2007 Bunnahabhain 10 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) SKU #1298482


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Tasting Notes

Those interested in truly learning what the term "refill hogshead" refers to will get exhibit A with this new 10 year old Bunnahabhain release. Clearly the vessel had been used a number of times before it was filled with cask strength whisky from Islay, offering little in terms of richness and weight. That's OK, however, because Islay whiskies carry so much character on their own that often little oak is needed to showcase what is already a quality malt from Bunnahabhain. At 55.2%, this is the quintessential rocks whisky, brimming with sweet grains, crisp fruit, and just a pinch of sea salt on the palate. While the initial sip offers simplicity, the finish is where the whisky dials up its most potent punch with a flurry of sweet spices and subtle smoke. This single cask edition of Bunnahabhain is a far cry from the supple and weighty whiskies released under the distillery brand. It's a fresh and unadulterated look at what Islay spirit tastes like in its purest and cleanest form; charming and engaging from front to back.

Staff Reviews

  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a tasty gem that is joyful and interesting. There are subtle aromas of honey and wax with a undertone of savory notes. In the mouth it is soft, round and easy with honey, wax and savory notes continuing. This is a very good bottle of single malt. I tasted this with a touch of water.
  • Andrew Stevens
    By: Andrew Stevens
    K&L Staff Member
    I have been waiting to taste this bottle since I saw that eventually we would be getting it and I thought I would have to wait until the fall. Then today Driscoll swept in like a messenger of the gods and delivered my sample and it is as fun an exciting as I was hoping. From a refill cask this bottling does not have the rich sherry or bourbon notes I am used to from this distillery and allows the whisky inside to speak for itself. Beautiful vanilla and warm fruit in the nose with notes of cereal lead to a fresh palate. Although this bottling is significantly lighter than the distillery bottlings there is still a lot of complexity and richness here with a subtle core of smoke. The cask strength does not overwhelm and the finish of rising spice notes are lovely.
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    One of the more pale colored ten year old malts I've come across, what the Bunnahabhain lacks in color and complexity it makes up for with sheer charm and value. This is a straight forward Islay whisky with flavors of soft fruit, sea salt, and subtle smoke. The proof is dialed up, meaning that a few ice cubes quickly turn this baby into the perfect summer Highball, but the higher ABV also brings a flurry of potency on the finish with flavors of sweet malt, stonefruit, and spice. I think fans of the traditional Bunnahabhain 12 and 18 malts will find this single barrel edition a far cry from the supple and weighty whiskies they've tasted before, but simultaneously they'll experience the essence of Bunnahabhain with its core elements still in place.


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