Bunnahabhain 13 Moine Ex-bourbon Single Cask Distillery Exclusive

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Thanks to /u/CatharticIntent for pouring this for me.

This is an ongoing series I’m doing. Back in December my wife took out 24 drams and called them an advent calendar. We’re onto Day #14.

Turns out you don’t need to pay someone for one of these. Yay! Makes that pay cut I took so much easier to bear.

We’ve been going up in alcohol by volume. What’s next? Let’s see, shall we?

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Price: No longer available

Region: Islay

Distilled: November 27th, 2003

Bottled: 2017

Cask Number: 300118

Abv: 56.3%

Colour: 7Y 9/10

Nose: Smoked apple, char, sultana, herbal, caramel

Wow, that’s a lot of smoked apples. Continues on that, with some variations of rich flavours, some more char. Water brings out caramel and herbs.

It’s like when someone does apples with the main course. That sweet and savoury thing going on.

Taste: Smoked apple, cumin, anise, butter, prunes, lemon

More of that smoked apple flavour. Goes spicier now than herbal, some nice butter. Water brings out the acidity of varying flavours.

All in all, it’s an Autumn dram. Missing some nuttiness, but nice to sip on if you like eating before winter.

Finish: Walnut, butter, cinnamon, cloves, nectarine, cocoa

Hey, the nuttiness! Now we’re balanced. Good amount of butter and spice here, less acidic and some slight melding between those points to make a different stone fruit aspect.

Conclusion: Smoked apples and nuts for Autumn. It goes with an idea and keeps sticking the landing. Frankly, though it was a sherry cask, given all the fruit and spice. I’m impressed at the youth, though it’s obviously peated.

Reminds me more of Ardmore, so if you’re an Ardmore fan, or maybe looking for a more peaty/less salty Bunnahabhain, this would have been your dram. What with it being sold at the distillery and all.

Wait, am I a dick? No, it’s the poor people who aren’t rushing to Islay to buy rare whisky that’s wrong.

83/100

Guess: Ardmore, Ex-sherry finish, 49%

Actually: Bunnahabhain 13 Moine Ex-bourbon Single Cask Distillery Exclusive

Scotch review #1073, Islay review #290, Whisky review #1671

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