... from the series of NAS for Travel Retail.
After Bunnahabhain Eirigh Na Greine today another single malt from the same distillery, also the NAS for the Travel Retail – Bunnahabhain Darach Ur. What is very positive that producer bottles whisky in natural color, unchillfiltered and higher alcohol content, 46.3% ABV.
Darach Ur means new oak in Gaelic, that name was given due to the fact that distillate was aged in new barrels made from American oak, in Bradstown in Kentucky. Aging whisky in these kind barrels is also increasingly appearing practice. This causes a greater impact of wood on alcohol in a shorter period of time. Every such whisky is characterized by a high degree of bitterness and ginger. I already described on the blog a few such single malts for example: The Isle of Jura 1995 Boutique Barrels Bourbon JO Cask finish, or Glenfiddich Rich Oak. I quite liked them, let’s see how it will go with Bunnahabhain Darach Ur.
C: light amber;
N: I am in the bakery, I feel kvass, wet bread, then a pinch of white pepper, gently tingles in the nostrils, immature orange, orange peel, nectarine, lime, traces of wood, maybe a little smoke and burnt sugar, something like cotton candy, after a drop of water it becomes sweeter with traces of hard candy, pineapple, it is quite fresh;
T: certainly nicely sparkles on the tongue, it is quite intense, I have caramel, vanilla, oranges, grapefruit and the increasing bitterness with traces of wood, also in taste after adding water whisky became sweeter, pineapple also arrived;
F: medium length to long, dry, with grapefruit and bitterness.
Interesting whisky, like Eirigh Na Greine, this is also NAS, but guarantees more pleasurable sensations. Influence of wood is definitely bigger here, this is due to aging in new wood. Typical for fresh wood bitterness is obviously present. You can add a few drops of water to soften the liquid.