Bunnahabhain 1991/2015 Whisky-Fässle

A Bunna New Year

First dram of the new year has been a Lagavulin 16 for the 5th consecutive year, probably a tradition that is going to stick. But my N⸰2 comes from only a stone throw away, the eastern shore of Islay… Bunnahabhain. First tasting notes of 2017, here is to another year of whisky reviews, Sláinte!

 distilled in 1991, matured for 23 years in a (Bourbon) hogshead and bottled at 47.5% ABV by the German independent bottler Whisky-Fässle in 2015.

Nose: fresh and tropical fruity, orange blossom and banana, honeydew, wood scrapings, milk cream and vanilla.
(with water added: mainly the addition of that old furniture smell).

Mouth: full bodied and slightly drying, a palate that is mostly just leather and ash, with soft undertones of orange zest and vanilla.

Finish: medium long, cigar tobacco with a soft black pepper edge.

The Verdict: not the big whopper I was hoping for to kick things off, but still a very presentable dram.

Score: 85

Nose: 23

Taste: 21
Finish: 21 Balance: 22
   < 75: undrinkable, avoid at all costs
75-79: acceptable, give it a try but don't spend to much money on it
80-84: average, enjoyable whiskies mostly easy sippable entry-level single malt 
85-89: above average drams, often well aged expressions, open your wallet
90-94: excellence, sorry kids no x-mas presents this year, daddy needs this bottle
95-99: divinity, call your bank manager for another mortgage on your house