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Overall rating
89.84/100
votes
166
Whiskybase ID
WB119474
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Wemyss Malts (Wy)
Bottling serie
Chestnut and Apple Chutney
Vintage
1987
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
30 years old
Casktype
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
628
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
20 Oct 2018 5:50 pm by RoyC
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 407.03

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Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 1987 Wy

32 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.84 points

  1. Corso_theRed scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Quite the complex beast! If I had to guess, I’d say this is refill wood, but you never know these days. It is rather closed-off at first, hardly giving away its secrets. The only overt aroma is highlighted in this malt’s title “Chestnut & Apple Chutney”. I’ve never had chestnutty aromas in a whiskies before, so kudos to Wemyss for adequately naming this bottling. With some air, it is slowly revealing tidbits of its more than 30-year-long maturation period. I reckon this will only get better with lower fill-levels in the bottle.
    • Nose
      Indeed chestnuts! Bags of roasted sweet chestnuts you can buy on many Christmas markets around here. Following this, it’s a little austere at first– fern trees, latte macchiato, and slight whiffs of alcohol. This needs lots of air! As it opens up, there is the tiniest hint of unlit matches – yes sulfur, but it is very much interwoven with all kinds of dates, dried figs, honey, and custard. Impressively complex! After a while its morphing into waxy apples, and stewed rhubarb.
    • Taste
      Velvety arrival. Sweet, sour, and bitter – all oscillating every other second. Associations of stout and malt, apple vinegar, and caramelized oak. On the second sip, the sulfur has arrived on the palate – sweet hard cheeses and tart raspberries doused with brandy.
    • Finish
      Medium. Tingly, with faint caramel, orange jams, and very few tannins, before briefly assuming coffee-ish aromas as it fades away.

  2. didi1893 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A complex and multi-layered malt. This bottling looks old and dignified, unfortunately also a little thin and one-dimensional. Spicy oak and burnt wood tones dominate this malt, pleasant sharpness and fruity notes bring a little variety. Chocolate and cocoa always provide a sweet contrast point, with the dark and burnt wood tones dominating all the time. I like it very much!

    23/23/22/22 (90P)
    • Nose
      Beautiful rusty brown with a reddish shimmer the malt in the glass, on the glass wall of my Premium Snifter long and oily "legs" pull their endless tracks back into the glass. Creamy dark chocolate rises powerfully at the first nose, with a hint of leather and old walnuts. Sulfur is minimal, slightly salty notes remind me a little of "bear droppings" better known as liquorice. Slowly red berries and caramel are added. Raspberries, blackberries and strawberries fall on a few chunks of hard caramel and toffee, the aroma of even sweeter milk chocolate increases, cocoa powder dusted the nose. Gradually, musty and musty elements emerge, a hint of citrus fruits flit past while I have to think of musty cellars and sulfur again. Mandarins and morello cherries flash, sweet chocolate and fruits whet the appetite for the first sip.
    • Taste
      Chocolate drips on the first sip of spicy oak, again red berries and fruits appear briefly before suddenly colorful pepper spreads on the tongue and this plunges into a pleasant sharpness. The second little sip flows gently over the tongue. Sweetness flashes again briefly, seconds later the pepper unfolds its full aroma and slightly biting sharpness creeps from the tongue over to the palate. There are hints of burnt wood and a hint of ash, roasted walnuts and hazelnuts exude their tart and slightly burned aroma, salt water drips on decayed oak planks and burnt logs. Spices and chocolate are discreetly in the background, dark and burnt wood tones dominate in combination with pepper and salt.
    • Finish
      Dark and tart draws cozy warmth through the palate, burnt pieces of wood cool, a hint of fly ash is spread over dark chocolate, hard caramel and a few raspberries and currants. After a few moments, dry and tart wood tones stick to the palate, leather and old hazelnuts appear minimally. The aftertaste fades away relatively quickly, leaving smoky and slightly burnt wood aromas on the palate.

  3. pianoman scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Wet garden soil, rotten wood, freshly ground coffee. Hazelnut, a hint of caramel and honey. Apricot cake. Sweetish pipe tobacco.
    • Taste
      Creamy. Tobacco, nectarines, a trace of wax. Toast with orange marmalade. Something charred oak. Espresso, a touch of white pepper.

  4. Joschbert scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Not quite as complex on the taste as on the nose. Still simply delicious, almost dangerously tasty. At the issue price (approx. 220 €), it's just okay for today's standards.
    It's a shame that there's not a little smoke left.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Dark stone fruit (cherries, plums), raisins, bouillon, furniture polish, a note of menthol, herbs (sage) and cinnamon. Pleasant balance between sweetness and acidity. There is a wonderful leather note over everything. Some sulfur is also noticeable. All very nicely interwoven. Good intensity and balance.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Cherry jam, raisins, dark chocolate, balsmico cream, coffee and leather
    • Finish
      91 91
      Spice cake, walnuts, sherry, vanilla and oak seasoning.
      Long.

  5. ARDBERG scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Wish they'd bottle this at CS. But what would be the price be then? Anyhow, a 3cl sample will do in my lifetime.
    Btw, someone must have eaten the apple chutney before I could get to it. Just left the (chest)nuts...
    • Nose
      90 90
      Wonderful old school sherry nose, though it could be from a number of distilleries with this kind of style. No notes that I would purely associate with the big Bunny. Nutty oloroso, leather, green walnuts rather than chestnuts, candied orange peel, cocoa, one raisin. Quite strong for 46%
    • Taste
      88 88
      In a blind tasting I'd probably say Dalmore. Less complex than the nose makes you hope for. Mainly sherry sweetness remains and now I can relate to roasted chestnuts though without salt, thus quite sweet. It's nice, but really a step down after the nose.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Finish is short to medium, tastewise it is gone relatively quickly, some warmth and sweetness are staying but nothing to remember tomorrow, really.

  6. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      Subtle sherry and, yes, there are some kind of nuts here. Chestnuts? Sure, why not?
    • Taste
      87 87
      I don't expect great things because of the 46% and I was right. This is quite an average dram. Not very complex by any means. It's a good dram for sure and if bored, may reach for it again. I get a bit of smoke with this one.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Again, not bad. Slight oak at the end.

      To be honest, I haven't been very impressed with 20-30 year old sherried bunnahabhains. While they are all pretty decent, none of them offer much in the way of complexity or uniqueness.

  7. dominikbraun scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Description follows!
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. Lukas_Kiene scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. Flou scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    A 30 year old bunna from the sherry barrel, I think that's a combination that not only makes me totally curious. The color promises intense aromas, the dark mahogany color is definitely a real eye-catcher. The whisky looks great in the glass!

    Mhhhh what a wonderful smell rises from the glass. Dark, sweet fruits with ripe cherries, dried plums, a hint of strawberries, plus a great integrated citrus fruit that provides a pleasantly sour note and freshness. Everything is fused with cocoa powder and a strong spiciness that tickles the nose a little with pepper, despite the only 46% alcohol content. An old oak shelf with very old books with leather book spines just comes to mind. The tannins are really wonderful and the different flavors complement each other very well. Everything interlocks so well that I only know from a few whiskys. A gentle dryness can be felt and underlines the idea of cocoa powder that I mentioned earlier.

    In the mouth, the bunna is initially much stronger and hotter than expected, it really tingles on the tongue ... I definitely didn't expect that with 46% alcohol content. Here I am very happy that the whisky does not have an even higher alcohol content, although the intensity of the aromas could be even more present. But then the sharpness on the tongue would simply be too intense. Strong pepper and a chilli heat ensure a tingling sensation in the entire mouth. After swallowing it, it gets even more peppery and hot ... I have to double-check that it's actually only 46%. The dark fruits are now much more subtle than on the nose. The peppery spiciness clearly sets the tone here and passes the scepter to the tannins of the oak barrel. Coffee, a little liquorice, a little bit of salty dark chocolate, leather and tobacco ... very successful tannins, but there is no play partner at eye level in the form of a slightly more present sweetness and fruitiness. These vibrate in the background, but what was still a balanced team in the nose loses its balance in the mouth. For me personally, the bunna in my mouth cannot do what the nose promises.

    As announced in the taste, the finish is dominated by the tart and spicy notes. I still have black pepper, leather, a slightly wet forest floor, a little salty liquorice. The sweetness and fruitiness can still be guessed in the background, but the finish clearly goes in the bitter direction and here too I would have preferred a little more fruit sweetness. But I have to emphasize that the tannins turned out really well.

    I'm curious to see if a few drops of water will take the heat out in your mouth. The nose stays terrific even with water, in the mouth the bunna becomes a little softer, but it lacks the fullness and intensity of the aromas. Still, I have to say that the whisky made a strong impression on me overall. While the bunna was still really inspiring in the nose, it was also good in the mouth, but for me personally it cannot keep up with the great rating for the variety of flavors when smelling.

    I got 89/100 points.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. Mapl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

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