I was visiting one of my favorite candy stores (if you know what I mean) in San Francisco as cases of Bunnahabhain 2008 Manzanilla Cask Matured were in standing in the middle of the store waiting to be labeled. Without knowing the price, I got one bottle, checked out and tried not to look at the price. I was so curious about this Manzanilla Cask matured Bunna.
What Is So Special About It?
This Bunnahabhain spent its entire life span (11 years) in Manzanilla Sherry casks. It was distilled on July 2nd 2008 and distilled in May 2020.
I love to try when Bunnahabhain releases whiskies that are aged entirely in an unusual cask. I will also review a Bunnahabhain 14 PX Cask which was stellar!
It is so interesting that one of the least performers on my Whisky Reviews is another Bunna!
How Does It Taste
The nose starts with damp earth, tobacco cologne, raisins. underlying sulphury notes with sultanas. A whiff of sea breeze with violets, orange twist and vanilla. Rich, complex and needs time to understand it. This is not a nose for fast consumption. Take your time.
The palate is creamy and dry. Prunes, roasted malt, dates, sunflower seeds with a typical Sherry dryness and savoriness.
The finish has salted caramel, dark chocolate with spices, cashew nuts and oak. It has substantial bitterness with traces of juicy Sherry.
Worth Paying $200?
I don't regret it at all. This one was exceptional. The complexity is at another level. However, it might taste odd for those who are not familiar with different styles of Sherry. Manzanilla cask influence is a lot, but that is what I was looking for.
An intense sherried experience sea breeze, giving you a luxurious trip to a rustic Islay warehouse.
This is certainly a whisky to sit down and enjoy when you have time. Read a book, watch a good documentary or listen to a vinyl record.
One of the best things happened in 2020.