Thursday, February 14, 2013

Review: Bunnahabhain Toiteach

Bunnahabhain Toiteach
Price: $80-$90
Strength: 46%

Bunnahabhain is the self-described "gentle" whisky of Islay, so the peated Toiteach (meaning smoky) is a big departure for the distillery.  The label intimates a light peat by inquiring: "What if a touch of smoke from our peated malted barley was introduced in the distillation process?"

The result is no mere touch of smoke but a flat out peat monster.  Its not quite on the same level as the big Islay houses but is just a step below, about on par with Jura Prophecy.  Blind-folded, I would have guessed this is a Jura based on the peat style as well, which is buttery.  Unlike Prophecy though, Toiteach tastes pretty young with a basic sweet maltiness and a slight vegetal tinge on the palate.  The finish turns drier and ashy.  An enjoyable, straightforward dram, but not particularly engaging beyond the peat.  83 points (B-).

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