One of two releases showing a new side to the Single Malts of Scotland range – it’s a small-batch vatting of four casks, showing off the blending skills of the Elixir Distillers team. It’s a 27-year-old Bunnahabhain with the four refill bourbon hogshead coming from three different vintages. The whisky is fruity and complex, with balanced buttery and spicy notes.
Nose: Vanilla pods, gummi sweets, salted caramel, pineapple cubes, hay and straw. Fruit follows, along with candy necklaces, meadow flowers, green apple skins and freshly-cut pears. Anise and menthol notes hide at the back.
Palate: Oatcakes and digestive biscuits to start, with sultana-studded shortbread biscuits following on behind. Pineapple, and apple and pear pie notes develop, topped with a pinch of white pepper spice. Citrus notes wash over the pie: lemon zest and fleshy oranges. There’s a late appearance icing sugar sweetness over the top and a touch of cocoa and raisin underneath.
Finish: Hay, butter, caramel and gentle spice.
Comment: A perfect balance between Bunnahabhain’s weighty, buttery spirit and long-aged fruity notes. The spice provides a contrast, but doesn’t get too much. Whisky Exchange