The Rare Casks by Abbey Whisky - Exclusive Limited Edition Release
The 2nd release in ‘The Rare Casks’ series by Abbey Whisky has arrived and it’s only right that we follow up the success of the 1st release with something exceptional and equally special. Casks from Islay have been like gold dust of late but we’ve managed to get our hands on a lovely smooth, peated Bunnahabhain from the magical Isle.
Bunnahabhain 23 Year Old / 1989 / 2013 - Only £79.95 - 96 Bottles Produced
Distilled in 1989, this special malt was aged in a refill bourbon barrel for 23 years before being bottled at natural cask strength of 44% vol. As with the 1st release only 96 bottles have been filled and made available for this limited edition release. As with all our bottlings, this Islay single malt Scotch whisky has been bottled in its natural form, at full cask strength, without chill filtering or colour additives.
There’s a wonderful nose on this peated Bunnahabhain. Smooth liquorice flavour, followed by a combination of white pepper, smokey vanilla & warm soft spices. Marzipan lingers along with more prominent grapefruit zest and citrus flavours. Fresh with a peaty depth reminiscent of the sea air on Islay.
Smooth peaty flavours coat your taste buds and the marzipan returns softer with hints of pepper, citrus, floral notes and a soft smokiness. There is a sweetness coming through as you draw air into your mouth, overly ripened apples, sweet scented smoke and salty sea air.
A wonderful dram (if we do say so ourselves). The natural cask strength of 44% is surprising given its age but once explored it reveals a delicate but perfectly balanced depth of flavour.
Warning! This is a very moreish, easy drinking dram that displays all the wonderful characteristics you would expect from a peated Islay malt whisky.
Click here to Purchase Bunnahabhain 1989 / 23 Year Old - The Rare Casks, Release 2
Caperdonich 17 Year Old / 1995 / 2012 - only £59.50 - 96 Bottles Produced
Our inaugural release in The Rare Casks Series is this beautiful Caperdonich
17 year old, distilled in 1995...
The 1st release in 'The Rare Casks' series by Abbey Whisky is this magnificent Caperdonich 17 year old single malt Scotch whisky. This limited edition release was distilled in 1995 and left to rest for 17 years before being bottled in 2012 with only 96 bottles filled.
The nose on this Caperdonich 17 year old seems quite simple at first with the initial hit of sweet oak and vanilla. Leave it for a few moments and the tropical fruit & sweet peppery notes lift from the glass to the nose getting more complex and developed with every nose. Banana, vanilla & spiced pepper followed by a lingering of sweet pepper chilli & oak at the back of the nose.
Palate: When tasting, give yourself a good mouthful of this dram, swirl it all around your mouth for the full 17 seconds. Wow, the result, a full coating of creamy, spicy pepper notes all around the mouth, softens off gradually showing its sweet oak, vanilla flavours once again.
Finish: The finish leaves your mouth with warm, spicy notes with sweeter flavours to follow.
Overall: A dram that leaves you wanting for more.