Bunnahabhain is an Islay distillery, but they’re not exactly known for their peated whiskies. Quite the contrary. However, they do distill peated whisky every once in a while. Their own Toiteach expression is peated for example, and there are also plenty of independent bottlings of Bunnahabhain with a smokey edgy, such as today’s 8 year old expression bottled by Gordon & MacPhail.
Bunnahabhain 8yo (43%, Gordon & MacPhail, The MacPhail’s Collection)
Nose: Sauerkraut and straw with touches of smoked bacon and rubber. Vanilla and nuts in the background, as well as fruitier notes of ripe banana. Taste: Wood smoke and peat dominate at first, much peatier than the nose suggest and fairly bold in that way. Some sugar water and green apple as well. Finish: Medium in length peat, rubber and vanilla.
A more than decent peated Bunnahabhain, which could serve as a nice introduction to peated whisky. It is certainly priced that way at around 40 euro.