Next NAS for Travel Retail.
A few days ago Bunnahabhain Eirigh Na Greine flew to me from the Frankfurt Airport. One of the recent editions from the distillery, prepared specially for the Travel Retail. Presentation almost very good – natural color, unchillfiltered and 46.3%. It is a pity that this is NAS (no age statement), though I think we have to get used to.
Eirigh Na Greine means morning sky in Gaelic. To compose this single malt distillery used, among others, distilates matured in red wine casks from France and Italy.
N: begins quite alcoholic, sharp, peppery, after a moment turns into a slightly grainy – such are the basic tones of whisky. Only in the background and after searching I have nuts, peanuts, and further, dried plums. Still a little irritating nostrils. Right next fresh wooden scraps are falling wood with some pencils. Deeper in the background there are red fruits, cherries maybe … This is all topped with the salty sea air, with a hint of smoke. Unfortunately, all the time I fell raw alcohol.
T: quite raw and very warming, peppery, sparking in the mouth. After a while fruits are coming, rather unripe: oranges, tangerines and nectarines, traces of grapefruit. Here and there I sense wood tones and bitterness.
F: rather long with ginger.
Bunnahabhain Eirigh Na Greine is interesting and probably with the potential if would mature a little longer. There are the beginnings of intriguing flavors and aromas, with the exception that they has not yet mature enough. In the smell all the time alcohol irritation persists, as the taste is quite hot, it features a young distillate. I added a few drops of water, the smell became sweeter with Bebe biscuits, even slightly buttery, the taste in turn softened, but did not reveal new accents, beyond strengthening bitterness.
I definitely prefer Bunnahabhain 12 years old.