To me, Bunnahabhain often works best in a refill-sherry cask, but this refill bourbon cask release from Douglas Laing should provide a nice opportunity to explore the Bunnahabhain spirit. Distilled in 2005, it matured for 12 years before being bottled as part of Douglas Laing’s Old Particular label.
Bunnahabhain 2005 12 Years Old (48.4%, Douglas Laing, C#DL12545)
Nose: Light and malty with lots of sugary barley water, a whisper of banana, hints of lemon peel and lime zest, and a satisfying sweet note of marshmallow. Taste: Warming spices like cloves and cinnamon, but also a hint of white pepper. Slightly mineral, and a touch of bitter orange and grassiness. Finish: Lingering spices, subtle lemon and vanilla.
It lacks a little balance and depth to stand out. Not Douglas Laing’s finest pick, if I’m being honest.