I have a small club that meets every couple of months, and I'm always looking to share something interesting with them. The theme this time was Island whisky. I've been interested in non-chill filtered whisky lately, and wanted to do a side-by-side comparison of the old and new Bunnahabhain. It's been two or three years, since the new stuff came out, so it's getting hard to find. I was getting a shipment in from the UK, so I tacked on a bottle of the old style 12-year.
The group had had this before, and liked it, so I was looking forward to their reaction. Unfortunately, the whisky was not good. It had a strong taste of lighter fluid (like charcoal starter). Previously, the only whisky I got this flavor from was the younger sherried Macallans, but it was never very strong. Very disappointing, not only for having spent the money on it, but for the group's missing out on a direct comparison.
So does anyone know the flavor I'm talking about? And does anyone have any idea where it comes from? Considering the whiskies I've tasted it in, I'd guess it comes from sherry barrels.
Incidentally, we also had a bottle of HP15 that was corked.