The 2008 release of Toiteach (Gaelic for “smoky”) caused a little sensation.
Bunnahabhain Distillery, famous for fresh, nutty, salty but hardly peated whisky suddenly showed its other face (Dr. Jekyll introduced Mr. Hyde). Toiteach was a distillery’s first heavily peated expression added to the core range. The whisky was distilled from malt with concentration of phenols of 38 ppm, carries no age statement; it was aged mainly in ex-bourbon casks, yet there is a little sherry influence there as well.
Nose: medicinal, peat smoke, charred oak, hints of fruit and spice.
Palate: earthy, smoky, peat, black pepper, orchard fruits, grapefruit, caramel and honey.
Finish: medium long, warming, initially sweet, soon becoming smoky, salty and woody.