The Elements of Islay are a range of iconic, small-batch, expertly sourced, independently bottled whiskies. The Limited-Edition range consists of single-malt bottlings from individual Islay distilleries identified with periodic symbols and batch numbers (Lp1, Ar2, and so on). They are bottled either as single casks or as small batches of between 3 and 20 carefully selected casks. These expressions celebrate the distilleries individual character while presenting a balanced and characterful whisky bottled at full proof.
A marriage of casks of peated spirit distilled in 2013 and 2015 and aged from five to seven years in a combination of American oak and ex-sherry hogsheads, this eighth bottling of Bunnahabhain boasts fruity, savoury and peppery notes with a hint of bitter chocolate. Only 1896 bottles produced.
Nose - Dark orange chocolate, under-sugared peach jam and shredded lemon verbena. Rounded out by nutty, mature cheddar.
Palate - Smoked paprika and cumin spice marries with tart sweetness, apple drops and slightly burnt pear upside-down-cake. More pepperiness with crunchy ginger-nut biscuits and a drop of star anise oil.
Finish - Weathered leather, raw cacao nibs and the prickle of Pimento pepper, toned down with Danish butter cookies.