Bunnahabhain Stiuireadair

Spicy, Maritime, Costal
2022-05-13
Bunnahabhain Stiuireadair was created as a tribute to the sea and sailors, because without the sea and without a ship it is almost impossible to get from the island to the mainland. So we expect something very maritime.
As the first NAS (No Age Statement) Whisky from Bunnahabhain, the Stiuireadair was chosen as the entry point. Matured in first- and second-fill sherry casks, we would not be surprised if there was a strong resemblance to the Bunnahabhain 12 Years.
Bunnahabhain Stiuireadair
Bunnahabhain Stiuireadair (Preview Image Source: The Whisky Exchange)
Single Malt Whisky | No Age Statement | 46,30 % ABV. | 47,00 €/l | Bunnahabhain Distillery | produced in Scotland (Islay) | Whiskybase ID 199774

Smell

Sweet, really sweet, really really sweet. We think of prunes and buttered speculoos. Behind the dried fruit hides an interesting variety of aromas. Once the nose has become accustomed to the dark dried fruit, vanilla and caramel notes resonate and later the salty-maritime character also appears.

Taste

"There greets the sea: as if you gargled a good sip of seawater." Sweet on the lips, salty on the palate we again have dried fruit and strong nutty aromas. Compared to the nose, the ratio is exactly reversed. The salty-maritime clearly predominates and the sherry flavors remain in the background. There is also a hint of nutty chocolate and dried apricot.

Finish

The long finish is very dry. A slight fruitiness remains and is again accompanied by a salty feeling.

Thoughts

The advantage of Whiskys without an age statement - as long as you don't overdo it - is that the character of the distillery remains stronger in its wild original form. We have found a little treasure here. The nose convinces us and in terms of taste, our expectations are clearly met here. A nice young whisky (we would guess 5, maybe 6 years old) in a suitably maritime-sherry composition. The price is also right.

Rating: 80/100 - Excellent (Marcel: 80 | Sascha: 80)

Value for Money: 5/5 - Very Good

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