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Overall rating
88.05/100
votes
63
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Small Batch
Vintage
1989
Bottled
01.03.2018
Stated Age
28 years old
Casktype
2 Bourbon Hogsheads
Number of bottles
432
Strength
43.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
19 Apr 2018 9:42 am by Tauti
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Average value

€ 209,57

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Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 1989 CA

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.05 points

  1. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Very mature. White cheese with peach that slowly dissolves in favor of very warm notes. Delicate and deep, somewhat waxy. It is relatively mild, however.
    • Taste
      Creamy but fluid, superb texture. Ripe fruit. Bunnahabhain is still a distillery that I can not easily associate words with.
    • Finish
      Deep and long, sparkling and slightly tart.

      Enthusiasm 4/5

      Whisky n ° 2073

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2018] This is another dram out of this year's advent calendar from Cadenhead - which is a good overview of their 2018 releases and I always appreciate the opportunity to do such a samples tasting around christmas time.

    The great thing about whisky tasting is: Regardless how long you are into malt you always will find something new like this one. A Bunnahabhain profile that I never had before and that is rather unusual - but unfortunately not to my liking. What else to say? I will certainly not buy a bottle...

    Disclaimer: I had a Fettercairn (WB id 117908) right before this dram so maybe that one corrupted my taste buds somewhat. I cannot check this because I had a small Bunna sample only and for sure I will not buy one of these pricey bottles just to check if I really do NOT like it...
    • Nose
      83 83
      The colour is pale gold and the nose offers an unusual sour Bunna profile that reminds me both of sour-dough and fermented fruits. This is not my favourite flavours mix at all but after some breathing nice honey and spicy aromas join in, at least. Very strange, I know such noses rather from Fettercairn, Deanston or Glenturret but not from Bunnahabhain. After about 15 minutes of breathing additional sweaty-cheesy notes pop up that I do not like at all.
    • Taste
      85 85
      The taste is better but still a little sourdough bread lurks around. Actually, it narcotises my taste buds because I do not taste many others flavours except some barley sugars, over-ripe fruits and spices. Maybe there are not more? That would be unusual for a Bunna but it can well be if the cask was almost exhausted. No, this taste is not impressive...
    • Finish
      83 83
      The whisky arrives warming but not coating on the palate with no distracting moments. The finish is rather short and gets more spicy with a minor drying moment towards the end (plastics). Water just flattens the dram.

  3. dRambo scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    beautifully matured malt - I find it more intense on the palate than in the nose - blind I would not recognize him as Bunna - he is still delicious
    • Nose
      sweet and malty, the nose is initially closed, but opens with a drop of water, vanilla, banana and green banana peel, waxy waxy, citrus notes, powdered sugar, the nose is very round and calm
    • Taste
      peppery with ginger and chilli, mint and coconut cream, wood chips from green wood - dynamically spicy but by no means alcoholic - lemon, yellow watermelon and a hint of pineapple juice, tobacco, green banana, beeswax, salt, green deciduous branches that you chew - rather on the sweet side there is also some acidity as balance - it shifts from spicy to fruity and back again when you chew it
    • Finish
      spicy, fruity, tobacco prickles, citrus oil - middling he acts after - initially so intense that you do not even notice that he is gone.

  4. wisekycourse scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    28-year-old declination at Cadenhead!
    Bunna not peaty, but not enough on the nut more, disappointed!
    • Nose
      malt, varnish, vanilla, a little lemon and exotic fruits mixed with juicy apple
      some herbs
    • Taste
      malty sweetness, almost oily!
      caramel, butter, cooked vanilla
      fruit apple, banana together and a lemony tip
      milk chocolate also with its crushed walnut chips
      A bouquet of flowers
    • Finish
      vanilla, varnish, woody finally soaked
      almost acidic apples!
      average finish.

  5. Luigisim scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  6. LDB scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Exceptionally well-done ex-Bourbon Bunna bunny!
    Exceeds in its elegance nor the fruit packages of Glen Keith Claxton 1994 and the like, but is less intense - probably due to age.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Rich, heavily aromatic and closely interwoven fruit bouquet from A like apple to Z like ripe lemon, with honey-baked bananas. For all tropical sweetness but also spicy fragrance that tickles something in the nose, but never too strong, but just right. This is a painted harmony!
    • Taste
      90 90
      How supple and oily in the mouth he is! Always fine, well seasoned with a pinch of candied pickled ginger slices here and elderberry nectar as the fruit basket presents itself from sniffing again.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Tender wood or rather the idea of the smell of cut off, summerly warm lilac bushes indicate the influence of the barrel, which still lasts, but soon loses its expressive power. But gently and delicately fading away.

  7. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    A very fine and elegant Bunna. The tropical fruits work really nicely here. I love it! Despite the low alcohol percentage, it is really full of flavour. Not at all watery.
    • Nose
      Vanilla, but also pineapple and mango. It’s a bit waxy, lovely! Some citrus notes. Yoghurt. Green apples and pears.
    • Taste
      Citrus, followed by grapefruit. Some vanilla. Then tropical fruits, like papaya and green bananas. A hint of apples. And tobacco.
    • Finish
      The finish is mid-long to long and is somewhat spicy.

  8. rpvdwel scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  9. Conside scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful bourbon nose ... Freshness, pear, ginger, brown sugar.
    The taste is smooth, nothing bulges, but it does not strike the imagination ... Expect more on the nose ...
    In the aftertaste there is an unpleasant yeast flavor ...

  10. Pauci scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Smells of totally overripe fruits. That's too much for me. A brown apple comes to my mind.
    The short spiciness in the taste fits because somehow not quite so. Structure in the mouth is shallow.
    Very short finish.
    He does not really go down well for me. Overall, there is not really anything over in that.

    I do not need that. Luckily only one sample.

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