Bunnahabhain is unusual on Islay, in that they don’t care for heavily peating their whisky (though the same distillery does make more peated whisky, calling it ‘Staoisha’). This being true, Bunnahabhain usually strives to be both rich and sweet, often with gingery, malty notes and some dried fruit. This is usually facilitated by maturation in a sherry cask, but in this case the distillery opted for a 1st fill Pinot Blanc Barrique.
The pinot blanc barrique is a very unusual choice, not often seen as a whisky maturing vessel. This cask is thus something of a curiosity. The pinot blanc grape brings dry, orchard fruit flavours and a slight nuttiness to wine, and thus helps to highlight the lighter side of Bunnahabhain’s whisky and bring a delightful crisp acidity – a different interpretation of what it means to be Bunnahabhain.
Auction estimate: £11,000 – £13,000
For the person who likes: Sour cherries or apple bonbons.