Wemyss “Blowing on a Sea Breeze” – Bunnahabhain 1990
Non chill filtered
No added colouring
£114.52 available from Master of Malt
First sniff is full of tropical fruits. Pineapple, banana, guava, all deliciously ripe and juicy. There is a juicy fruit chewing gum remembrance also. The backing is that of some sea salt in warm waters. With some time in the glass more ozone notes become evident, with some softening to the original fruitiness, making things rounder. There’s some furniture polish, a slight touch of acetone, light vanilla ice cream, a real creamy, luxury about the whole experience. It’s one to really get your nose in the glass and the eyes roll back with absolute delight. More time and a waxier nature to the fruits is revealed.
Immediately full flavoured and bursting with sweet fruit. Pineapple, orange, sweet lemon. Then comes a tingling tang of acidity (sour apple sweeties) and some salt, this subsides to bring further rich, waxy fruit bursts, some light toffee and rich vanilla custard. Immensely chewable. The mouthfeel is awesome, very coating and makes the whole experience luxurious. Lovely balance and just so drinkable.
This long finish goes through waves. Fruits diminish quite quickly leaving behind some salt water, then a subtle dry toffee, then some drier sea air on the exhale, finally a warming, satisfaction of leftover fruits.
I really don’t want to add water, so I will only add a drop. The nose has a softer fruit with a touch of added floral, the waxiness is slightly muted now. The palate retains its fruit/zing/fruit experience, now with added toffee sweetness and a slightly weaker mouthfeel. The finish has more of a steady nature, still great stuff, but this dram DOES NOT need water.
Fabulous stuff. I really love this. Reminds me of an old Clynelish, but has enough to stand on its own two feet. Loads of gloriously old and tasty fruits. Do not water it though. This is a reward, plain and simple. For crappy days weathered and celebrating the happy times. Lovely.
Many thanks to Wemyss for the review sample