Bunnahabhain (pronounced Boon-na-ha-venn) is another if the Islay scotches with it's own unique flavoring.
Today was pretty much a dreary day in these parts, light rain, overcast, and the temp only made it to 50. Pretty much like what the Islay Isles are at this time of year. I finally finished my local tax paperwork and sat down to watch my first Arena Football game with a nice dollop of Bunnahabhain. I can say that the AFL (Arena Football League) needs much more then a few ounces of Scotch to be interesting.
Bunnahabhain is the most un-Islay of all the scotches made in the isles. It is very light (for an Islay) and owes much to the water that is used for this. Unlike most of the other Islay distilleries, Bunnahabhain's water is drawn before it has run through the Islay malt. This combined with taking a small cut of the distillation (a cut is a part of the vat, for example a top cut is the lightest of the distilled product) and some unusually short necked stills gives this whisky it's own character. Unlike a number of other distilleries, Bunnahabhain was not built near a town but instead the town formed around the distillery as the years went by.
This whisky is a typical light golden color and noses a bit flowery with a trace of sea mist. The taste is light to medium, very clean with a hint of nuts and malt. The sherry finish with a bit of saltness works much better then it sounds. The finish is medium in length and retains a slight bit of saltiness mixed with herbs.
Although this is only 86 proof I found it seems to come alive with a slight bit of water or an ice cube in the glass. While not my absolute favorite dram it is good for a change of pace and seems to come across as fine desert Scotch or even as one for a pre-meal drink. Definately worth a shot or two to try and see if you like it or not.
Edited by AVB, 18 December 2006 - 04:46 PM.