Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Bunnahabhain Eirigh Na Greine Review

Hi everyone,

It’s no big secret from my previous posts, that Bunnahabhain is my least favourite Islay whisky. Something about it doesn’t click for me. I can never get far away from a harshness in the spirit. So far, the 12 year old is the one I’ve enjoyed the most I think. No. Hold on, I’m wrong. Really enjoyed the 25 too.

But. I’m always up for trying more and people have talked about a red wine matured Bunna with an unpronounceable name that is meant to be good. So I tried it and here we are…

I think this is a travel retail exclusive and if you’ve had a look in a travel retail shop lately, you’ll know that 99% of it is garbage. So it’s refreshing to see something that’s not coloured or chill filtered, even if this one is NAS.

Bunnahabhain Eirigh Na Greine 46.3%
Colour: Amber
Body: Medium/Full
Nose: Pastry and vanilla comes first, then coastal and sweeter notes, sea salt, nutty and oily, walnut, oils, dried fruit, dried sultana and currents, black pepper. Nice complex nose.
Taste: Rich and oily. Fruit driven with lots of raisin then the red wine comes through with dry oak, slightly harsh fiery spirit in the development. Spicy as well with a big peppery note- Ginger and cracked black pepper.
Finish: Long length. More black pepper and nuttiness, some alcohol but chewy and mouth coating.
Partially matured in red wine casks. The nutty notes are lovely in this. Perhaps not my thing, but if you like Bunna then you’ll love it. Undeniably Bunna.
70/100

Thanks for reading!

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Network Average: 74.5
Best Score: 92
Worst Score: 44
0-49 Terrible
50-59 Bad
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
70-74 Good
75-79 Very Good
80-84 Excellent
85-89 Superb
90+ Magnificent

Full Disclosure Disclaimer: I currently work as a Brand Ambassador for Penderyn Distillery. The views expressed here are purely my own and do not reflect the views of Penderyn Distillery or The Welsh Whisky Company. I try to maintain as much objectivity as I can but feel free to take my reviews with as big a pinch of salt as you like. Furthermore, my rating scale is NOT based on a Parker type wine scoring scale or a school/college/university % or A-F grade score. You can find more on my scoring here. I apologise for any seemly low or 'bad' scores given with my system and am sorry I can't say only nice things. Please keep in mind that I am ethically compromised and am unable to produce 100% unbiased reviews.

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