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Bunnahabhain 40 Year Old

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Bunnahabhain 40 Year Old Scotch is the product of a lucky discovery


A rarity from the mystical land of Islay, Scotland, this 40-year-old spirit is bottled from long-forgotten casks. The Scotch casks were originally filled for Glasgow spirits merchants J.G. Turney & Son back in the 1960s, but they were never delivered. A few barrels were recently discovered with only enough whisky to fill 750 bottles, so this expression of Bunnahabhain will not be seen again. Bunnahabhain's trademark fruitiness still wafts from the nose with light Islay peat and a balanced, soft smokiness. The complexity of this Scotch belies its age as it has strengthened and the aromatics blossomed. Tangerine peel and orange zest along with a tropical potpourri of mango, banana, guava, pineapple on a bed of vanilla bean and macadamia nuts converge on both the nose and palate. If only humans could age as gracefully as this superb single malt.

Price: $3,000

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