The Old Particular Bunnahabhain 2005 15-Year-Old was matured in a single refill hogshead that yielded just 201 bottles at 54.5% abv.
From cask DL14624.
Official Tasting Notes:
Nose: Barley sweet with brown sugar, yet salty and briny at the same time.
Palate: Thick and creamy initially, giving way to damp earth and salted caramel.
Finish: A melted butter quality lingers with carred oak and dried seaweed.
Bunnahabhain is one of the nine active whisky distilleries currently on Islay (though this number is sure to change before too long). Based on the island's northeast coast, Bunnahabhain is a large and imposing distillery which was built during the Victorian era (1881) by William Robertson. Bunnahabhain's spirit, whilst historically peated, has moved further and further away from this. Today, roughly only 20-25% of the spirit produced at the distillery is heavily peated. Low fill levels and massive amounts of copper contact create a light, malleable spirit which has historically been prized by blenders. It is only recently that the true worth of Bunnahabhain as a single malt is being seen, often when matured in sherry casks, which provide a sweet richness and a spicy ginger note to the spirit.
An IB with some history; Douglas Laing's was founded in 1948 by Fred Douglas Laing and remains independently, family-owned to this day.
For the past 70 years they have operated with the philosophy that whisky should be presented as the distiller intended, with no artifical colouring and no chill filtration. This remains true today as the family, now in its third generation, pursues distilling, blending and independent bottling.
The "Old Particular" range is a collection of "particularly sought after" single cask single malts and single grain whiskies from around Scotland. They are presented with natural colour and no chill filtration, retaining the naturally present oils, fats and enzymes in the spirit that contribute significantly towards the nose, palate and critically to the mouthfeel of the whisky.
- Single Malt