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Overall rating
89.35/100
votes
34
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Single Cask
Vintage
1989
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
27 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
264
Strength
42.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
02.11.17 17/516
Added on
02 Dec 2017 9:08 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 255,00

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34 × member ratings

77 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 1989 CA

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.35 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2018]  Oops, nobody rated this so far (except Serge) so for what reason do you all hoard these bottles?  I bought mine for 170 Euro a couple of days ago and I am way too curious to leave this one uncracked in the cellar.  Hopefully there are more drinkers than investors out there...

    The colour is jonquiripe corn and the texture shows a fat sticky ring that builds many tears with medium fast legs.  The nose truly is superb and elegant on lots of different fruits (I got the mirabelles and quinces too), summer floral and honey aromas in a perfect balance.  I really like this nose!  The whisky arrives warming but not very much coating in the mouth, unfortunately (the oiliness is not the greatest as could be seen with the texture already).  No distracting bitter or adstringent moments, at least!  The taste is delicious on various fruits and different honey flavours in a somewhat tingling arrangement.  It is not layered but who needs different layers if the initial one is that great already.  Not the slightest sign of any flaw or any overaging, this was bottled exactly at the right time.  The finish is rather short to medium with more spicy and malty flavours and again no distracting bitter or drying moments.  Some water releases a lot of additional aromas and flavours both in the nose and on the palate, actually I like it best when reduced to about 35% abv (really!).  Interestingly the finish gets longer after some water is added.

    If only the texture/oiliness were a little better this whisky would have made it to a 90+ points score.  But it is a superb and delicious dram anyhow, dangerously quaffable...  So if you own a bottle:  Crack it open and share it with friends, you will be delighted (I promise)!
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  2. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A nice version of a Bunnahabhain with hints of an older whisky profile.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Honey, tropical fruits, some hazelnut, toffee, subtle florals emerge, then some salty unbuttered popcorn
    • Taste
      89 89
      Honey, citrus fruits, vanilla, salted caramel
    • Finish
      88 88
      More citrus, honey, a malty note appears, slightly drying nuttiness, a touch oaky

  3. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. Malinois scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. Vladimir Ziryanov scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    balance 22, not bad, but for this age it could be better
    • Nose
      92 92
      caramel and oranges in the foreground, a little wax and honey, quite a bit of juniper and some herbs
    • Taste
      88 88
      a little spices, all the same oranges, but begin to slightly bitter, too thin, even too liquid
    • Finish
      86 86
      bitter orange leaves in the bitterness of the tree, I will not say that the short finish, but very bitter and without nuances

  6. DenisL scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Balance sheet (22) A beautiful nose ... not enough body. (89) The
    • Nose
      The aroma is very thick and energetic ... orange, honey, banana ... in the blind 30 + .... exotic marmalade ... a light aroma of mown grass ... pond ... fine (23) The
    • Taste
      Taste is tasty, oily, orange ... vanilla cupcake (22) The
    • Finish
      Finish slightly peppery ... chocolate wrapper ... fruit compote ... menthol???? (22) The

  7. Lorion scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very tasty and dangerous tasty. 87 points.
    • Nose
      Seaweed with lemon. Marakuja. Vanilla, wood.
    • Taste
      Sweet wood. Honey with a little salt.
    • Finish
      Medium long, cool, fresh with lemon.

  8. ARDBERG scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Very nice refill hoggie with all its mature delight of yellow fruits and honey. The price level irks me, but what can you do these days?

    A tasting sample. Thank you!!!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. dram-drinker scored this whisky 91 points Moderator

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  10. dram-drinker scored this whisky 91 points Moderator

    A very unusual Bunna but very drinkable and enjoyable
    • Nose
      Fresh, dry hay, malty, very barleyish, honeydew, peaches, cantaloupe melon - not bad
    • Taste
      Olive oil, creamy, mediterranean spices, subtle sweetness, fine oak notes, some fruitiness - very good
    • Finish
      Medium long, warm, more spices, going more into grapefruits

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