Bunnahabhain An Cladach single malt whisky comes from the region of Islay, known for its famous smoky peated malt whiskies. Yet Bunnahabhain distillery is the one that’s most known for its non-peated whiskies.
This expression is yet again, another release for travel retail market, a sherry-driven expression like Bunnahabhains tend to be.
An Cladach means “The Shore” in Scots Gaelic, referencing distillery’s location on the north-east coast of Islay.
Lots of acronyms there I know, let me explain them:
At first, I was excited to discover An Cladach’s been bottled 50% alcohol by volume. That’s something that travel retail expressions (TRE) rarely do. Usually being lighter, which is one of the reasons why TREs aren’t highly appreciated by whisky enthusiasts.
They’re usually non-age stated (NAS) too, which isn’t a good sign when mass matured in big barrels. Although NAS is not always a bad thing, with high ABV for example. Or with smaller casks or rapid maturing condititions.
So unsurprisingly, this TRE is NAS, but surprisingly, it’s ABV is 50%. Matured in sherry casks.
With those specifications what’s most surprising: this Bunnahabhain is quite mellow!
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