Review #998 – Bunnahabhain Moine Bordeaux 2008

Review #998 | Scotch Review #335 – Bunnahabhain Moine Bordeaux

The Schtick: This is a release from Bunnahabhain that is heavily peated 2008 distillate that is matured in Bordeaux wine casks. It is bottled at cask strength with no coloring or filtering.

“Bunnahabhain Distillery sits on one of the most remote corners of the island, nestled into the bay right on the Sound of Islay. Despite our remote location, we never stop searching the world for the perfect casks to complement our Single Malt Limited Editions, and for this 2008 Mòine Bordeaux Red Wine edition, we have found something truly special.

Although the original non-peated Islay malt, Bunnahabhain has become well known for its Mòine, (meaning ‘peated’ in Scots Gaelic) variants in recent years. For the first time in the distillery’s history, our peated spirit has been fully matured in premium red wine casks from Bordeaux in France. These casks have been maturing, protected from the elements in our coastal warehouses, for just under ten years, before being bottled in early 2018.

The result is a unique and stunning array of rich grape, toffee and peppery smoke notes, with a long and warming fruity finish. Sit back and savour.” – Bunnahabhain

So we have a cask strength, peated, red wine cask matured Bunna on our hands here. Let’s dive in.


Distiller: Bunnahabhain

Bottler: Bunnahabhain

ABV: 58.1% ABV

Age: 9 Years

Distilled: 12/18/2008

Bottled: 2/26/2018


Nose: Pungent right out of the gate. Vegetal, moist, damp mossy earthy peat. Huge and overpowering. Light vanilla. Light stewed fruits.

Taste: Medium mouth feel. Peat steps back here. Plums, figs and rich honey abound. Lightly nutty, faint cocoa. Lots of pepper, light tobacco, more minerality and then a big punch of minerality and ashy smoke.

Finish: Long, rich and sweet. Smoke takes back over, crushing that palate sweetness and delivering a long, ashy, woody, vegetal peat slap. Faint minerality. Some soap stone.

Overall: This is nice, but really disjointed in my opinion. It’s good, but I was hoping for a lot more complexity in the typical war between peat and wine. The nose was ok, the palate was phenomenal and the finish wasn’t half bad. That puts me in a weird spot. Over the course of a bottle, though, I noticed the palate grew more vibrant, so let’s give this the benefit of the doubt. I’d buy another.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 6


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