This is the newer 25 year expression from Bunnahabhain that’s non-chill filtered and bottled at 46.3% ABV (up from 43%).
Nose: Very thick sherry with heavy brown sugar and raisins – floor polish, old rubber balls, wet slate, and lemon zest.
Palate: Smoky malt with tons of sherry again – bitter cocoa, musty oak, and brown sugar. I figured some peat would come through, but as far as I can tell so far, there is zero peat involved with this expression based on nose/palate.
Finish: Astringent oak with dry sherry and a hint of chocolate.
Rating: 85/100 – Good, but tame – glad they raised the proof from the old release, but would love to try this at cask strength.
Value for the money: These vary quite a bit, but I see them around $300 retail frequently, and it’s an easy pass at that price. I wouldn’t pay more than $150 for a bottle.