From 1963 to 1997, the Bunnahabhain distillery produced an unpeated single malt. Since then, it has made amends, as demonstrated by this "very small batch" distilled in 2007 which examines peat in all its guises. In turns, mellow, camphoric, vegetal, medicinal, oily, chocolatey, salty, smoky, ashy, gamey and even fruity, peat is omnipresent. It occupies almost all of the palette of flavours and aromas, which takes the taster literally head on. Fans of this fossilized organic matter - and there are many - will be licking their lips.
Profile: the rich initial nose reveals a mellow, camphoric and vegetal (lichen) peat. It becomes increasingly medicinal and simultaneously fruity (white grape). The velvety peat has become chocolatey and smoky. Lichee and raspberry also make a noteworthy entrance. The long finish sees peat definitively gain the upper hand. Animal notes (bacon, smoked fish) appear alongside smoke rings from a Havana cigar. Small Batch of 3 casks – Hogsheads