It took me a while to find specs on this bottle online, since it’s apparently a release by The Whisky Barrel, but bottled by Whiskybroker.co.uk. Rather strange. Another strange fact is that the name of the distillery is widely known (Bunnahabhain) but it’s nowhere on the label.
The bonus of a bottling by Whiskybroker is that the price is usually really good. This one initially went for some £ 60 or so, which is dirt cheap for a 21 year old single cask at cask strength.
Of course, it was bottled for the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II last year. As were many other bottlings. The difference is that this one is actually affordable and hasn’t quadrupled in price by now.
Salty caramel fudge at first, with some straw and pastry cream. Dry vanilla, oak but also a hint of paper.
It’s pretty sharp and rather rich. The straw is back with backup from some floral notes. Wild flowers you find in meadows, like poppies and burdock. Still pretty salty and it has some sand flavours too.
The finish is creamy with vanilla. There’s fruit too, with fruit syrup from tins. Rather long.
A very decent Bunnahabhain! I actually really enjoy this whisky, which I didn’t really expect for some reason. I had a prejudice to it that was completely wrong, and I can’t even tell why I had that prejudice. Anyway, the sherry cask is sort of obvious although the typical Bunnahabhain flavours of the spirit are leading. Which is a good thing I think.
Of course, I have to give credit where it’s due. Gal brought this bottle to Maltstock last year and left it at my house since he couldn’t bring that much back to Israel without having to pay some crippling taxes. So thanks a million buddy! I’ll be enjoying it!
Bunnahabhain 1990, 21yo, Jubilee Malt 2, The Whisky Barrel, 54.5%