Thursday, September 22, 2011
New Single Malts: Bunnahabhain 12 year and 18 year, Tobermory 15 year
Bourbon may be our first love here at the shop, but that doesn't stop us from having some serious affairs with single malt scotches. Tobermory, currently the only distillery on the Isle of Mull, produces this beautiful 15 year non-chill filtered master piece which comes in a nifty oak box. This is seriously in my top two or three favorite single malts, period. Also got in two Bunnahabhain single malts, the 12 year and 18 year. Bunnahabhain has the unique distinction of being one of the only non-peated Islay single malts, Bruichladdich being the other one. While the barley isn't smoked with peat you still get traces of peat from their water source, which is surrounded by peat bogs, couple that with the exquisite notes of sea air from the coastal barrel aging and you have a ridiculously complex dram that is more approachable than most Islays. Shhhh, don't tell any one but this is the last shipment of 18 year to hit shelves, they have stopped production on this expression of Bunnahabhain so it will no longer be available.