Bunnahabhain American Craft Ale, NAS, 50.5 %
The Bunnahabhain American Craft Ale is a distillery exclusive that you could hand-fill at Bunnahabhain earlier this year. It was possibly a one off experiment, or maybe not.. It sold out fairly quickly though.
Nose: Hmm..this is different. Different good.. but most certainly different. Vanilla, soft fruitiness and some oakiness. Fair enough, that’s to be expected. But there’s more here. Green notes of grass and herbs, mixed with notes of petroleum, honey and wax.
Taste: Downright fat-bodied. Very rich, with lots of sweet fruits; apples and pears in simple syrup. Ginger, caramel and white pepper.
Finish: Medium long finish. Cinnamon and vanilla. Hints of hops and cut grass. A bit closed up until well into the finish, then it relaxes and I am left with a very pleasant fruity sweet finish.
Comments: A rather unusual Bunnahabhain, but well worth a closer look, or sniff and sip as it were.
Image from The Whisky Barrel.