Occasionally the New Hampshire State Liquor stores ridiculously under-price a Scotch. My theory is that someone on the liquor commission has Scotch-drinking friends and hooks them up, since usually these are "one-time buys" that are in stock for only a few weeks. Of course, since I regularly monitor the store's offerings, I get hooked up too. One such stroke of fortune was the Bunny 18, which wine searcher shows at averaging around $100 but which the NH stores briefly sold for $65.
The color and nose both suggest rich, deep sherry and oak. The sherry and oak are in good balance, and the nose is like what I imagine chewing on an old sherry cask is like. Bunnahabhain 18 is a nice progression from the delightful 12-year-old expression, with the same core character of spicy ocean-tinged sherry. As one would expect, the 18-year-old is richer and heavier on the sherry and wood, whereas the 12-year-old is livelier and heavier on the ocean character. The finish is woody and pleasant, though slightly bitter from the oak. Overall a very "old" feeling Scotch.
I gave Oban 18 a few extra points for what I thought was a unique mix of sea with antiquey wood and sherry. Now I want to take those points back and award them to Bunnahabhain 18, which does the same thing but in a richer, bigger way. 94 points (A).
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