|Alistair Walker Whisky Company
|Pedro Ximénez Puncheon
|In Original Container
Bunnahabhain 9 Years Old Staoisha: A Rare Discovery from Infrequent Flyers Cask 800076
In the world of whisky, few experiences are as thrilling as discovering a hidden gem from an independent bottler. These bottlers are often on a quest to unearth unique casks from renowned distilleries, offering aficionados the chance to savor expressions that may never see an official distillery release. One such treasure is the Bunnahabhain 9 Years Old Staoisha, Cask 800076, a powerful and robust whisky distilled on October 28, 2013, and bottled in May 2023 by the esteemed Alistair Walker Whisky Company as part of their highly anticipated Infrequent Flyers Series. Let's embark on a journey to uncover the essence of this exceptional release.
Alistair Walker Whisky Company
The Alistair Walker Whisky Company is synonymous with quality and devotion in the world of Scotch whisky. Founded by Alistair Walker himself, the company is committed to seeking out exceptional casks and sharing them with whisky enthusiasts worldwide. The Infrequent Flyers Series is a testament to their dedication to showcasing unique and rare expressions from various distilleries, making it a must-follow series for whisky enthusiasts.
Nestled on the shores of the Islay region, the Bunnahabhain Distillery is renowned for its distinctive style of whisky. Established in 1881, it has a rich history of crafting whisky with a maritime influence, offering a perfect balance of peat, sweetness, and complexity. The Bunnahabhain 9 Years Old Staoisha, Cask 800076, showcases a different side of the distillery, characterized by its robust peatiness.
Pedro Ximénez Puncheon Maturation
What sets this Bunnahabhain expression apart is its unique maturation process. The whisky spent its entire aging period in a Pedro Ximénez (PX) Puncheon. PX casks are famous for imparting rich, sweet, and fruity flavors to whisky. In this case, Cask 800076 has been the vessel for crafting a whisky of exceptional depth and complexity, harmonizing the smoky essence of Islay with the lush sweetness of PX.
The Bunnahabhain 9 Years Old Staoisha, Cask 800076, greets the eye with a warm and inviting amber hue. Upon nosing, you are met with an array of intriguing aromas. The peat smoke dances alongside notes of dried fruits, dark chocolate, and a hint of sea spray. The palate is a symphony of flavors, as the peat smoke takes center stage, accompanied by sweet sherry influences. You'll experience rich toffee, charred oak, and a gentle spiciness. The bottling strength of 55.7% ABV enhances the intensity of these flavors, making each sip an unforgettable experience. The finish is long and smoky, with a lingering sweetness that invites another taste.
The Bunnahabhain 9 Years Old Staoisha, Cask 800076, is a highly limited release, with just 691 bottles available worldwide. This rarity elevates its appeal, making it a prized possession for collectors and whisky enthusiasts alike. Each bottle represents the culmination of careful cask selection and the art of maturation.
The Bunnahabhain 9 Years Old Staoisha, Cask 800076, is a prime example of what independent bottlers can uncover in their quest for exceptional whisky. Alistair Walker Whisky Company has discovered a true gem, allowing us to savor the distinctive character of this Bunnahabhain expression. Its journey from distillation in 2013 to its limited release in 2023 has been a labor of love, resulting in a whisky that captivates the senses with its peaty depth, rich sweetness, and uniqueness. If you have the opportunity to acquire a bottle of this rare release, consider yourself fortunate, as you'll be embarking on a remarkable voyage through the world of fine Scotch whisky, guided by the skilled hands of independent bottlers and the storied heritage of Bunnahabhain Distillery.