Happy belated father’s day to all dad’s. Hope it was a great one!
I am happy to say that I am nearing the end of this Gordon & MacPhail (G&M) whisky series. One more to go after this one! Don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t mean I won’t write about G&M anymore, it will just be the completion of the G&M posts on the tasting I attended.
Here are the past series posts: Gordon & MacPhail Series Post 1 of 6: Scapa 10 year-old; Gordon & MacPhail Series Post 2 of 6: Benromach 10 year-old; Gordon and MacPhail Series Post 3 of 6: Glenlivet 15 year-old; Gordon and MacPhail Series Post 4 of 6: Ardmore 15 year-old. You can click on the link to read those posts and get more information about G&M.
I know the saying goes, I’ve saved the best for last but in this instance, that is not the case. I have not saved the best for last, as we have one more to go on this series and this G&M Bunnahabhain 9 year-old Cask Strength just happens to be my favorite out of the six I tasted.
Bunnahabhain is an Islay whisky established in 1881. The word Bunnahabhain (pronunciation break down is Boon-a-havn) is Gaelic meaning river mouth.
My first experience with Bunnahabhain was with their 18 year-old expression. The 18 year-old is a good whisky, but I found it to be forgettable. This G&M 9 year-old Cask Strength is far from forgettable. It is phenomenal!
Nose: peat smoke, oak and sweetness
Palate: heavily peated but there is a sweetness that comes from the sherry casks. There is a balance of peat and sweet.
Finish: smooth with a nice lingering burn
Although I didn’t quite love the 18 year-old, this one I did and I highly recommend trying. It will not disappoint. It is balanced, peaty and extremely tasty. My boyfriend and I loved it so much that we ended up purchasing a bottle, which came out to be around $90. On a night out we also spotted it on a whisky menu and you better believe we ordered a dram of it. It is simply, delicious!
Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.