Overall rating
Single Malt
Wemyss Malts (Wy)
Bottling serie
Maritime Memories
Calculated age
31 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
48.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
14 Jul 2018 5:35 pm by peatbogger
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 266.80

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36 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 1987 Wy

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.12 points

  1. Flou scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Having a 31-year-old Bunnahabhain in a glass is always something special. Shimmering golden, the whisky lies in the glass and is waiting to be tasted.

    On the nose, very restrained with light fruits like pears, a little apricot, green apples, all sprinkled with a little vanilla sugar and pepper. A tart note is subtly laid over these aromas. The spiciness of the wood becomes stronger, I get gentle associations of old furniture from the grandparents' attic, a little cocoa powder and vinegar. All in all very mild and well interwoven.

    With 48.1% alcohol, this whisky has a very pleasant drinking strength. The whisky starts fruity in the mouth with light fruits that can already be found in the aroma. Some nuts are added, vanilla sugar and the spiciness of the oak barrel are now stronger with dark chocolate and pleasant tannins, which in the mouth initially only ensure a low level of dryness. I had a very different experience when I was so old. With a second sip, the wood notes become more intense, the dark chocolate turns a little into espresso, the fruitiness is there, but rather subtle in the background. A maritime note comes into play and adds a hint of salt to the pepper.

    The finish is smooth, with light tannins that are not too dominant. The bright fruits still swing gently in the background and all this takes place on the coast of Scotland with drizzle, because light maritime salt notes are still noticeable. A medium length finish in my eyes.

    Overall, this whisky has been fresher and gentler than I expected. At 31 years in the sherry barrel, this was apparently not very active or had been filled several times in advance. But you can already tell by the color. In terms of color, I wouldn't have even guessed a sherry barrel. I lack the volume, both in the nose and in the mouth ... I would have expected a little more after 31 years of barrel aging.

    For me there are 88/100 points. That is a good rating for me, but it is not enough to play really high up. But as always, that's purely subjective.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. DGV scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    The barrels worked great. There is a lot of spice, tannins, with no hardening. I also note that the sherry barrel did not turn the cleric into a berry compote, but only added complexity and complexity to the bouquet.
    He definitely needs time, with which he changes and develops for the better.
    • Nose
      89 89
      From the first nose it stands out for its complexity and restraint. Everything is laid out on the shelves, does not shout anything, does not stick out, does not dominate. In the foreground are ripe fruits, sweet pastries, sea buckthorn jam with its inherent sourness, varnished wood. After breathing, menthol appeared (and very distinctly), cinnamon, chocolate.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Warming, enveloping, while not burning receptors. The tree, in quantity, is enough to emphasize its age, while maintaining elegance and not seem to be cut. Cinnamon, fruit, berry sourness. It was unexpected to find in it a kind of "astringency", similar to corn syrup, which most bourbons have.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, but restrained and delicate.

  3. vlad78 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    An interesting sample of one of my favorite distillery.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Bright warm slightly smoked prunes, a little cloves, leather, a little varnish.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sweet taste of dark dried fruits.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Sweet aftertaste of plum jam.

  4. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A really nice bunna from the bourbon barrel. There is not much to complain about on my part. It's fun. Unfortunately, no bargain either.
    • Nose
      The fruits go in the direction of apple, pear and white grapes. Herbal honey. Fresh and juicy wood notes and a bite of wet moss. Grain Notes. In fact, a fresh breeze by the sea and mineral notes such as chalk. The nose does not necessarily look young, but it has a certain freshness in it.
    • Taste
      A mixture of sweetness and acidity, paired with a certain sharpness. Sugar beet. Immature pineapple. Honeycombs. A surprising amount of wax. I like it. Then it tingles pleasantly. Candied ginger and sour (yellow) wine gum.
    • Finish
      Tree sap. Licorice. Tonic water. Mineral notes.


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