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Bunnahabhain Eirigh Na Greine 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 single malt has no age statement (NAS) and it was originally released for travel retail market as limited edition. A portion of this single malt was matured in Italian and French red wine casks. Another portion most likely in sherry casks since Bunnahabhain usually uses ex-sherry casks.
Bottled un-chill filtered with natural colour at 46,3% alcohol by volume level. That sounds good, although NAS whiskies for travel retail are always a gamble. Apparently this expression replaces Darach Ur.
Fear of low quality NAS whisky didn’t become reality
Eirigh Na Greine means “Morning Sky” in Gaelic, “like the morning sky this whisky glows amber gold” in your whisky glass. Released for travel retail market, no age statement and a Gaelic name. For whisky aficionados it usually means trouble as in low quality or unmatured whisky with a fancy marketing name and story.
But I’m glad to admit, Bunnahabhain didn’t claim those expectations. Fortunately they didn’t deliver the biggest fear of an whisky enthusiast which is low quality whisky from a top distillery.
Although there is room for improvement, this Bunnahabhain manages to be almost at the same level as their 12 year old single malt, which probably is the benchmark for most people.