Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Pretty in pink
Stated Age
09 years old
1st Fill Ex-Port Barrique
Number of bottles
60.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
29 May 2018 1:43 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

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Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 2008 SMWS 10.148

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.53 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Great, what is brought out of just 9 years of maturation here.
    • Nose
      Meaty and sweetish. Not spoiled, but fermenting. In spite of the high alcohol content, it leaves undiluted a lot of aromas: red grapes, the smell of an open gummy bag, fresh cut flowers. Some coconut milk, cocoa and cinnamon.
    • Taste
      Also undiluted not too strong start. Dried figs and plums, dark chocolate, cocoa, some sulfur, but not disturbing. Spicy with cloves, nutmeg and allspice. A malty note.
    • Finish
      Medium to short, with hints of sulfur, nougat, marzipan, cloves and nutmeg.

  2. Gaija scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    It delivers big time, just not in my favourite direction. The feinty wet cardboard note on the nose is problematic, to boot.
    • Nose
      81 81
      Strawberry yoghurt from my childhood (gervais, petit filou), big time. But it soon turns more vegetal with a clear wet cardboard note, which is an objective flaw in my view. Smells like one of the newly built aisle of my workplace with cardboard, plaster and plywood. But you also have some cranberries and pomgrenate though. Some kind of industrial panna cotta.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Very sweet, like very, very sweet. The arrival is quite okay alcohol wise but just afterwards there is a massive alcohol kick, which doesn't last too long thankfully. The texture is very, very rich and syrupy. It is massive in terms of taste delivery, I have to admit that. Chemical apricots, panna cotta again (a lot !), cranberry juice, panettone, amaretti ... Yeah, it's clearly too sweet for me, but it delivers.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Rosehip tea with a bit too much sugar in it, cranberry, Ricola and blackcurrant gums, a lot of them ! It's actually quite clean and not sickly sweet at all, though very candied.

  3. theograph scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Sour, salty and yet a lot of soft fruits. A little rough and unbalanced.

  4. Segens scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    too spritty.. 2-5 years would have helped in this cask for sure.. interesting color and nose/taste still but not my type

  5. hettrum scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  6. FernetBranco scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Issue Price in May 2018: £ 63.00

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

  7. Macheye scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Another highly enjoyable port cask Bunnahabhain – clean meets dirty, coast meets orchard, light meets dark, – really solid juxtapositions. Recommended.

    • Nose
      (the colour here is a pale pink - no options are provided for anything equivalent) A melange of crisp and clean with oily and dirty. Rose petals and red fruits – berries and cherries - are joined by used chip pan oil and burnt out engine cogs. There’s meatiness here – Serrano ham and reduced red wine gravy – as well as a charred burnt toast like aroma. The addition of water reduces the red fruit influence, but adds minerality – metal dust and exhaust fumes.
    • Taste
      Oily and viscous with strawberry compote and ashy vapours (not peat smoke). Sugar dusted raspberries and cherries are merged with mineral coastal air, underlying earthiness and pepper. Water is quite interesting here – adding drinking chocolate, creamy milk and some retronasal menthol. It also increases the ashiness, adding a slightly chalkiness – both in flavour and texture.
    • Finish
      Medium, with spearmint, flax and hay and a very nice peppery dryness.

  8. theograph scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    CASK No. 10.148Oily & coastal
    Pretty in pink

    After seven years in an ex-bourbon hogshead this whisky was transferred into a 1st fill Port barrique for the remaining 13 months of its maturation. The resulting colour is a resounding pink! On the nose we found rose wine, wine gums, molasses, pink peppercorns, motor oil, old tool boxes, rosewater and various herbs, cut salami and cherry blossom. Water added fennel seed, sea buckthorn and the waft of a ship’s funnel. On the palate we found sea air, saffron, scallop butter, beach foam, hessain, strawberry laces and cherry cough syrup. Whereas reduction brought salted liquorice, Opal fruits, milk chocolate, bramble liqueur and grenadine with a lick of eucalyptus oil in the finish.Issueprice: 63 GBP


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