Bunnahabhain 18-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Small Batch Distilled
Stated Age
18 years old
46.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L5 10:04 18073
Added on
12 Apr 2018 11:06 am by Ras Mazunga

Average value

€ 132,99

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205 × member ratings

487 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 18-year-old

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.22 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. 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

  4. 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

  5. Allandale scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A complex 18 year. Lovely.
    • Nose
      Lovely: honey-nuts, a sea-breeze, followed with rich toffee and aromas from oaky leder.
    • Taste
      Easy taste: with sherry and nuts and a whiff of natural  oaky wood.
    • Finish
      Aftertaste: Dry, mixed  with a potpourri of herbs and spiciness going to a salty sherry finish.

  6. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very rich, very tasty sherry, with a hint of iodine. Black cherry, varnished wood, applesauce, lightly salted caramel, very ripe quetsches. A little damp earth, blackberry liqueur, with winey reflections, and an ounce of very fine smoke. Smoke coming from a gas lighter, with a slightly metallic side. It is definitely very fruity, with juicy pear, mirabelle plum, apricot. Date and a little chocolate.
    In the mouth, the wood and the leather stand out, with a waxed, very smooth side, and dried fruits, rather apricots and grapes, almonds, very few spices, then the earth, dark chocolate, cherry and blackcurrant. Very long finish, a bit of charcoal and caramel, dried fruits in retro-olfaction. A shovel of very dark humus, the one found in the forest. Quite dry at the end, it reminds of hazelnut.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. Jpspecial scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Russet gold.
    Nice nose some classic Oloroso nuts. Old oak old leather. Ripe forest fruits. Rubber.
    Nice ocean breeze. Smell the ocean when I close my eyes. Very good nose.
    Very smooth whisky. Just the right mouth feel gettting some nuts and old gold almond chocolate. Bit of oloroso spice on the tongue.
    Pleasant dry mouth aftertaste. Mint and liquorice.
    Very solid malt.

  8. tangtang scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Soft and round, very balanced, wonderful malt.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Sherry, smoky, fruit and caramel, spicy
    • Taste
      93 93
      soft, caramel, sweet fruity with sherry, acid oak, becoming a little oily
    • Finish
      94 94
      Smoky with oak, sweet fruity, malt, spices, sherry

  9. volker40sw scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 11-23-2019 at "Interwhisky" in Frankfurt.

  10. EvilAFI scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    N - 89 Sweet, oily, malty, maritime, fig jam
    P - 90 Mouthcoating, sweet sherry, mild oak spice, mild salinity,
    F - 90 Long, sherry oak lingers, warming, sweet and salty.

    Balanced, wonderful execution of sherry, oak, with a maritime influence


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