaps this batch came right after one of the Moine batches, but for anyone but the most sensitive to peat, expect a perfectly classic slightly more than lightly peated Islay in the best possible way.

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By: Will Blakely | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/9/2023 | Send Email
Another stunner in our Bunnahabhain lineup, this unusual cask brings unexpected delight, and should fit nicely into any Scotch fan's collection. Mild peat on the nose does not convey the smoky malt on the palate, but instead offers dried herbs and a tinge of green apple candy. It's incredibly inviting, and the flavors deliver on the promise the aromas make. Much more rich and earthy peat now, riding high atop hearty golden malt and some of that same apple fruit. Drizzled with treacle and dusted with cocoa powder, the fruits come into play more as my taste buds acclimate to the peat- stewed nectarine and candied citrus sprinkled with sea salt and flambeed. The finish simply won't quit, retaining so many savory flavors but complimented by the sweetness of the fruit. This might be the perfect bridge for folks looking to cross into Islay malt but not wanting to dive headfirst into Laphroaig. The smoke remains ever-present, but at no point overwhelms. You absolutely owe it to yourself to try this special bottling before it disappears.

By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/9/2023 | Send Email
It's unclear how exactly this beautiful malt came to be. Bunnahabhain famously makes unpeated and heavily peated malt, but this gem sits firmly in the middle. My suspicion is that the bulk of sales to IBs come from the run after the switch from heavy peat to unpeated which explains the large variation we see across independent bottles of Bunna. This one is decidedly in the sweet spot after 14 years in refill hoggie - it has a lovely balance. Golden straw in the glass the nose offers hints of earth and peat underneath a cloak of sweet herbal notes ranging from fresh mint to honey glazed carrot. Gentle stone fruit balances out the more savory aspects and it is all set off by a kiss of salt. Golden malt stands proud in the profile. On the palate it's extremely approachable at 54.2% ABV. As you sip the peat profile steps to the front. A forest floor-esque profile of rich earth mixed with brine and barrel spice. Sweet barley tea and soft vanilla round out the palate and carry long into the finish. If you're looking for an introduction into peat or love the Oban and Highland park profiles but crave that salinity of Islay, this is a perfect dram.

By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/17/2023 | Send Email
This single malt has a very appealing nose of smoke, light/moderate peat and orchard fruits. Also smoky on the palate with layers of rich yellow fruits and caramel, followed by a touch of tannic heat and black pepper. Very long finish that lingers.

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/6/2023 | Send Email
I like this one a lot. It is tasty and enjoyable. The nose is fresh and lively with sweet malt aromas. In the mouth, it is complex with sweet flavors and subtle savory undertones. They work well together. With a little water, sweet aromas are more expressive. The flavor profile is the same as above but a little softer.

By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/6/2023 | Send Email
I have no clue what's going on with this Bunnah, but it ain't like the last few we've had. Distilled in March of 2009, I'm thinking that this is one of the first batches of unpeated barley after the winter heavy peat runs or otherwise perhaps they've simply used some peat here for god knows why. Maybe the mistaken barley is the reason it was sold off, but whatever the reason this is definitely ABOVE the normal 2 ppm that Bunnahabhain usually boasts. It's not anywhere near the Staoisha/Moine which are circa 45ppm, but it's definitely peated. here it is. Color is pale white wine. The nose isn't a smack you around peater, but instead a beautiful salty savory saline solution coupled with roasted herbs and sweet malt. On the palate the beautiful green peat smoke comes first followed by wonderful sweet herbs and a vibrant pithy citrus oil. It's earthy and herbal and so inviting. The tiniest bit of water brings more peat to the nose, but it remains subtle. There's more non-peat smoke now too and some crushed oyster shell. Very complex now, with many herbs and different roasting things behind. While the water upped the smoke on the nose, it adds sweetness and zest on the palate. This is just damned good Bunnah, but will shock a few unsuspecting souls. It's gentle enough not to turn them off though. I'm totally into it.

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