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Bunnahabhain
The 1880 Collection: The Officers Mess Bottling No3 Bunnahabhain Staoisha 2013 (10 years old) 57.1%

Age: 10-12 yrs
ABV: 57.1
Bottle size: 70
Primary Cask: American oak
Only 2 in stock
£75.95

Bottled for Gauntleys of Nottingham by The Sipping Shed – sample at 57.6%
Bourbon Cask 719 (second part)
Dist: Oct 2013 Btl: Oct 2023
Tasted: Sept 2023
The nose is earthy, herbal, malty and mineral but it has still retained the lovely crisp white fruit from the previous bottling. Salt, honey, vanilla, lime oil, manure and plenty of green pepper/ capsicum appears. Wonderfully elegant and possibly a little more complex than before with late wood spice, lemon and soot.

The palate opens with the green pepper/ capsicum, lime, minerals, salt and subtle earthy spice and peat. The saltiness builds well on the middle palate with hints of bog myrtle, earth, tobacco and drying spice. A little masked, but a mouth-watering finish with sweeter peat, herbal spice and earth. Subtle vanilla, green fruit and capsicum after-taste.

Water emphasises the sweet white fruit and citrus, less peat but still pleasantly salty. The palate is a little denser, oilier and almost honeyed. Again, less peaty but still earthy and showing a little more oak. Long, spicy green pepper/ capsicum and mineral finish….. Yeah, that’s good!

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