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Bunnahabhain unveils second 12YO whisky

Scotch whisky brand Bunnahabhain has introduced the second release of its 12-year-old cask strength expression.

The Scotch whisky is non-chill-filtered and rests at 56.6% ABV

The ‘most remote distillery’ on Islay has released the 2022 iteration of its 12-year-old limited edition whisky, which takes inspiration from the distillery’s Warehouse 9.

Master distiller Brendan McCarron said: “Not all whiskies work at cask strength and many don’t stand up to full maturation in Sherry casks but Bunnahabhain is different.

“This release really is Bunnahabhain in a bottle and gives people unable to make the trip to the distillery the chance to enjoy the Warehouse 9 experience wherever they may be.”

The whisky was distilled on the shorelines of northern Islay, and matured in first and second-fill oloroso Sherry casks.

Boasting notes of dried fruits and cinnamon spice, the spirit clocks in at 56.6% ABV.

The finish is said to be sweet and long with flavours of cocoa, cherries and a light sea spray.

McCarron added: “This second release is of course similar in many ways to the first, as we follow the same classic recipe of unpeated Islay spirit in oloroso.

“The latest expression is richer in sweet chocolate and red fruits on the nose and carries a spicier finish delivering bigger, richer and fuller flavours of oloroso Sherry that Bunnahabhain drinkers have come to know and love.”

The liquid is recommended served neat or with a few drops of water to encourage floral scents, followed by caramel and vanilla on the palate.

Bunnahabhain distillery is said to be world-renowned for its unpeated malts.

The non-chill-filtered bottling is available in Switzerland, the US, Australia, Taiwan, China, the UK, Bulgaria, Canada and Germany.

It retails for RRP £80 (US$90).

South African drinks group Distell is the owner of Bunnahabhain.

Last month it was revealed that South Africa’s Competition Commission approved Heineken’s takeover of Distell if it meets certain conditions. The acquisition would not include its Scotch whisky businesses.

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