Douglas McGibbon Bunnahabhain Tasting Notes

Posted: December 28, 2011 in Bunnahabhain, Scotch Whisky A-G

Douglas McGibbon Provenance Bunnahabhain 2001 (9 year old) 46%

Sherry/ Code: PRV0759/ Dist Dec 2001 Btl: Dec 2011/ Tasted: Dec 2011

Not surprisingly the nose is quite high toned and youthful with some manurey moments, sherry spices, light peat and crystalised violets. What is surprising is the level of complexity, which is pretty high. Once it settles down some sweet barley, some unsweetened porridge oats and marzipan can be discerned. Intriguing and surprising.

The palate opens with some sweet but burnt sherry notes underpinning a slightly industrial sub-plot. Burnt caramel by the bucketful is followed by lots of malty, sherry spices and a touch of smoke. Softly peated with the spirit attempting to unshackle itself from the oak and impart a slightly floral, herbal note at the finish.

Douglas McGibbon Provenance Bunnahabhain ‘Young & Fiesty’ 46%

Bourbon/ Code: PRV1073/ Btl: Jan 14/ Tasted: Feb 14

The nose is young and salty with sweet cereal and light coal dusty notes. With time some lovely, sweet, estery tropical fruit – pear and pineapple emerges.

The palate is soft and sweet, again quite fruity with apricot, pineapple and white fruit. A little more complex than the nose with a touch of creamy oak, salt and soft spice. A little herbal ‘spirit’ note nips at the edges and the finish is pure new world Sauvignon Blanc. Very appealing to be honest with a light, dusty peat after-taste.


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