Single Malt Whisky Reviews from Australia

Gordon & MacPhail Bunnahabhain 8yr Heavily Peated Whisky Review

Heavily peated Bunnahabhain. As soon as I saw this on The Oak Barrel’s website I knew I had to try it. I know Bunnahabhain have done some peaty releases such as their Toiteach. But to date I haven’t had the chance to try them.


Eye: Light Honey

Nose: Brine and heavy peat at first. Vanilla and light hints of tropical jam follow. Let this one sit and open up. It takes its time.

Palate: It's initially sweet. Wow now this is one smoky whisky. No getting around that. Very briny. Fruity melon sweetness and a creamy malt mix together.

Finish: Salty and smoky bonfire ash mixed with creamy malt continue to linger. Slight hints of chocolate. Oily and fulfilling. Great mouthfeel.


Distillery: Bunnahabhain
Age: 8yr’s Old
Bottler: Gordon & MacPhail
Region: Islay
ABV: 43%

This is a top notch dram! One of those malts you could nose for hours. If you are a fan of Islay whisky then you will love this. Just be careful if you plan to be trying any other whiskies as this will pretty much destroy your palate for the rest of the evening. Heavy smoke. If having this at a tasting I recommend leaving this until last, unless of course you have something heavier such as Octomore.

Music to go with this whisky is from Howlin' Wolf.

Howlin' Wolf - Built for Comfort


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