In 1997, peat made its grand return to Bunnahabhain under the impetus of Ian MacMillan, Master Blender for Burn Stewart. Baptised Moine, which means “peat” in Gaelic, a first version bottled at cask strength was launched on the market in 2009. Infinitely “Islay”, at just 8 years old, the Moine in our Creation Catalogue reproduces with enthusiasm and freshness all of the elements for which the single malts of this mythical island are renowned. If we had to sum it up in just one word, it would without a doubt be “gamy”.
Original in many aspects, it also enjoys venturing where least expected in order to highlight its generous and carefree personality.
Region: Islay, Scotland
The unctuous first nose is malty, peaty and ashy. It is also meaty (bacon) and oily (olive). Allowed to breathe, camphor and iodine tincture add a medicinal touch. At this point, the aromatic palette brings mezcal to mind. The concentrated attack is fruity (pear, peach) and peaty. The spiritual (papier d’Arménie, incense) mid-palate is peppered with barley grains. Full of imagery, the finish evokes the crackle of logs in a hearth-fire. Blood orange then floods every part of the palate with its tangy juice. The retro-nasal olfaction is covered in a thick veil of smoke.
ABV 48% | Volume 70cl
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