Spring Spirits: Bunnahabhain and Deanston Distilleries

Spirits aren’t just for cocktails this spring. For those of you who like to sip and savor some spirits after a long day like I do then you have two new ones to try! Recently Dr. Kirstie MacCallum, Global Brand Ambassador of Bunnahabhain and Deanston Distilleries. One is a Cognac and the other a Single Malt, These

Deanston_18Cognac_bsDEANSTON 18 YEAR-OLD COGNAC is the distillery’s first-ever cognac inspired bottling which will be available only in the United States.  Deanston 18 Year Old Cognac-matured Single Malt Scotch Whisky is a result of, Ian MacMillan, Deanston’s Master Distiller, embarking on one of his most ambitious experiments of the last 30 years.  A small batch production, only 2,640 bottles will be released.

My thoughts: I really enjoyed this one! It was complex, spicy, and one I would want a snifter of paired a nice cigar outside on a warm spring or summer evening. 

bunnahabhain-cec3b2banachBUNNAHABHAIN ISLAY SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY – CEÒBANACH is not only slightly hard to pronounce, but is also a new limited release expression inspired by life in Islay in the 1800s.  Carefully crafted and specially taken care of by Ian MacMillan, Master Distiller. A small batch production, 4,200 bottles are dedicated to the U.S. market.

My thoughts: The word CEÒBANACH means “smoky mist” and thats what this one certainly reminds you of. It’s Peaty, has some salinity, smoke notes, and a smooth bourbon like finish. 

Sip some spirits this spring and summer. Get some friends together, go in on a few bottles, whip up some pairings (coming soon in the pairings section), and taste for yourself… it’s the best way to learn and have fun!

About Sara Lehman

Sommelier, Private Chef, & Food and Wine Pairing Expert in NYC! Sara is a Wine Writer, Wine Ambassador, and Wine Consultant specializing in pairings, parties, entertaining and education.

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