Bunnahabhain NAS ‘Toiteach’ (46%, OB, +/-2010?) – Scotch Whisky Tasting Note

Bunnahabhain NAS ‘Toiteach’ (46%, OB, +/-2010?)

A peated Bunnahabhain which one has to presume is made up of mainly younger whiskies other wise there would be an age statement. Un-chillfiltered however which is a very good way to start and “Toiteach” is Gaelic for Smoky. On the nose there is peat smoke like peanut butter (think of the natural version, not the versions with sugar and lard), some hints of juniper and a little caramel sweetness. Quite vibrant and lively. And nice. Pleasant. After some time in the glass there are also some hints of smoky bacon. The taste is gentle at first and then some very nice peat smoke (and the bacon) takes over along with some vegetal hints and also hints of the juniper (not too much, just a little). And then some really good cereal/grain/malty moment. The finish is a good reflection of the nose and the taste with the peat smoke and grains holding on well and not falling apart into something unsavory. After some moments some really good smoked grain appears to finish things off.

Surprisingly good.

£53 at The Whisky Exchange

Score 85 points

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