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Bunnahabhain 18-year-old

Overall rating
87.94/100
votes
460
Whiskybase ID
WB110419
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Small Batch Distilled
Bottled
14.03.2018
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Ex-Sherry
Strength
46.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L5 xx:xx 18073
Barcode
5029704217373
Added on
12 Apr 2018 11:06 am by Ras Mazunga
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 149.38

113 × in wishlist

460 × member ratings

1143 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 18-year-old

41 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.94 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2019] Bunnahabhain changed its style significantly over the last decades - from a clean, delicate and complex dram to a dirty and simple "spiked" modern whisky these days. So I am curious about this 18-years old - is it a traditional or a modern Bunna?

    It is a dirty one, unfortunately. I am sure many modern whisky drinkers like such a profile but I do not - I prefer a clean and delicate distillate over such cheap thrills (heavy bitter woods, slightly sulphur-spoiled sherry). I will take Bunnahabhain off my list of preferred distilleries very soon, most probably...
    • Nose
      83 83
      The colour is deep copper and the nose offers a slightly dirty modern sherry profile with some cheesy and sulphurous off-notes. The sherry itself is not very bold and still leaves enough space for the malt characteristics, too bad the off-notes are stronger than the pleasant ones.
    • Taste
      84 84
      The taste is herbal-sherry driven with significant bitter flavours (bitter nuts, green tea, tannins) that turn the dram very dry. The sweet sugars are there, of course, but they never dare to enter the spotlight. After some chewing a dark chocolatey flavour emerges together with some spices. Sorry, this is not my preferred taste (it is too bitter-drying).
    • Finish
      80 80
      The initial mouthfeel is hot-peppery and sulphurous-coating with a minor bitter-astringent moment. The finish is long and gets even more drying-astringent with the bitter flavours dominating. Water releases more unpleasant aromas (in my nose, only) of brackish water but it reduces the bitterness in both taste and finish somewhat. I like this dram best a little reduced to about 40% abv.

  2. Beaty-Tang scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    That comes very close to the perfect whisky. The whisky is perfectly balanced. Age, freshness, Brennereicharakter, barrel influence. Orange, leather, tobacco and old wood. Long finish. Point deduction is only for the price. The whisky is currently a bit overpriced with currently 150 €.

  3. Totoro scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I get why this one is polarizing. The sherry influence is big, bruising, and riddled with sulphur, and there's some serious bitterness in the mix. If you can tolerate these flaws (some would surely prefer to call them "edges"), you get a wildly entertaining and singular unpeated (but not un-smoky) Islay whisky that could well pass for 20 instead of 18.
    But yeah: you definitely have to be in the mood for an experience that includes some seriously spicy, dirty, musty sherry butts.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Deeply sherried, with a burnt and slightly sulphuric edge: charcoal, smoked barbecue sauce, woodsmoke, gunpowder. The sherry influence strikes me as going more toward PX, with this thick, jammy, raisiny side. However, it doesn't nose too sweet per se, you can still get some salinity and drier, almost mineralic aspects: walnuts, Manzanilla, chalk, linoleum, and some kind of oily brininess. A big and unusual nose, perhaps even somewhat incoherent, but it's certainly entertaining - and seems a bit older than its stated age.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sherry up front here as well, and though it does display the sticky, jammy, slightly cloying mouthfeel of PX maturation, it's way drier than the nose had me assume. Juicy and jammy, with good acidity but also distinct bitterness coming through on the mid-palate. An incongruous combination; I wonder where that would come from. Some tired European-oak butts re-seasoned with sherry? Is that a thing? Well, no matter. After a few sips, the Bunna DNA becomes noticeable behind this onslaught of sherry and bitters, with associations of sea air, sea salt, olive brine, wild liquorice, cracked black pepper, fennel, and just a splash of lime. It's a bit of a clash with the cask-driven notes of morello cherries, bitter almonds, wood coal and dark-roast coffee. A bit incongruous, but again: never boring.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Raisins, figs, damsons (in the form of dried fruits as well as fruit jams), a touch of sulphur (gunpowder), and a drying, chalky, salty, Manzanilla-like mouthfeel.

  4. Moses scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Since I'm a die-hard “Black Art” fan, this bottle was due at some point. It certainly doesn’t come close to the Black Art level, but for an 18 cc it’s really a great bottle. I stashed one right away. But only because it got way below price. A big thank you goes out to Andre from Whisky Evening. Also for the big rehearsal.
    • Nose
      Full, full and dense, it immediately conveys caramel with just a little vanilla. Thoughts of a nut stollen with raisins come up. A slightly dirty but delicate smoke hovers over everything. I have a light alcohol prick. It comes across as tart, sweet and sour, and if raisins, then they are sulphured. Great and at the same time simple nose.
    • Taste
      Oily, full, round and very spicy to almost hot on the palate, it starts off. In the foreground, sweet caramel with dark dried fruits. He goes into transition pretty quickly. Hey Hoh, ... it's very tasty and pleasant. In the transition clear dark chocolate at its finest and always an association with medicine (cough syrup?) ... wow, great job!
    • Finish
      Unfortunately rather short but round, very soft and without flaws. Respect to the master. Then again tender caramel with vanilla at the same time. In addition, continual salty notes and in the background the sulphurized raisins.
      Friends: This bottle is a fire hazard!
      Only the PLV now has a problem. So up to 100 € are ok, ... but 140 €? ... unfortunately NO.

  5. marmeladow scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Very well matured, balanced sherry whisky with minimal smoke and lots of sea, alongside traces of the 18 years with oak and pleasantly discreet, never bitter spice. Simply grandiose, complex and very varied - unfortunately it has become a little too expensive
    • Nose
      96 96
      Sherry Dried Fruits Oak Malt Sweet Chocolate Caramel Honey Nuts Nuts Walnut Hazelnuts Kelp Tobacco
      earthy on the nose (old wine barrels and wine cellar) with sea air
    • Taste
      96 96
      Sherry Sweet Honey Caramel Smoke (Puff) Walnut Oil Hazelnuts Spices Orange Dark Chocolate Herb Tobacco Malt Maritime Notes Salt
      Mouthfeel creamy, powerful and full - every sip with new aspects
    • Finish
      95 95
      Spices Oak Sweet Malt Maritime Notes Salt Dark Chocolate Tobacco Nuts Dried Fruit
      increasingly long, complex and iridescent finish

  6. hlz30 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Frankly, I am regreted for the wasted money that were spent on other products, instead of this item. Would love to keep it in my cabinet.
    • Nose
      87 87
      It is sulfuric, but acceptable, not overtly irritating. Meaty, rustic metal, mineral rock, chocolates, lemon juice, boiled eggs (there you go the sulfuric notes), pu'er tea, old leather. Ashes of an ignited cigarette, almonds, caramel. It is rich and complex on the nose.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Full-bodied but not aggresive.
      Intensively sweet but not simple (referring to "sugary sweetness"), followed by tangy, tongue biting fresh lemon juice. Chocolates and seafood UMAMI. It is round, smooth, rich grainy and a little bit smokey. Nice tastes.
    • Finish
      86 86
      A long finish. Mild, mild and almost not-detectable bitterness. Spice warmth, sherried notes, wood smoke, butter cream.

  7. Benjamin_Wang scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Fresh grind spices and dark dry plums. Euro-oak is dominant. I'm not a fan of Euro-oak and caramel flavor.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Strong aroma, Distinctive dry fruits come first and the smell of wet old casks. Acid dry plums, some caramel. Then spices showing up, nutmeg and some licorice, ginger cola. Deep baked bread, bitter coffee beans, and a hint of dark chocolate. Some methol on the back, with the char of stewed fruits.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Bitter coffee beans, clove, and nutmeg with dry plums. Caramel.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Spices and dry fruits. mid-long.

  8. Tordeaux scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. gaboruso scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. MrNachbar scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Aroma: Light smoke, slightly salty, sea breeze, spicy, fruity sweetness, sherry

    Taste: complex, spicy, strong, brown sugar, dark fruits, sherry and oak

    Finish: very long, spicy and sweet
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

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