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Overall rating
83.97/100
votes
64
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Discovery
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
11 years old
Casktype
Sherry Cask
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
19 Sep 2018 12:54 pm by Jarmin
UncoloredChillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 51,60

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Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 11-year-old GM

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.97 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2018] Another release that scored very high in the most recent "Whisky Magazine" tasting with 89 points from Rob and 91 points from Lyndsey. Again I am very curious if my own taste buds confirm these high scores or support the rather low ratings here at WB...

    ...and again they are in line with the average-only scores here at WB, unfortunately. This is the typical modern "dirty" Bunna style that was created rather out of desperation (lacking investments) than intentionally. It somehow became a trademark Bunna characteristic and a lot of modern whisky drinkers love this (which is absolutely fine with me). So please forgive me my preference for the old "clean" Bunnahabhain style...

    [April, 2019] I re-tasted this dram tonight and fully confirm my old review and score of ... the "dirty side" of Bunnahabhain.
    • Nose
      83 83
      The colour is russetmuscat and the nose offers the typical "dirty" profile of modern Bunnahabhain drams. I know a lot of people like this but I prefer clean (traditional style) whiskies. The dirty aromas are cheesy and meaty notes that usually come from broader (than usual) cut-off points during distillation to maximise output (some "dirty" foreshots and feints are included). Funny, that in our modern "whisky boom" time such faulty drams create a followership of their own with even so-called experts join in...
    • Taste
      87 87
      The taste is sweet on cooked fruits, marzipan, nuts and tobacco smoke with again some meaty off-notes (that others might like). It is not layered but some spices (cinnamon) pep it up after a while. The taste is much better than the nose (to me) but still it is not great according to my taste buds. Water turns the dram smoother but it releases more of the cheesy and meaty off-notes, unfortunately.
    • Finish
      84 84
      The initial mouthfeel is rather unimpressive with neither warming nor coating moments. The finish is of medium length with more chalky and peaty flavours and a slightly drying end (cold ashes). Not very impressive, to be honest...

  2. Rosebank88 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Very deep sherry tones, with dark chocolate, freshly cracked walnuts, juicy fruit bread, blood oranges, forest honey, earthy accents and a soft smoke.
    • Taste
      Medium heavy and oily. Full sherry tones, pickled black walnuts and delicate smoke, as well as chocolate-covered gingerbread.
    • Finish
      Long, sherry-toned and nutty. Later also oak, leather soft smoke and chocolate.

  3. Coldorak scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Color: Australian Muscat
    • Nose
      82 82
      Kind of meaty , with usual sherry notes of dried fruits, orange, figs, and a hint of peat in the background
    • Taste
      80 80
      Sweet spices and fruits at first, touch of bacon, some peat smoke, and bitterness, black pepper. A bit watery unfortunately at first, becoming very lightly creamy after some time.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Finish: Quite long, on dry oak, dried fruits and a bit nutty

  4. PX-Michl scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  5. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A nice sherried single malt for the current autumnal season. Solid with layers of complexity. The influence of the sherry cask isn't overpowering the whisky at all, leaving enough space for the delicate dried fruits and warming spices to come through. Pleasantly quaffable!

    I thank Kirsch Whisky - The House of Whiskies for the complimentary sample!

    https://www.whisky-connaisseur.de/2018/11/08/bunnahabhain-11yo-g-m-discovery-new-range-2018/
    • Nose
      Sherry aromas nicely mingle with notes of dried fruits, oranges and peaches. Sweet vanilla with autumnal spices, burnt treacle and a hint of peat in the back.
    • Taste
      Starts sweet and fruity on the palate with toffee, dried fruits, peaches and plums. This is accompanied by a significantly warming spiciness of oak, black pepper, cloves and allspice. Slight waves of peat smoke and a whiff of cinnamon towards the finish.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium to long with creamy fruit, warming allspice and subtle dry oak on the tail.

      With water:
      Water brings more vanilla and fruitiness to the fore while the spicy flavours are tamed. Still sweet and creamy on the palate with dried fruits, vanilla and lots of peaches. Less warming and less spicy with a delicate nuttiness lingering towards the finish. The finish is medium long, sticky sweet and subtle dry with walnuts and a whiff of peat smoke on the tail.

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    No notes tried at a tasting but I remember for an 11 year it was very good.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Bottler's tasting notes:
    Aroma: Sherry aromas mingle with orange marmalade. Dried fruit notes develop; subtle spices weave through creamy vanilla toffee.
    Taste: Deliciously smooth and creamy; a gentle warming cinnamon spice matures into flavours of chewy dates and stewed plums with walnut undertones.
    Finish: Smooth milk chocolate with lingering dried fruit and hints of nuts.

  8. wisekycourse scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      walnuts, malt, cooked mandarin, spices, vanilla
    • Taste
      dust, plum and tangerine cooked, spices a little sweet, back wood and vanilla, it's sweet, it's also oily
    • Finish
      no particularity clean, but a pile of scents a little too all set back!

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