Another dram from last year’s whisky advent calendar - this time a splendid drop of Bunnahabhain from Douglas Laing’s Old Particular range.
It was distilled in November 1990, left in a single refill hogshead for 24 years, and eventually bottled in July 2015. It’s deep, complex and packed with delicious, sweet flavours.
Even at close to £130, I’ve given serious thought to buying a bottle. At the time of writing, Master Of Malt are still selling 3cl samples for £10.67.
Nose: Marzipan, icing sugar, sherbet lemons - and the paper bag they came in! Barley sugars, fizzy Haribo, earthy putty, pineapple cubes, pear drops and zinging flying saucers. Sweet, sweet, sweet!
Palate: Lots more marzipan on the tongue, strawberry laces, deep lemon. Herbal honey with a silky mouthfeel. Full of flavour. Delicious.
Finish: Wood shavings, aniseed balls, honey, white pepper, pomegranate, nutmeg, lemon rind and chalky Edinburgh rock.