Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Wemyss Malts (Wy)
Bottling serie
The Viceroy's Elixir
Calculated age
29 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
17 Oct 2017 6:54 pm by Black Widow
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 448.56

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118 × member ratings

161 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 1987 Wy

28 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.82 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The intense oak notes are still resting in the mouth. I have rarely had such an oak board in the glass, with sweet and sour fruits trying to penetrate the intense woody note, unfortunately without success. Granted, this Bunna is very idiosyncratic and unusual, but this bottling convinces me. The only negative is the recurrent sulfur note and yes, I absolutely do not like the taste of sulfur. Otherwise, I think this malt is very interesting and it is guaranteed not an easy drinking dram, but rather a lot of time and attention needed.
    • Nose
      The Bunnahabhain rests in the glass in a cloudy and deep russet brown color. After a short gift, an oily streak has formed on the upper edge of the glass from which dissolve a variety of small syrupy droplets and search their way back into the glass in slow motion. Dark and intense wood tones flow out of the glass and are already noticeable from afar, but this combination of optics and the first fragrance triggers my anticipation. Dark cherries and juicy blackberries mingle with the first nosing with tart and extremely spicy wood elements. After a few moments she is there ... I almost feared it already! A relatively strong sulfur note dissolves from the extremely wooden, yet fruity nose. Fortunately, the sulfur flavor is then from second to second less, but tannins and resinous wood flavors come to light. Tannins and sour berries or grapes are now more and more often. Dark forest honey mixes with blackcurrants, blackberries and morello cherries, a little dark caramel mixes with a hint of leather and sweet tobacco. I imagine, here and there, dark orange flavors and a little peach perceive. A fine eucalyptus note and fresh mint are discreetly in the background. The combination of bitter "dirty" oak and the repeatedly sparkling fruit note makes the nose particularly appealing. Unfortunately, the sulfur note always returns, which I feel negative in this case ...
    • Taste
      Tart and intense oak flavors dominate the first sip. Here and there fruity berries flash through the dominant oak note, unfortunately, the hate mine hated by me also shows ... The second sip looks then creamy and sour, again tannins and tannins are available. A subtle wooden sharpness lays over the tongue and warms the palate. Dry wood flavors mingle with old walnuts, fresh mint and eucalyptus slowly rise from the harsh and intense wood elements. Cold espresso mixes with extremely dark bittersweet chocolate, cherry and blackberry aroma stands out from the austere yet fruity blend.
    • Finish
      With bitter and partly dry wood elements, the taste goes slowly into the finish. Here too, of course, dominates the dark and intense oak note. Eucalyptus and mint often leave the harsh woody notes forgotten, from time to time ripe cherries and fruity blackberries also appear in the finish. As expected, the sulfur note is also reflected in the finish ... The oak flavors slowly sound and leave a wooden note with a stronger freshness. The eucalyptus-mint mixture lays at the end of the departure again to the right ...

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2018]  I bought this bottle to check a suspicion I entertain for quite some time:  Many (semi)professional whisky tasters like Serge at whiskyfun.com do not mention sulphury notes even for drams that are heavily spoiled with gunpowder or matchbox ignition area flavours.  Serge writes in his tasting note about this dram "a flinty touch. No sulphur whatsoever" so it seems as if he does not attribute flinty flavours (gunpowder and the like) to the sulphur category (But anyhow, these flavours come from burning sulphur sticks inside the sherry casks to prevent them from rotting).  Do not get me wrong:  Everyone is free to define sulphury tastes in his/her own way as there is no standardised flavours or aromas scheme (e.g., as is for colours).  But it is somehow striking that not just the whole whisky industry shuns to mention the bad "S" word but many outside tasters too.   This is very annoying for all the customers that do not like sulphury drams (like myself) as they are fooled by all these delicious tasting notes without having the chance to recognise "this is not my dram"...  To be honest:  I feel cheated this way!

    By the way - this Bunnahabhain is indeed heavily spoiled with sulphury aromas and flavours (gunpowder, burnt fireworks).  And it shows this disgusting "scurfy" mouthfeel that all sulphury drams own.  I do not like it at all despite a probably very fine sherry maturation underneath the sulphur.  But it is absolutely fine with me if others appreciate and adore such stuff and I thank god he made tastes such different!  I only request a fair chance to identify a sulphury dram in (semi)official tasting notes, dear Serge...
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      75 75

  3. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    at first bitchy, complex, strong, woody, peculiar, masculine - definitely too blatant for pups and wood allergies

    What I also miss the third Dram - he is not oily - the wine dominance, even if it is balanced and complex I am a little too little whisky contrary - there prevents me from a higher rating - the expensive-paid age shows restrained ,

    had to revalue him - after he was 1 year he is just awesome
    • Nose
      92 92
      Oh very peculiar - my first association is fresh seabuckthorn juice - dull-sourish-with a metallic twist (the blunt in the nose are probably tannins) - plus a slightly gawky subtle sulfur note with a hint - Pups, he has to stand something - to himself alone in a corner and without a lid, after 10 minutes, the sulfur is barely perceptible, the nose is creamy, the blunt almost disappears - what remains is a massive creamy oak - if you want to isolate it is dull again - at the same time there are ripe blackberries , Blackcurrants, especially yokeberries and Kerr Pullmoll dominate here, blueberries, raspberry pulp, juniper berries, overripe cherries, increasingly heats prunes, laurel, licorice - very dark tart fruit flavors and tannins which combine with sweetness and sweetness - the acid keeps flaming up again and again fresh on - it reminds me of red wine - leather and tobacco I hardly find here - oak meets red fruits - Both have fresh and very mature components
    • Taste
      91 91
      soft, sour - strong red fruit, with rising mint, cooling fresh and a board oak, as if ground oak in the glass and you can feel the particles on the tongue - complex spicy cherries, plums and beautiful tart chocolate notes - the fruitiness has beautiful spectrum does not quite reach the nose. I like the balance between the oak and the fruit - it is still very clear in taste as Bunna
    • Finish
      91 91
      Sweet - balmy - very dry - astringent delicately fruity with massive oak - rarely had so much oak in the mouth - spontaneously without direct comparison anymore, more brutal than in Glenfarclas 40 with 46%

  4. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Ne sorry, who finds that good, I can not help synonymous. This has nothing more to do only with dry oak or ash, that's pure disgust and Fehlnoten from the second 5-10 in the mouth to the end and it is not even more away, I would fill as a bad boy prank other and it is special Nasty, because he acts in the nose at least somehow still as if he could tie in the sulfur and is still pretty fruity when going on, but only for a few moments. 80P just for the start and a little nose.
    • Nose
      Pooh, understand the controversy surrounding the, dozens of old matches just extinguished, fireworks with Chinese shrubbers, dry cocoa powder behind, roasted chestnut and hazelnut, dry apricot and grapefruit vllt. yet, I do not think so much more about the sulfur
    • Taste
      In the beginning, surprisingly fruity, red apple, grapefruit, juicy blood orange, then BÄM, disgustingly bitter, dry coal, then only lazy eggs, dead cat and it does not stop, while I am in my group already insensitive to sulfur and fail grades!
    • Finish
      Does not go away, really had to help with water and toothpaste to get rid of the charcoal tablets, rotten eggs and anything else. Saving something like that can ruin a whole reputation for me, what'm going on here with my beloved Wemyss ?!

  5. Jack McClane scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Serge reviewed this Whisky in February 2018

    Bunnahabhain 1987/2017 ‘The Viceroy’s Elixir’ (46%, Wemyss Malts, butt, 579 bottles)

    Some extravagant sherry to be expected, according to the colour. Colour: very dark amber. Nose: full oloroso mode, with litres of walnut wine, prune juice, and quite frankly, some old Armagnac. Huge notes of pipe tobacco as well, chocolate, black toffee, and the obligatory fruitcake. In the background, a few winey touches, cassis, drops of old balsamic vinegar, an a flinty touch. No sulphur whatsoever, having said that. Mouth: totally old-school sherry, with wheelbarrows of black raisins and a camphory/mentholy side over it. A notch more Moscately on the palate, but that’s all fine, this is no savage fast finishing (as seen elsewhere). Almost forgot to mention these dried dates and figs, the kind of combo that almost always comes with proper sherry. Finish: long, a tad drier and more flinty. Some tobacco while the walnuts are back. Comments: we’ve known Glendronachs… (some Glendronach on WF soon, BTW).

    SGP:561 - 90 points.

  6. MrMarmelade scored this whisky 78 points Member Senior

    This one is an ugly sulphur bomb with lots of rotten wood - an absolutely no-go.

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    Yes I agree with hs305 this is sulphured and as I am sensitive to bitterness I cannot do anything else but score accordingly.
    You can smell it on the nose and taste it on the palate, it is not a killer but it is there.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      78 78

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 83 points Moderator

    Interesting profile but in the end trending too much to some sweaty socks and bitterness - I would definitely not buy the whole bottle
    • Nose
      Intense sherry wood, dried fruits, fresh rubber, hints of smoke and leather, just little sweetness
    • Taste
      Nutty, walnuts, oak wood, milk chocolate, coffee, hints of leather boots, just little fruitiness, spices, cloves
    • Finish
      Medium long, drying, some bitterness

  9. Reluktanzmotor scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Plums preserved in Madeira, black jasmine berries, marzipan, tobacco, leather, vanilla, red dark fruits (cherries), again sweet plum jam, a little licorice, no alcohol. Holla, that's a nice nose, like all the dark Glenrothes this year. Sulfur, which sulfur? At least I do not have it. No, round and soft, it is quite complex. Very nice.
    Mouth: Does not quite hold the class that gives the nose. Leather, oak furniture, top-fermented plum, a little salt, full of character and sweeter. The oak becomes palpable, powerful, but at the same time zero disturbing alcohol. Fine. Finish: dry oak, almost bitter, very persistent. Comment: Nice that I do not perceive the much criticized sulfur at all or he does not bother me at all. Very nice whisky, unfortunately a bit too expensive. 50 € less would have been appropriate.

  10. Othorion scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Do not be surprised that polarized. I like it very much and especially the nose is a blast, if you give her enough time. The weakest I find the finish, but overall a very successful bottling
    • Nose
      In the beginning it is the sulfur, but after 10 minutes to breathe this turns into a (for my nose) very pleasant note after burned matches, black cherries, other berries, can not isolate everything, dark fruits en masse, with varied sour and sweet components. Add some tobacco, a full load of oak cabinet and plum jam with nutmeg. The nose plays with the senses, in between fresh notes of eucalyptus or mint candies are added, forest honey I have, then juniper and then suddenly toasted bread before the fruits are again in the foreground.
      At the beginning certainly nothing for people with sulfur allergy (I'm not so sensitive), but after 10 minutes just awesome !!!
    • Taste
      velvety, creamy, slightly bitter espresso, sweet and sour, Mon Cherie meets After Eight, next to cherries again dark berries, could be currants, lots of dark chocolate, roasted walnuts, again the burnt matches, but rather discreet, interwoven in the whole, to also the typical maritime Bunna notes after salty sea breeze, some black pepper,
    • Finish
      medium, dry, tart but not bitter notes, warming, slightly peppery, the espresso and walnuts remain the longest


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