The nose on this dram is wild with celery salt, za’atar, and promiscuous fruits: a tiny, concentrated blueberry on a date. With a date. Imagine artisanal “everything” crackers dusted with all kinds of nonsense, and you’ll be closer to pinning down the capriciously multi-faceted and somewhat elusive nose on this dram. We tried it blind and never would have guessed that it was a Bunnie.
The mouth is somewhere between jumpy, bright, and harsh. It also paradoxically simultaneously offers a watery runniness and an oily richness. Hold it in your mouth for a while, and you get notes of anise pancakes with clove syrup dreaming of maple trees.The burn is at the back, like the natural gas furnace in the church basement behind which teenagers snog with all of the vigor forbidden things inspire.
The finish is a campfire with flames that momentarily threaten to lick the underside of the canopy of leaves above. It’s spicy and vegetal, like a pinewood derby car chasing a gang of celery pickles down my throat. The end of the finish fades to a placid scene of oboe reeds made into a Stonehenge for clover mites’ pagan rituals.
The Bunnahabhain 2006-2015 Gordon & MacPhail “the wood makes the whisky” is the actor Tony Cox–Perhaps best known for his role in Bad Santa, he can also lay claim to being part of the original Star Wars trilogy: he was an Ewok in Return of the Jedi. But lest you be deceived into thinking he’s just a cute and cuddly guy, just check out the trailer for the soon to be released Bad Santa 2.
Our thanks to Gordon & MacPhail for the sample!