Carn Mor Bunnahabhain Tasting Notes

Posted: August 29, 2015 in Bunnahabhain, Scotch Whisky A-G

Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask Bunnahabhain 1989 (27 year old) 43%

Bourbon Hogshead 5750/ Dist: Oct 1989 Btl: Jan 2017/ Tasted: Jan 2017

A gorgeously voluptuous and fruity nose, with mature apricot, white fruit, melon, pear, banana, honey and lightly mentholated herbs. Exuberant and juicy with a light coastal note and subtle, buttery oak.

The palate is wonderfully mature with slightly oxidised tropical fruit – melon, apricot and pear with honey and a light smokiness. Grippy vanilla oak, straw and coffee come through on the middle and the finish is long and salty with lingering tropical fruit, citrus and more salt. Absolutely stunning.

Carn Mor Black Gold Series Bunnahabhain 1995 (20 year old) 51.1%

Sherry Hogshead 2536/ Dist: Jan 1995 Btl: May 2015/ Tasted: May 2015

The colour is as black as the Ace of Spades! Gently spiced, thick, pure and unctuous Oloroso aromas are sliced through with a sliver of citrus. Hints of toffee, baked apple, liquorice, green nuts and taught herbal aromas appear. With time it becomes quite treacly and an almost PX-like dried grape note appears along with a touch of black coffee.

The palate is awash with succulent Oloroso – dried grape, plum, liquorice, treacle and herbs. Expansive and lightly tannic with malt and dark chocolate notes coming through on the middle along with a touch of smoke. Lovely palate cleansing citrus note releases a touch of vanilla before the dark chocolate, raisin and treacle returns. Long and uber clean with a dry, coffee’d tannin and lingering wood smoke finish.


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