Country: Scotland – Islay Disillery: Bunnahabhain Type: Single Malt Age: NAS Cask: Oak and Italian&French Wine Casks ABV: 46.3% Proof: 92.6 Price: $65
Nose: Flower notes with waxed candies. After airing leather and almond notes can be felt. Palate: This one has a creamy texture with vanilla powder, white flowers, malt and tropical fruits. Medium bodied and easy to drink. Finish: Spice is dominant, a little bit of earthy and sugary traces are felt.
Bunnahabhain Eirigh Na Greine is a retail travel from Bunnahabhain. I was so excited to buy this from Istanbul Airport Duty Free at the time after reading about the Italian and French cask influence on it. I can be a sucker for some good Italian and French wine if you don’t know it already.
Eirigh Na Greine means ‘Morning Sky’ in Gaelic, which is always fun to dream of but my impression of the whisky pushed me off from the Islay distillery for a while. I honestly wanted to delete the impression this whisky gave me and went on tasting Highland whiskies for the next weeks.
This whisky offers flavors and aromas. For sure those barrel maturations played some role in the quality of whisky however there was no good balance, not a distinct character. Just a whisky that was offered to airport passengers who would be interested in taking a bottle with them from Islay with a classy Gaelic name.
An upside of Bunnahabhain Eirigh Na Greine is, it is really easy to drink. However, I could find no complexity in it. Not worth the $65 price tag at all. I can see WhiskyNotes.be also sharing my idea. There are so many amazing Islay whiskies you can choose from. So don’t bother with this.