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Bunnahabhain 14-year-old

Overall rating
87.79/100
votes
91
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Warehouse 9 - Hand-Filled Exclusive
Vintage
18.02.2004
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
14 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Pedro Ximénez NOE Sherry Butt
Casknumber
555
Strength
54.8 % Vol.
Size
200 ml
Label
With both 13YO and 14YO on label, depending on tour guide.
Added on
26 Nov 2018 9:45 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 50.00

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Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 14-year-old

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.79 points

  1. Tauti scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Well guys first of all: It is not a finish it is a full maturation in a 1st Fill Ex-Pedro Ximenez NOÉ Butt.
    NOÉ? Yes exactly: Bottling of average 30 year old sherry. So you guys have finally a good ex-sherry cask and moaning like: "ooh so pale..."
    Colour does not matter. Have you ever nosed this dram outside of the warehouse 9 (at like 20°C)? It is an actuall sherry bomb.

    So you are asking why it is that pale from 14 years of maturation? PX NOÉ is matured in Criadera y Solera system and according to Bunnahabhain the cask was one of the ones in the system.
    So not that much colour in the whisky.

    https://www.cardenalmendoza.com/sites/default/files/2016-06/Cardenal_Mendoza_Solera-System-ESP.jpg

    So I would bet: If it would have the exact same taste but much darker everyone would be like: What a great sherry dram!
    Do not buy because of the colour - buy because of the taste!

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2019/05/14/feis-ile-2018-bunnahabhain-warehouse-no-9/

    From a PX NOE butt that had 30yo+ of sherry still inside. The Foz wonders whether the cask had seen any whisky before that. “Noe”, replies Tom.

    N: Toasted barley, slightly mouldy barley, candy, a farmy note,…
    T: Quite a narrow & astringent PX vibe with a delicious mouthfeel however.
    F: Nearly all PX save for a honeyed maltiness.
    C: There’s no drink like it, that I know of. Not quite whisky in my book, but technically it qualifies and it is delicious. Our scores ranged between no score and 86, but I feel I was scoring the quality cask and previous contents much of the time. So, not scored.

  3. Tauti scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    What I think about those people who rate the whisky due to its color, I have already mentioned elsewhere. But again to mention: This is a full maturation in PX NOÉ Butt and no finish.

    There was rarely a dram for me in which the color and the taste are so different *. And I think that's really great - especially because of its uniqueness. It does not exist off the shelf.

    * But wait, there was the completely overdyed Bowmore Black Rock - but that was the exact opposite :)
    • Nose
      Thick musty dusty sherry notes, dried fruits and nuts.
      After adding water, I briefly had a floral note in it, which disappeared quickly. Then more oranges and plums.
    • Taste
      Dried fruits are only clearer, such as dates and raisins. However, the alcohol is a bit too high for me.
      After adding water, I immediately have a gum in it, but also more wood and dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      The gum is quite prominent here, plus a vile PX note with raisins and dark fruits. A pleasant wood / dark chocolate touch remains.

  4. cfosterk did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    now a 14 year old as of 30 March 2018. very pale colour but definite PX influence 

  5. smoked_herring scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Tried this one from a bottle my friend brought back from his voyage to Bunnahabhain in 2018! Big thanks to him for letting me try this one!

    Color: Light Gold

    Nose: Super rich spirit-wise and sherry wise, lots of heavy vanillas, oily floral notes, orange oils, lemon rind, yellow plums, raisins, brown sugar, cinnamon stalks and ground ginger along with some light toasted hazelnuts and faint white pepper

    Taste: Very subtle, lots of sea salt, brine, lemon peel, orange fudge, earthiness milk chocolate, pepper, caramalized sugars and almond milk

    Finish: Long and warming with chocolate and orange fudge, yellow plums, sea salt, light pepperiness, raisins and tea leaves

    Such a weirdly light dram from the colour to the taste profile but it keeps a lot of the core older sherry flavours, almost reminiscent of an actual age stated Palo Cortado sherry, but with not as much pure brine and more focus on oily citrus fruits and caramel notes. Personally, I enjoyed the 12 Year Palo Cortado from 2019 a bit more but this one is still a really good whisky that pairs cask and distillate super well.

  6. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Toffee, red apple, peach and pastry.
    • Taste
      Toffee, cocoa, apple, orange and almond. Hazelnut when adding water.
    • Finish
      Toffee, apple and almond.

  7. DramGoodLife scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Poor and disappointing.
    • Nose
      little dirty on the nose. With time the campfire beach notes start to appear. Sweet vanilla creeping in, notes of a sandy beach with a grassy hill, it's definitely the UK seaside.
    • Taste
      dirty on the arrival, musky and stinky. Sulphur showing, little baby sick, but it is not awful. Salted vanilla, oily enough, creamy enough but the off notes continue. Slightly grassy.
    • Finish
      Vanilla, creamy, little dirty but likeable.

  8. d1scostu scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. rpvdwel scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

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