Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Adelphi (AD)
Bottling serie
Stated Age
11 years old
Moine Sherry
Number of bottles
58.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
24 Nov 2009 9:30 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 115.00

5 × in wishlist

29 × member ratings

35 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 1997 AD

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.67 points

  1. stefsel111 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A litlle bit off water makes a huge differance indeed, makes it less ashy and more subtle, great stuff!!
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  2. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by Adelphi;

    1 of only 610 bottles from cask no. 5368

    Traditionally, Bunnahabhain is very lightly peated, but in 1997 experiments were done using heavily peated malt. This is a rare example from this period. It comes from an active refill butt and has a chestnut brown hue. Some fresh eggs to start followed by rotting seaweed, dogfish and Twiglets! The Twiglets become more apparent with Marmite and some added chocolate. Unreduced, this is a monster – intense bbq and wood ash smoke, possibly even cigarette ash, followed by hazelnuts, brazil nuts, pistachio nuts and sugar-coated almonds. With the addition of a little water this becomes a super-smooth dram with caramelized peanuts and Peanut Kit Kat Chunkies. A lovely texture with more peanuts, now salty and chocolate. Not for the faint-hearted.

  3. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Serge says;

    Bunnahabhain 11 yo 1997/2009 (58.6%, Adelphi, cask #5368, 610 bottles)  Colour: full gold. Nose: rather less explosive than cask #3172 but also a tad straighter and fresher, with a peatiness that’s cleaner and a tad more ‘coastal’ whereas the whole is a little less complex, with much less sherry influence. Kippers and custard plus a little antiseptic, mercurochrome. A tad ‘southshore-ish’. With water: straight zesty peat, a tad mono-dimensional now. Close to raw malted barley, a little paraffin. Mouth (neat): more or less the same differences as on the nose. Very powerful, big peat, quite some salt, lemon and vanilla cake, just a little ginger… Very little sherry now, if any. With water: it’s best part. Clean zesty almondy kippery and salty peat. No sherry (did I really find sherry on the nose?) Finish: long, clean, good oomph, lemon, salt, peat. Comments: quite superb on the palate, but needs water. Quite a ‘peat monster’. SGP:257 - 85 points.

  4. Lafroy scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Very intensive nose broken down by three dominant notes i.e. campfire with burned prunes, peat and peat sweetness as well as sour apples with root spices.
    • Taste
      It starts with powerful peat, sweetness and smoke. After a while hot peppers appear, hot sensation in palate and smoked apricots. It´s definitely strong, powerful and well balanced. In the aftertaste you´ll find root spices and a little bit of dryness.
    • Finish
      Very long, dry and hot.


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