Bunnahabhain 25-year-old

Overall rating
88.90/100
votes
199
Whiskybase ID
WB112613
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Small Batch Distilled
Bottled
25.08.2017
Stated Age
25 years old
Strength
46.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
1698283 L5 xx:xx 17237
Barcode
5029704217397
Added on
19 may 2018 3:03 pm by M_B
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 425.94

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Whisky reviews for Bunnahabhain 25-year-old

35 users have left 36 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.90 points.

  1. tribe scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Attention in many shops the old bottle is still shown and you get the new bottling, which is no longer made of wood. Does it taste the same as before?

    I finally emptied a sample. It's good ... But can't get to the old one. In contrast to the 12, which I personally find better than the old one.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Salty, maritime and slightly fruity. Wood is inferior to herbs
    • Taste
      89 89
      Sherry leather woody but also hot pepper catch. Is not a mild whisky for 25 years of original bottling. It's also flavored with strawberry jam. But good part.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Pepper and wood remain for a long time.

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  3. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  4. The_Osprey scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Bunnahabhain 25 year old SMSW 46.3%.

    30ml sample Sep 2022.

    Very dark golden yellow.

    Aroma is mango yoghurt, some orange ice lolly, maybe lemon cheesecake mixed with a hint of highlighter pen, just a background musty oak note if you sniff hard, but it’s behind all that fruit. Not prickly to the nostrils at all. Very good. Not particularly intense, but pleasantly fruity.

    Body is watery.

    Taste is really soft on impact. Mango squash on the tongue to start. You can chew and chew and it never gets even slightly hot at all. Then on the swallow there’s some grainy spirit and a hint of pepper. Nice finish initially but the linger stops dead a bit. Always stays so soft. If ever the word ‘creamy fruits’ could be applied to a whisky, this would be top candidate. Almost too soft for me – there’s mango squash and the softest creamy vanilla. The finish provides momentary salt and pepper seasoning before the flavour is gone.

    A simple, very pleasant and extremely easy-going profile. Hard to dislike anything here. I defy anyone to dislike it. But I can’t get overly excited either. That being said, a bottle would last only a very short time in my possession ... not that I’ll be buying one at £400. 3.7/88

  5. TimkoT scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. Izzino scored this whisky 97 points Connoisseur

    After a year, I got to this whisky again and I have to say that it's the same bomb as when I had it the first and second time.

  7. riven1824 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

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

  8. Andytka3 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    1671) Bunnahabhain, 25YO, Small Batch Distilled (2017)
    • Nose
      N- Grassland by the sea, where breezes of warm wort and rusty sweet meet. Fresh newspaper that still scents the ink. Warm tangy marmalade glow to dampened mossy wood and sea soaked sailor rig. Breath with evolvement that take it higher as it potentially able to be. (91/22)
    • Taste
      P- Full gracefully, amble, soothing and dignified. The sherry, walk in elegantly over soft bitter tint, take into the whiff of mossy ink. Sat on a wet rock, rubbing citrus on torn spice leather sack. (92/23)
    • Finish
      F- Long, creamy coat at whole. Over the dryness find the dried fruits on the ring of marmalade and subtle numbing sweet spice tinge. (91/22)

      B/B- 93/23 Timely oak intervene just when it start to get sweet.

      Weighted Rate- 90pt

  9. Killswitch scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. Whiskywiseguy scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Sherry, salty
    • Taste
      Dried fruits, sweet
    • Finish
      Spice, chocolate

  11. Spoerkel scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Expensive - but super good! Incredibly complex and balanced. A worthy "old gentleman". In my opinion even rounder and more powerful than the 30-year-old I was able to enjoy a few days ago.
    • Nose
      92 92
      chocolate, leather.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Chocolaty, nutty, maritime, dry sherry.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long and warming.

  12. Luigisim scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Tasted again after three years.
    Very nice dram but one point less because of the saltiness, that becomes predominant

  13. kikist scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nose is gorgeous!!! But other segments of this whisky are little bit behind
    • Nose
      90 90
      Fresh fruit, dried fruit, apricot, figs, dried figs, walnuts, blackberry, vinegar
    • Taste
      80 80
      Really sweet, caramel, vanilla, pretty sour, brandy, coconut, chlorine
    • Finish
      87 87
      Creamy, sweet, ginger, spicy, cinnamon, sage, coconut

  14. MLE scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  15. Bembel scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Advance information about my point allocation:
    I rate my whisky's privately with a ten-point scale
    (XX, X of 10.0)!

    Smell / nose
    The bewitching, rich fruit scent is immediately in the air. He looks old and settled. Juicy, sun-ripened oranges, maritime saltiness, a slight honey note, old leather, slightly dampened wood, nut nougat (Hanuta comes very close), notes of sherry come very late and only slightly.
    Smoke is almost impossible to grasp in the nose.

    Taste / mouth
    Start with full fruit body and malt, (hazel) nut, tobacco, very light spiciness, orange / tangerine, herbs. Tingling on the tongue.

    Departure / throat
    Medium length (unfortunately ...), easily drying with wood. By the way, a nice sweetie.

    notes
    A board of whisky! Still a little too much taken from the barrel.
    The 12 is good, but too young. The 25 is really good, but too old.
    The 18 is right in the middle. Super balanced and better in the PLV.

  16. Holzwurm scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  17. Saftkenner scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    With the change in design, the composition of the barrel has clearly also changed. The proportion of sherry cask is significantly lower, which of course gives it a different character. As a lover of the XXV wooden box version, I was a bit confused, as I have to admit here. With this version, the price-performance ratio is no longer right at all. This bottle would have to be offered considerably cheaper.
    But the new direction seems to have found its fans ...
    • Nose
      87 87
      Oak seasoning, oranges, honey, heather, mint, vanilla, a little mango and peach, leather.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Significantly less full-bodied than the previous bottle. Orange, peach, oak seasoning, cocktail cherries, caraway seeds, tobacco, damp wood, dried apricots and some cardboard.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium-long finish with vanilla, apricot, oak spice and a slightly older and slightly damp tea towel.

  18. Totoro scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Seems pleasant but not spectacular at first. However, after the first sip it begins take off.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Typical old Bunna aromas: sea breeze, leather, polish, salted pink grapefruits, heather, dry sherry, marzipan, essential oils... I don't mind the reduced sherry level; it lets the spirit talk. Perhaps a bit soft, but lovely. Keeps developing and opening up in the glass when left to breathe.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Makes you sigh the moment it wets the palate. Silky, creamy, oily, buttery texture, with an enticing sweetness that keeps increasing well into the finish. From the mid-palate onwards, the typical herbal and heathery notes of two-decades-old Bunna begin developing and increasing as well. Spicy in just the right amount. Nice acidity and freshness from the bourbon casks, which suits the maritime profile. Nutty, fudgy notes from the sherried components provide a counterbalance. Goes down dangerously easily.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Mellow and medium to long, with what appears like quite a few older casks (perhaps ones that had fallen below 40%) in the mix. Very salty / savory, with that typical musty Bunna funk. A pinch of white pepper and chunks of salted caramel.

  19. the_muskox scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    It’s good, but man, this should be cask strength. I feel like it could be so much better with that extra hit of intensity. It’s also a bit on the oaky-tart side for my taste. There are plenty of positives: the leather notes are nice, as are the nuts and tobacco, and the sweetness is very pleasant. The nose is overall fantastic. Still, I can’t help but think that Glengoyne 25 is just better.

    Nose: Elegant and spicy. Expensive leather, like you’d expect to find in a sports car. Plenty of green apples, browned butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Some rich and woody sherry, with old pencils, walnuts, pralines, and wine gums. There are plenty of musty dunnage warehouse notes in here too. Some earthy barley and honey. Some slightly savoury salty notes in here… beef fat, perhaps.

    Palate: Medium-light texture. Soft arrival, with chocolate and cherries up front. Lots of spice notes, with sweet caramel, brown sugar, toffee, cocoa powder, and a drip of molasses. Distinguished and mellow wood notes, with tobacco, tart earthiness, and black pepper. Heavy dunnage-y earth funk and leather towards the back. Some savoury spices here: cumin for sure, maybe thyme and some vaguely mustardy notes. Lightly-toasted marshmallows, with sweet flowers, cotton candy, and cereals.

    Finish: Long and fairly sweet. Brown sugar, baked apples, wine gums, blackberries, orange zest, ginger, milk chocolate, and rum-ish spices. Nutty cream, mint, and Earl Grey tea. Plenty of earth and cumin, with a touch of smoked sea salt.

  20. maltaholic scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Yellow gold.
    Long streaks on the glass.

    Do you know the smell of an empty glass after enjoying a dram?
    That fine wood smell that makes you smell again and again?
    It already smells like that.
    It looks fine, noble, creamy, woody, sweet.

    If you hold your nose a little closer, you get a bit of spice, malt, grapes in alcohol.

    Strong, full-bodied in the mouth.
    This intense mix of wood notes and Mon Chéri.
    In my nose now the vanilla that I like so much.
    Not really sweet taste.
    I miss the sherry cask.
    Wood and spice predominate.
    Almost a bit dry and furry.

    Good taste.
    The aroma is great.

  21. LordIslay scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    That is a bomb!
    Boooom!
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      94 94

  22. domani scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A very nice and well balanced whisky. The flavors are manageable but clear and intense. One is tempted to find new flavors, but in the end, as is so often the case, less is more. The whisky is just harmonious - 02/29/2020
    • Nose
      88 88
      The aroma from the glass is space-filling, tobacco and leather, full of fruit basket, red prince apple, raspberry, blueberry, orange, fig cheese, a little maritime
    • Taste
      89 89
      Very sweet and harmonious, spicy malt note, mild ginger touch, very intense tobacco aroma, a warm wood note with accompanying dryness spreads, in the end nutty-sweet with a bitterness of a date
    • Finish
      89 89
      Just

  23. ConvalRen scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Doesn't taste as good as it used to be, more woody with a darker fruity character that's too dark. Dry woody flavour. Too dry.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      85 85

  24. Moses scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Here you have to look at the PLV. It should be much cheaper than the old version. Because you have to like him. But it is not worth more than 180 EUR. This is my personal opinion. Sorry Bunnahabhain. But the great wooden box set the bar very high. My tip: wait for the bargain or sample, like me.
    • Nose
      Immediately there is a wonderful fragrance over the glass. I also expected. The first thought is Hanuta from the leather bag. Soft and round with light fruit notes. Also the lemon, closer to the orange. Maritime seaspray but just a touch. The old wood also answers.
    • Taste
      It starts off very malty and fruity. Nutty and spicy, it fills the mouth. The oak answers on the tip of its tongue. You have to like that. It has less sherry than the old version. But it is no less tasty. Makes him special. In addition, dry biscuit notes with a maritime aftertaste far from the coast.
    • Finish
      Strongly drying with a different memory feature than the older B25 in the wooden box. The bitter thing is actually not badly done. Good malt!

  25. JungleDram scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Well ventilated.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  26. PX-Michl scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  27. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Disappointingly short on the finish.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      82 82

  28. Luigisim scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      Tannic and peppery
    • Taste
      87 87
      Woody, it seems batches have been quite active
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium, clean taste

  29. besar scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  30. c2abusus scored this whisky 84 points Member Junior

    Quiet, balanced gentleman whisky. Little sherry influence, quite complex but very set and civilized. For some maybe too quiet.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Malt, light sherry, dusty oak, raspberries, gooseberries
    • Taste
      85 85
      Fruity pastry, salt, seasoning, nuts, some leather
    • Finish
      83 83
      Dryness, wholegrain biscuits, oak

  31. Stef89 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Very elegant. Light fruity compared to the 12 or even 18er (my absolute favorite).

    This typical nuttiness I always come through. This runs through me like a red thread with the Bunnas. Definitely at the AS Bunnas.

    Honey, cereals, malt. Potted bright fruits. Apricot compote, a little gooseberry.

    Salty spray. But not on the cliff but a few hundred meters away from the surf.

    Then comes a heavy oak, but somehow subtle and fresh. A nice bitterness but not too much.

    Some menthol.

    A very nice malt.

  32. TechnOBY scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
      a spick Pepper note, Medium Smoke
    • Taste
      88 88
      Medium smoke, Lots of Vanilia, very intensive
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long and intensive

  33. pianoman scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Elegant. Oranges, lemons with honey, peach, a dash of mint. Freshly ground hazelnuts. Harbor water, old wet wood. Some liquid candle wax. Forest floor. Behind it are cherry sweets.
    • Taste
      Sweetish, slightly oily. Apples, tangerines, marzipan, almonds. Some pepper. Vanilla ice cream with caramel sauce and walnuts. A hint of nougat, latte and a hint of smoke. Medium.

  34. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  35. Wolv scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  36. Lord of Orkney scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

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