Bunnahabhain Ceobanach

Bunnahabhain Ceobanach 1

Thanks to /u/Phreaky-Zee[1] for this sample.

Lightly peated Islay whisky? What’s that, like non-chocolate Cadbury candy? Or living in a small town and no doing drugs and alcohol all the time? Or watching hentai without tentacles?

Guess I can’t really make that joke as much now, as I’ve reviewed a bunch of Bunnas by now. Enough that I feel fine calling it that, as that name is more of a mouthful than most pornstars take. And that’s just the men!

Bunnahabhain Ceobanach amps up the difficulty of ordering by using the second hardest language (Gaelic) as an identifier. It means Smokey mist in Gaelic. So this is heavily peated. Meant to harken back when Bunnahabhain did that kinda thing more often.

And it’s at least 10 years old. Which is pretty good for a NAS whisky. All ex-bourbon barrel too. Beyond the tough name, I have high hopes this time.

So let’s see how it tastes, shall we?

Bunnahabhain Ceobanach 2

Price: $99.95 (CAD) at the LCBO

Region: Islay

Abv: 46.3%

Colour: 5Y 8/4

Nose: Chocolate, smoke, pepper, thyme, cream, stewed pears

There’s a nice mixture on the nose of light fruitiness with the fruit I’m used to in others from this distillery.

The extra peat does dominate, so they don’t exactly “get along” well, however the added chocolate notes are almost there.

Taste: Pepper, pear nectar, cinnamon, candy, mint

Less complexity than the nose. You can tell this is a younger than 12 year malt, because I told you.

Or you looked online somewhere else.

Or in the taste, which is what I’m talking about right now.

More so, in this case, because there’s less complexity, and the notes aren’t too fully developed. It’s tasty, and not as peaty as I was expecting. Actually I wasn’t expecting anything as all I knew was the name at the time, but that’s just me saying a bunch of stuff now.

Finish: Cinnamon, ginger, apple, anise, floral, allspice

Spicey. Just in time for uggs, yoga pants, and pumpkin lattes. Which is a good time.

Cause I’m an ass man.

This is more spicey, with nice notes of the apple and floral notes. I like it.

Conclusion: Will this blow your mind? No. Will it give Bruichladdich Octomore or Ardbeg a run for it’s money? Heck no.

However I’d venture to say this is pretty cool. A heavily peated malt that harkens back to times before? A “living” dusty, if you will, that I can have without hunting forever? Pretty cool.

I wish this was older. Or more peated. However I’m happy it exists too. So.. yay?


Scotch review #366, Islay review #77, Whisky Network review #559

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