Bunnahabhain Darach Ur is most definitely one of The Odd Couple, when it comes to whisky from Islay. The Darach Ur, which is Gaelic for New Oak, is there. But it is reasonably smooth.
Overall, this un-peaty dram from Islay is a nice whisky. The oaky nose being the best part. This unlike-Islay character is not too complicated – a smooth operator with a spicy touch.
Nose: Stingy at first with notes of the fresh new wood. Gets very smooth and nutty after the stingy first impression. Nice hints of toffee and walnuts.
Taste: Creamy palate – caramel with salt and pepper. Coffee with nuts.
Finish: Warming nice and long finish. Wee too spicy for my taste but it doesn’t ruin the overall goodness of Bunnahabhain Darach Ur Batch 1.
Balance: Good mix of smooth caramel and spicy character. Nuts and new oak complete the palate well. Nice job from Bunnahabhain.
Colour: Pale Straw
Nose: 21 | Taste: 20 | Finish: 20 | Balance: 20
Overall score: 81