Whisky Review: Bunnahabhain 2006 Signatory Vintage 9 Years Old

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A beautiful young sherried Bunna with a light Amber hue.

The nose is a concentration of sweet citrus oils, toffee and salted caramel. A dash of water releases the dam of exotic flavours, dried herbs and florals, cardamom and other sweet spices. Creamy milk chocolate and a light sweet smokiness like roasted chestnuts over a gentle peat fire. The nosing of this Bunna brings the saline Islay air that’s tossed against the rocks and passed over a field of flowers before overloading your olfactory senses! Big Fan!

The palate is concentrated and complex with a lovely sweet gentle peat first rolling off the tongue. Sweet malt and wine poached barley with candied orange peels. Then a wave of dried florals notes like chewing on potpourri! The finish is long and jammed pack with red and black fruits, dark Canadian cherries and perhaps a hint of liquorice. It rounds off with some tannins and a slight dark floral tea bitterness.

– CH