Age Statement: 10 years old
Extra info: Cask # 948, one of 636 bottles
Adelphi is one of those independent bottlers of which a lot of people say that ‘they only make good stuff’. I somehow doubt that’s really the case, but to be fair; I have yet to try a bad one from them. This particular whisky is an unpeated Bunnahabhain at 10 years old, fully matured in a first fill sherry cask. Judging by the color it was a very active cask; a beautiful dark, deep color here. Not the cheapest of whiskies though; at more than €80 this is quite steep for a 10 year old. However, Adelphi stands for quality and is a bit ‘elitist’, which I mean in a good way. Let’s see if they deliver here.
Nose: Tobacco, salted caramel, treacle, dark chocolate, toffee, roasted nuts. This is a massively heavy nose. More tobacco and a sweet-salty combination that reminds me of soya sauce (!). Liquorice, the salty kind. Heavy sherry, obviously. Thick tea; lapsang souchon.
Taste: Thick sherry and sea salt. Wet tree bark, lapsang souchon again and sweet tobacco, like a vanilla cigar. Bacon drenched in maple syrup and even beef jerky. A rubbery note too and some sulphur. Bitterness of liquorice with some nutmeg or bay leaf. Dark, dark, dark chocolate and caramel.
Finish: The sherry remains a huge presence together with that soya sauce-like quality. Thick tea, tobacco and chocolate. Maybe some blackberries or dates in the background, albeit very faint.
Overall: A very active cask indeed. Ten years of age and so full of flavour and complexity, this is very impressive. I found it hard to find any fruits at all; this is a ‘rougher’ whisky, fitting in the meaty, deep, heavy flavour camp. Nothing much refreshing about this, but a mastodont of a dram it is.
4 stars (86-90 range)