Bunnahabhain 1988 28 Years Old (Single Malts of Scotland)
Truly old whisky comes from the sixties or even the seventies, right? That’s how my brain is wired. Well, today we have a Bunnahabhain 1988 28 Years Old from Single Malts of Scotland. That’s nearly three decades old! Distilled in my little sisters birth year. Man, I guess I’m getting old.
This Bunnahabhain has spent al of its maturation period in a hogshead (a refill one, most likely). It produced 344 bottles, so this either was one very big hogshead, or the spirit was watered down to 46,8 percent.
Bunnahabhain 1988 28 Years Old (46,8%, Single Malts of Scotland, C#100229)
Nose: Soft spoken, waxy and lots of complexity. Some wood shavings with citrus notes, like lemons, oranges and grapefruit. But also stone fruit such as nectarine and peach. Whiff or rosemary and vanilla. Delicious.
Taste: Oily mouthfeel with a hint of wood smoke, as well as some a distinct pepperiness and soft bitter oak notes. Vanilla, some honey and mellow citrus (mainly lemon).
Finish: Oak and lemon. Ends on a grassy note. Medium in length.
A very elegant whisky, with a 90+ nose. Overall I rate it a little bit lower, because I’d hoped for just a bit more fruitiness on the palate. Nonetheless, nothing to complain about here. On the contrary.
Sample provided by Speciality Drinks
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.