SMWS 10.173 Selkie caviar

Posted 04 July 2019 by Matt / In Bunnahabhain
The Dramble reviews SMWS 10.173 Selkie caviar

Bottle Name: 10.173 Selkie caviar

ABV: 60.4%
Distillery: Bunnahabhain
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Flavour Profile: Oily & coastal
Region: Islay Age: 8

Oily & Coastal Bunna – 6 years in a refill ex-bourbon hogshead and then two years in a heavily toasted, medium char hogshead. View on SMWS

Nose: Scones, oats and breakfast cereals are drizzled with plenty of honey and served with a side of warmed pastry. Supporting –  salt seasoning and barnyard haylofts alongside machine oils and charred oak. Reduction adds honeysuckle florals and assortment of buns and croissants and a dollop of axle grease.

Taste: Much more coastal - rocky outcroppings, pebbles and shingle with tart grapefruit segments, toasted bread and oatmeal. The development adds machine oil and buttered bread and mint oil. Water softens things up with apples and peaches whilst adding some paracetamol chalkiness.

Finish: Medium with menthol, salt and flinty rocks.

A solid mineral Bunnahabhain with a nice sweet pastry/breakfast aspect. Uncomplicated, unfussy and to my mind more characterful and precise when enjoyed at its natural 60.4% ABV.

Score: 84/100


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