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Bunnahabhain 35 yo 1974/2009 A.D Rattray #7111 vs Bunnahabhain 39 yo 1976/2016 Cadenhead Small Batch

Some coincidence but a number of friends have opened some 70s Bunnahabhain recently, which is a happy thing to have as early 70s Bunnahabhain are usually excellent, and for some reason perfect at about 30+ years age. Bunnahabhain seems to want some age.

Bunnahabhain 35 yo 1974/2009 A.D Rattray #7111 44.3%

 Nose: Softly malty and buttery, vanilla pods left to flavour white sugar, meringue, so light touch american oak. Thin honey. Bits of some dried herb. Thin oils, hot sand, quite some sea salt and a tiny bit of something milky or nutty. This is not a heavy or big nose, in fact it is quite a subtle naked one (yayy for fans of the style), but it’s apparent simplicity belies a depth of the spirit that comes with a moment’s searching.

 Palate: Fairly weighty and malty, buttery and oily, all sorts of oils even, salt sting, bit of wasabi heat – I imagine a leafy green methol-like kind of heat that goes up through the nose rather than burns the insides. Vitamin chews, and also hints of what some people call ‘sick’ or acidic notes, but let me just say butyric, but it’s not obvious here. Fisherman’s friend, getting more sappy and leafy-minty, and becoming salty too.

 Finish: Long, mentholated and salty, with a big oiliness.

 

 

Bunnahabhain 39 yo 1976/2016 Cadenhead Small Batch 49.4%

 Nose: Much more giving here, very ‘drawing room’ with lacquer and tins of tobacco lying about. Lush leather and fantastic old oak (that doesn’t also become too tannic). Bowls of potpourri, old books laid open, and a rich custard is served. It says sherry butts but it is redolent of ex bourbon notes, of course it could be the active american oak commonly used for sherry butts but go figure…  More of these dried floral and leafy notes, like tins of green tea matched with a weighty largesse of the spirit. Sandalwood and some sort of seasoning rub.I might be imagining these thin oils and salt air again.

 Palate: Big and full of wood spices like cloves and cinnamon etc, the fresh wood treatment is apparent but not over done, pretty great actually with these rich lacquers, leather and tobacco. Old wood and old books again. And full of incense like woody aromatics. Again it seems to lean towards oils, some cool leafy sap, minerals and salt towards the finish.

 Finish: Long, minerals, light oils, sea air. The Bunnahabhain is most clear here.

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