Sultanas, caramel and toffee…
Bunnahabhain Feis Ile 2022 Abhainn Araig Bourbon And PX Sherry Casks
Feis Ile, the annual celebration of all things to do with Islay. Especially single malt whisky. And it’s a huge festival.
As part of the festival, the distilleries like to release a special Feis Ile bottling. But traditionally, you have to be on the island on the day to get hold of it.
Bunnahabhain, in their infinite wisdom have release a little bit into the general trade. I feel lucky.
Thiss 2022 release Abhainn Araig or Araig River, is a an un-peated, ex Bourbon, PX sherry octave cask matured malt of an unknown age. And at cask strength.
From WordsOfWhisky, “And we’re off with sultanas, caramel and toffee, but the arrival is a combination of walnuts, charred oak and intense spices. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than expected. Finish: Some chocolate, cumin and coffee grounds, as well as lingering oak spices and an alcoholic touch”.
Official notes read, “A velvety rich texture , initially creamy milk chocolate then sweet raisins and dried raspberries.
As the PX develops balsamic vinegar and honeyed macadamias come through. Deep and rich, with dark toffee and a final spicy burst of cinnamon”.