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Overall rating
88.21/100
votes
155
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Elixir Distillers (ElD)
Bottling serie
Elements of Islay
Vintage
2001
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
16 years old
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry
Number of bottles
1620
Strength
55.7 % Vol.
Size
500 ml
Added on
30 Aug 2018 8:35 am by Carapute
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Average value

€ 94.70

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Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain Bn7 ElD

25 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.21 points

  1. wisekycourse scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    an elixir expression for an unpeated bunna, with a very strong nose, on the slightly grilled sherry, strong coffee, cherries bathed in a bath of burnt caramel.
    On the palate, gingerbread, buttered dark chocolate, candied fruit on the orange and cooked and candied cherries, raisins soaked in alcohol, giving off strong and pronounced scents, a little woody still amplifies these scents already very strong:
    the finish is long, attractive, velvety
    a very good dram !!
    • Nose
      oozing nuts, crushed red fruit, well-present wood, a little dried mold, a little toasted almond.

  2. NRGCLICK scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Nose:

    All I can say is Bounty!!! After having the bottle opened for about 4 weeks, the oxidisation has worked its magic, this whisky has really opened its self up.
    Returning back to it, there appears to be a more prominent coconut note mixed with dark chocolate, hence the bounty reference (being a bounty fan, I approve 100%). This is also bursting with cherries and if you're from Australia or managed to ever try a cherry ripe, thats also very distinct on the nose.
    Cherry pie, with molasses, dark sweet caramelised fruits, which are an absolute sensation on the nose, especially for dessert lovers.

    Palate:

    Thickshake! The viscosity here is like a thick custard, you'll be chewing on this dram. Conforming pearls on the side of the glass, then begin the slow and steady race back down to the bottom, the thick oils are present here, no doubt influence from the tannins of the sherry cask. I get creme brulee that coats the mouths, followed by candied cherries and sugar syrup. The finish as a slight oak spice, quite pleasing after all the sweetness on the nose and the first mouthful, almost like a bitter ginger note, not enough to throw you, just enough to add a good balance.
    The finish is long, still, feel my teeth are coated in candy.

    Verdict:

    A sherry monster. I think the Bunna spirit complements sherry cask stupendously and this EOI Bn7 has not disappointed. I love the way that IB's play around with different cask and gives us a new expression we normally wouldn't get from the distillery themselves.

    With time, this is one of those drams that keep getting better and better.

    I didn't add water to this, although I have, and in my opinion it doesn't need it. Perhaps start with precursor dram to acclimate the palate before diving into this CS.

  3. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Notes by producer;

    Distilled in 2001 and aged for more than 16 years in a pair of oloroso sherry butts. Full of rich caramel and dark-chocolate flavour – a perfect winter warmer. Only 1620 bottles were produced.

    Cask details;
    A pair of oloroso sherry butts, distilled in 2001.

    Nose
    A pan of melting milk chocolate buttons with caramel centres. Toasted cinnamon sticks and ground ginger mixed with sultanas and walnuts – the perfect winter cake mix.

    Palate
    A thick and creamy texture with tones of milk chocolate and glacé cherries. Classic bitter-orange marmalade spread on freshly-toasted granary bread. Mixed spice follows: caraway seeds, cloves and allspice.

    Finish
    Juicy with red berries, blackcurrant cordial, cinnamon spice and a lingering citrus note akin to candied orange peel.

  4. mr_barleycorn scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      The first nose is really full and dark. The alcohol is noticeable, but pleasantly cool with some distance to the glass. I find raisins, prunes, dark chocolate, cold coffee and then great fruit. There are oranges, apricots and red gooseberries. Over time, some candle wax and some brown butter comes through.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Powerful with added sweet dates, kaba, brittle, nutmeg, carnation and blood oranges without the addition of water. In addition, something reminds me of red rubber animals. With a little water, the malt opens something and in addition to the above-mentioned flavors also salty almonds and some thyme price.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium. Black pepper, coffee, light herbaceous, orange peel and oak spice.

  5. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    What a good oloroso matured Bunna. :)
    • Nose
      88 88
      Sherry, caramel, honey, dried fruits, citruses and lacquered wood.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Powerful. Waxy fruits, citruses, pepper and nutmeg, matured oak, honey and vanilla.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, creamy, spicy, fruity.

  6. etwa77 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    the nose is greatly helped by water.. the taste then becomes overwhelmed by spicy oak.. what a conundrum!
    • Nose
      91 91
      dusty cardboards.. dried wild flowers pressed between old books pages.. a drop of sweet heather honey in a glass of cognac followed by a long wine-y aroma.. the musty-dusty note returns in the end, a memory of peat.
    • Taste
      91 91
      sweet and heavy chocolate and cherry liquor.. vanilla and nutmeg.. it pricks the tongue just a bit in a spicy embrace.. the tannins become stronger with chewing.. I think of that last sip of Turkish coffee that also contains some ground coffee sediment.. i could very well smoke a cigar to this dram, but i quit smoking.. so i just imagine.
    • Finish
      88 88
      lemony, dry and herbal (where have all the sweetness gone?).. some dried figs and roam-soaked sultanas come late, when the party is about to be over.

  7. Sidney87 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Jpspecial scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Dark gold. Medium/ medium legs.
    Heaps of coconuts. Desiccated coconuts. Rich cherries. Bit of maritime air. Melting caramel and milk chocolate. And nutty.
    Quite think and rich. Candied oranges. Caramel and alittle old and dusty sherry. Tastes quite nutty. Hazelnuts and almonds. And rich raisins.
    Nice warming fruity aftertaste. Some ricotta cheesecake. Nuttiness still there.
    Very flawless malt.

  9. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Needs time to open and benefits from water. Great dram overall, but not characteristically bunnahabhain.
    • Nose
      Dark berries, dark honey, raisins, red fruit, oak, sweet rum. Deep, rich nose.
    • Taste
      Rich, sweet arrival. Dark honey, dark berries, red fruit, oak spice, sweet rum notes (like cuban rum).
    • Finish
      Long, fruity, sweet, with a great spice backbone.

  10. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A solid nose which presents itself with a rather dry sherry, on hazelnuts and pistachio, fresh wood just varnished, some cereal scents. Caramel and apricot, floral touch, cashews, white currant, plum and pear. The palate is more gourmet, on candy sugar, sponge cake, pastry cream, slightly vanilla. Candied fruit, then spices, cane syrup. Strong and fruity finish, on acid apple, caramel, potato chips. A little acidic.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

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