Review: Duncan Taylor “NC2″ Bunnahabhain 12 yr. old
Not Chill-filtered and Not artificially Colored: that’s where the NC2 comes from.
This peated Bunnahabhain is a good one from the new group of releases, but it’s not my favorite of the bunch. (Stay tuned for more reviews.) Still, these new smoky Bunnies are popular (because they normally aren’t smoky), so I wanted to post up a review.
Duncan Taylor (distilled at Bunnahabhain), 1997 vintage, 12 year old, 46%, $88
More mature peated Bunnahabhain Islay whiskies are emerging (like this one). Indeed, tarry, peat ash notes are throughout this one, (especially on the finish!), along with nutty toffee, nougat, smoked olive, glazed ginger, and candied lime. Pretty even-keeled throughout, and not as medicinal and aggressive as its cousins on the southern end of the island. The smoke and layered sweet notes balance nicely. If you’re looking to ease your way into smoky Islay whiskies, this would be a good start.
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 85