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Bunnahabhain Dram An Stiureadair Feis Ile 2014 Review

By Miguel in Bunnahabhain

I am making peace with my box of samples and drinking the stuff that I have been neglecting for the last four months, so what better way of starting than drinking peated whisky… and so I happened to have on my box a few samples of the Feis Ile whiskies, in fact all but the expensive Bowmore and the Ardbeg Auriverdes ( wtf is doing people with Ardbeg?! Is this artificial scarcity? )

“Lightly peated they said! Muahahahaha fantastic stuff! A pity it is so hard to grab a bottle of this for a reasonable prize”

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Bunnahabhain Drąm An Stiłreadair - Feis Ile 2014
Drąm an Stiłreadair is pronounced 'Draam an Yoł-radar' or 'Dram on your radar'.

It's a heavily peated Bunnahabhain released especially for Fčis Ģle, the legendary Islay whisky festival, in 2014. Matured in Bourbon casks for 9 years, it then spent a final year in a Marsala wine cask the outturn from which was 632 bottles.

This dram has a gold-like color.

Nose (91): more than average. honey, smoke, fruits, citrus, plums, apricot, coffee. Fantastic. Peated and quite fruity... sauternes finish?

Palate (92): powerful, oily. honey, peat, earth, fruits, coffee, citrus.

Finish (92): longer than average. peat, earth.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Bunnahabhain Drąm An Stiłreadair - Feis Ile 2014 with 92 points over 100.

Pretty nice! And to think that I started with this one because I though it was lightly peated! Lovely surprise! Pretty much like a peat hug!


Bunnahabhain 1988 24 years old Signatory for TWE Review

By Miguel in Tasting , Bunnahabhain

Another Signatory dram that I tasted at The Whisky Show… and another one that just two things in common with the Laphroaig: It is expensive and it is really good.

“Oh my! Oh my! This Bunnahabhain is matured to perfection and it could make you think you are drinking something ten years older. Get one now”

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Bunnahabhain 1988 / 24 Year Old / Sherry #2800 / Signatory Islay Whisky
A 1988 vintage Bunnahabhain from independent bottlers Signatory as part of their Cask Strength Collection. Aged in a refill sherry butt for 24 years, the angels left this one for us to enjoy, with the cask yielding 588 bottles.

This dram has a cooper-like color.

Nose (91): more than average. nuts, sherry, wood, honey, powder, citrus, spices.

Palate (93): powerful, oily. nuts, powder, spices, wood, honey, citrus, cocoa.

Finish (92): longer than average. nuts, wood, citrus.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Bunnahabhain 1988 / 24 Year Old / Sherry #2800 / Signatory Islay Whisky with 92 points over 100.

I would have bought this one too but the Laphroaig really won my heart and I didn’t have so much money.


#abbeywhisky Tweet Tasting

By Miguel in Tasting , Bunnahabhain , Glendronach , Ben Nevis , Caperdonich

Just two days ago it happened to me one of the strangest things I have done lately. I was doing with Steve Rush and other whisky chaps the #abbeywhisky Tweet tasting and then I tasted the #4 sample and definitively I knew I needed it. I bought the bottle on the very middle of the tasting ( Sorry Steve, I had to! ). Had I tasted it before I would have included on the Top 10 Whiskies to enjoy this Christmas.

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I haven’t tasted any other Glendronach Oloroso single cask, but this one was fantastic. Oh, well, and we tasted other stuff… but really the Glendronach eclipsed everything else… and £89.95 a bottle isn’t much to think about it nowadays.

So the whiskies…

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Bunnahabhain 1989 Berry Bros Cask 5755 Review

By Miguel in Tasting , Bunnahabhain

“Lovely sweet with a more than decent amount of peat for any Bunnahabhain whisky. A winner on its own!”

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Bunnahabhain 21 Year Old 1989 Cask 5755 (Berry Brothers and Rudd)

This dram has a fino-like color.

Nose (91): more than average. honey, vanilla, citrus, spices, cinnamon.

Palate (90): powerful. honey, peat, vanilla, citrus, floral, spices.

Finish (90): average. peat, wood, citrus.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Bunnahabhain 21 Year Old 1989 Cask 5755 (Berry Brothers and Rudd) with 90 points over 100.

The Balkan Tiger and the Ardbeg's whispers

By Miguel in Uncategorized , Tasting , Ardbeg , Bunnahabhain , Compass Box , Wemyss

Welcome to a new session of my random blind tastings! This one is WTF Tasting 003.

If you recall previous sessions, one of my biggest “problems” with whisky tasting was to make my mind to choose a set of drams to taste. I love peated whiskies and mid age sherried drams but once you start tasting one after the other it becomes a bit plain ( with great surprises from time to time )… so why not just add some spices into the mix?

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WTF Whisky Tastings is just a new fun way of lowering my samples’ box level with a flight of four and five random drams taking blindly from the box.

So here are this week flight…

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Whisky Tasting Session 2013-02

By Miguel in Tasting , Glenlivet , Bunnahabhain , Auchentoshan , Littlemill , Benrinnes , Wilson & Morgan

Oh my! Time goes so fast. We are already in April! So here are the results for this second session of Whisky Distilleries Tasting.

As usual Jean-Marie Putz of Whisky-distilleries.info proposed six unnamed samples on a stunning box like previous tastings.

As I explained a blind tasting is a quite interesting experience because tasting whiskies in this way you really pay more attention to the whisky and less to the bottle. I am enjoying so much this kind of tastings that I am starting doing myself them with my samples, keeps your eyes peeled for more info about this soon.

But anyway, here are the whiskies…

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Burns Malts by The Whisky Barrel, it feels like robbing them

By Miguel in Tasting , Bunnahabhain , Springbank , Dailuaine , Caperdonich , Longmorn , Braes of Glenlivet

What an incredible way of starting my holidays. I was at home sorting and cleaning stuff when the DHL guy appeared with a box bigger than usual for a sample. My Wife looked me suspiciously and I had to swear that this time it was true; I haven’t ordered anything.

[Note to self: it worked! Next time try with full size bottles]

I checked the parcel and it has a reference; BMALTS. Ummm…

I was getting excited because I had read a week before a nice press release about the six new whiskies bottled by The Whisky Barrel for their Burns Malt range and I was really wondering how good they were.

I tasted before a previous release of Littlemill and Bunnahabhain and I really enjoyed them.

So I usually place samples I get on a box and taste them as I please but this time I just did a from parcel to table session.

The six new whiskies belong to a range of single malts bottled by The Whisky Barrel to commemorate Robert Burns, Scotland’s favorite son and poet.

Oh, I can’t wait! Let’s taste the whiskies.

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Bunnahabhain 23 years old The Rare Casks

By Miguel in Tasting , Bunnahabhain

After a first fantastic release of their Rare Casks series, Abbey Whiskies asked on their blog about which one should be their next whisky on the range. There were two options: Bruichladdich or a peated Bunnahabhain. Apart of a few laddie fans the consensus was clear for a peated Bunna.

And so they bottled it. A 23 years old cask strength Bunnahabhain at a whopping 44% ABV. Just a few years shorts of not being legally whisky anymore :)

Bunnahabhain whiskies are somewhat of a hidden jewel to discover between the peat giants of Islay, but once you get a dram of their delicious 25 years old, you fall in true love for ever.

So the tasting…

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Bn4 Elements of Islay: Bunnahabhain

By Miguel in Tasting , Bunnahabhain

“Interesting Bunnahabhain whisky but I prefer Bn1. It was sweeter and with more peat”

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Bn4 - Elements of Islay Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
A fourth batch of whisky from this unusual Islay distillery, famed for its general lack of peatiness. An earthy and robust dram.

This dram has a fino-like color.

Nose (90): more than average. honey, vanilla, citrus.

Palate (88): powerful. peat, honey, floral, citrus. Tastes young.

Finish (87): longer than average. smoke, citrus, honey.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Bn4 - Elements of Islay Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky with 88 points over 100.

Bunnahabhain 18 years old: Islay whisky, sherry character

By Miguel in Tasting , Bunnahabhain

“Nice sherried Bunnahabhain whisky A bit oversherried for my taste but still nice”

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Bunnahabhain 18 year
A smooth, slightly sherried dram with all the understated elegance one would expect from the gentlest malt on Islay. The epitome of Bunnahabhain's soft Islay style.

This dram has a cooper-like color.

Nose (89): more than average. nuts, cocoa, raisins, honey, citrus.

Palate (88): powerful, oily. honey, citrus, nuts, wood, cocoa.

Finish (88): longer than average. honey, wood, cocoa.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Bunnahabhain 18 year with 88 points over 100.

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