A Boatload of Bunnahabhain
My sole Bunnahabhain review to date has been the An Cladach from their Global Travel Retail range. I did detail a little about the distillery in that piece so I'm not going to re-tread old ground. Instead I'm going to go straight into the notes for five Bunnahabhain expressions, four of which are still readily available and one of which is now only available at hefty outlay on the secondary market.
The first expression is the classic 12 year old. This is a mixture of ex-bourbon and sherry cask matured spirit that is at least 12 years old, this iteration of the 12 year old coming to market in 2010 with a presentation change from 40% to 46.3% abv alongside natural colour and non chill filtration. This is an old bottling from 2016 that I found stored away on my shelves before the 2017 bottle and tube facelift. It cost me £30 as I recall in Sainsburys.
Second up is the Stiuireadair, a non age statement expression that was released apparently to ease the pressure on stocks of the popular 12 year old. It has a high proportion of 1st and 2nd fill sherry casks. Like the 12 year old this is an unpeated whisky. This was bought in Sainsburys for £25.
Third up is the Toiteach A Dha. This time we hit peated territory alongside a sherried component. This came from Amazon at a cost of £43.
The fourth expression is the Moine is a heavily peated expression that is solely matured in ex-bourbon barrels and cost £33 from Amazon.
Like the 12 year old, all the aforementioned expressions are bottled at 46.3% abv, are natural colour and are non chill filtered. Whisky nerd checklist ticked!
The final expression is the 2003 PX finish. Distilled 24/03/2003 and bottled 21/06/2017 this expression was matured in Warehouse 8 in 2nd fill oloroso sherry casks for 11 years before a second maturation for 3 years in 1st fill Pedro Ximenez casks. I purchased bottle 6290 from 6768 from Fairleys for the princely sum of £83.