Bunnahabhain 1979 / 29 Year Old

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Bunnahabhain 1979 / 29 Year Old
70cl / 44.8%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Speciality Drinks Ltd
The last of our exquisite old Bunnahabhains from 1979, bottled at a natural strength of 44.8%. Only 205 bottles of this unfortunately - those pesky thirsty angels!
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CountryScotlandRegionIslayBottlerSpeciality Drinks LtdBottling StatusDiscontinuedSeriesSingle Malts of ScotlandAge29 Year OldVintage1979Bottling DateAug 2009Cask Number28811Chill FilteredNoNo of Bottles205
Tasting Notes:
Tasting notes by Whiskyfun (Serge Valentin)

Nose: some similarities with the OB (barley sugar, light honey) but the rest is rather more on fresh fruits, vanilla, wax and herbs. Ripe apples, not-too-ripe bananas, fresh mint leaves, hints of almond oil, marzipan and something faintly coastal (sea air). Not a wham-bam old Bunnahabhain, it seems that the cask wasn’t too active, but it’s all very elegant and rather subtle. Whispering aromas… Gets then a little grassier.

Mouth: exactly the same differences with the OB. More fresh fruits, more liveliness, maybe a little less complexity. Sweet cider (genuine cider from a farm, not the junk that one can sometimes find in some supermarkets) and creamy vanilla sauce. A little liquorice. Some guavas and papayas as well. It’s all very good.

Finish: long and coating, juicy, vanilled, sweet and fruity. It’s almost confectionary!

Comments: maybe not mindboggling but all good. It’s also half the price of the official 25 – but certainly not half the points. Actually, it scores the same on my scale. SGP:541 - 87 points.

Customer Reviews:(1 review)
Nose ? Floral with a touch of acetone. Sweet flowers spreading to an earthy caramel.Palate ? Apple cider, with waves of honey and vanilla spreading to pure peat over timeFinish ? Continuing peat with now a background of hard cider, sweat and drying Impression ? ?Takes a while to get there? but the sweat apples and peat combination does not disappoint
- Scotch , 11th May '10
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