First Impression: Bunnahabhain Aged 27 Years bottled by the Auld Alliance

The Auld Alliance doesn’t need an introduction, it’s already one of the landmarks in the whisky world. However, some of you might not know that they have also got an extensive range of in-house expressions on offer for patrons to sample, and they are simply pleasant surprises that await to delight one’s palate.

Out of the few exclusive bottlings I have tried during my recent Singapore trip, the 27 year old Bunnahabhain distilled in 1987 impressed the most, so much so that I ended up bringing a bottle home with me!

The nose starts off with a rather refreshing lemony scent, slight hint of soap to make way for the crisp clean malt. It carries on with a soft candle wax note that emits gooey caramel and grapefruit oil in time.

A gentle delivery that provides a caressing oily mouthfeel well infused with lychees, toasted hazelnut, sugar dusted limes, coconut cream and crisp maltiness; a harmonious blend of complexity.

There are traces of beeswax near the finish, the fructose lingers with a fine layer of shaved white oak now becoming noticeable.

For a Bunnahabhain, this feels like a great Clynelish.

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[49.1%・Distilled in 1987・27 Years Old・Independent Bottling・Limited Release of 99 Bottles]

-Nicholas