This is a 33 year Bunnahabhain that was matured in a sherry butt and bottled at 45.6% ABV.
Nose: Cinnamon candies with a heavily spiced sherry. Powerful oak topped with sour cherries. Fairly closed off overall for something that should be so rich after maturing in a sherry butt so long.
Palate: Muted sherry with heavy clay and fresh earth notes. Musty oak is quite subtle despite age – still finding this one slightly dull overall.
Finish: Sour oak lingers as the sherry notes fall off quickly.
Rating: 81/100 – This sherry butt must have been either on its last legs as a refill cask or just a bad cask to begin with. This isn’t a bad dram, but for being sherry matured for 33 years, I find it quite lackluster.
Value for the money: I bought into a bottle split at about a $300 bottle valuation, and I wouldn’t pay that for a bottle. I think this should be sub $200.