Bunnahabhain 25 [Pub L’Isle Noire Flight Review Set #1]

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So I’m still at Pub L’Isle Noire. When I drank this one. Not right now, I’m writing it right now. And not when I post it, because I write these before hand.

And not while you’re reading it, because it’s now the future of when I even wrote the part above.

Make sense? Great.

So I ordered a dream dram and it blew my brain. And I thought: When am I going to be here again? Probably during May 2-4. But when am I going to be back here in Winter? Probably never again because my wife hates winter and it bothers her hibernation.

So yeah, I should go for another all time, expensive malt. And drink it. And review it. Like a mother fucking guy who does that on reddit for awhile now.

Wait… I am that guy! I’ll take a break from the fictitious book I’m not writing about whisky having genitals!

So I ordered Bunnahabhain 25, because it’s on one of my lists, it shows up, and I feel I should do everything lists say, which is going to be awkward when I attempt to please my man from Cosmo.

Anyway I’m quite excited to try it. Non chill filtered, no colouring, aged in sherry casks of some type and put at a percentage that would make most distilleries shit themselves twice over.

If that doesn’t get you going, i don’t know what will anymore, and dammit, I’m half way through a Cosmo list and it ain’t working either!

Also I tried this because I just picked up Bunnahabhain 16 Old Particular, and then promptly forgot that I like IB Bunnas more than OB Bunnas.

Let’s see how this one tastes, shall we?

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Price: $400 (CAD) at the LCBO

Region: Islay

Abv: 46.3%

Colour: 2.5YR 3/6

Nose: Plum, orange, root beer, smoke, cherry, plum, raspberry flavouring, sea air

The sherry notes are evident here. What a surprise with 25 years, eh? Really nice nose, nothing backing off.

Quick complex nose. Lots of flavours, some more complex than others. Very fruity. I’d prefer a little more spice, but I’m mostly nit picking, and the root beer helps.

Taste: Anise, mushroom, butter, sticky rice, raspberry flan, lemon, hazelnut

The familiar earth and fruit elements are here, yet they are better. Or less painful. Or less “Too Much Fucking Sherry Influence” maybe.

Think about it this way: Some times sherried malts have too much earth. This has the right amount. Sometimes they are nothing but fruit. This has the balanced too.

Finish: Rice vinegar, pepper, honey, autumn crisp, cocoa, anise, dry, raspberry jam

You know that feeling when it’s Autumn/Fall/World is Dying season, and you walk outside and taste the crisp? This had that taste.

It’s dry, but not offensively so.

Conclusion: This is a tasty dram. It doesn’t go super crazy, which I was expecting; usually OB Bunnahabhain’s don’t hit those crazy complex notes that I crave. Instead it does everything really well.

It’s the right type of smooth, I’d have to say. Easy drinking yet still interesting and not a waste. Probably one of the better older whiskies to buy from a distillery because of the quality. I’d recommend getting a bottle.


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