I thought I'd be quick and actually review a relatively new whisky for once, and since I managed to navigate the somewhat messy online release for this year's stay-at-home Fèis Ile bottlings and grab one of them I must seize the moment.

1.1 (Burnished)

Nose

A little spirit-y bite and a big chunk of fresh fruits. Sweet - oranges and chocolate rather than vanilla and toffee. Fragrant.

Palate

Soft, a tiny bit oily but not very thick. Pepper, wood, more spices than on the nose. Still some fruits but more in the background now.

Finish

Turns a bit more winey. Dry, a little nutty and some chocolate. A handful of peaches. Sadly a rather thin finish. It has some length but not much depth or intensity. Some would perhaps say delicate, but I expected more.

I recently reviewed a Palo Cortado finished Deanston and I think this falls into the same category. Nothing strange with that as Madeira is a fortified wine, and Palo Cortado is also kind of a fortified wine. The whiskies share the same fruitiness and the dry sherry notes. I think the Bunna falls a bit short compared to the Deanston though. I would expect a... thicker? finish from Bunnahabhain and this here is rather anonymous, albeit fresh and tasty. Good, but certainly not great.

Score

78 / 100
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