Overall rating
Single Malt
deinwhisky.de (DW)
Bottling serie
Lost Bottles Collection
Calculated age
32 years old
Sherry Cask
57.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
05 Jun 2019 11:36 am by McBeck
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 389,00

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13 × member ratings

20 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 1978 DW

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.55 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    This old Bunnahabhain is extremely complex and varied. Old and dignified, full of character and always good for surprises. Right now, creamy butter flakes stick with a few drops of grapefruit on the tongue, old walnuts are smoked and the wonderful aroma of slightly rotten wood returns. A great bottling, I like it very much! On a water addition I renounce today consciously, because the Bunna from the year 1978 even without water has a lot to tell me and wonderfully smooth spread on the tongue ...
    On the topic of sulfur: I personally do not like typical sulfur notes. In this bottling, I tend to associate sulfur with musty forest soil, decayed wood, and sulfurized fruit. Here I find the "sulfur note" rather than enrichment and positive.

    23/23/23/23 (92P)
    • Nose
      Old straw with a silken orange glow shines in the glass. On the glass wall of my Premium Snifters sticks a tough streaks of the occasional small thick drops and stick eternally to the glass wall. Old oranges and apricots stand out with a subtle peat note powerful from the glass, slightly musty comes to decayed and wet forest floor to advantage. Gradually, the relatively high alcohol content of volume and tickles slightly in the nose. A minimal hint of sulfur dissolves from dried grapes and berries, subtly maritime hints come in the form of salty sea water and a few algae to the fore. The nose is more and more of floral, slightly grassy nuances before then again sulfurized raisins and darker Sherryaromen push into the foreground. Caramelized sugar combines with hints of peat smoke, dried tobacco leaves and echoes of cedar spread creamy, here and there shows milk chocolate and toffee. Slowly, the old and dignified Sherrynase stimulates my saliva, I look forward to the first sip!
    • Taste
      Powerful, the first sip flows over the tongue. Wet forest soil, resinous spruce ends sharp and prickles on the tongue. White pepper heats the palate and tongue with an unusual spice blend, while old walnuts and hard caramel are ensnared by subtle peat and smoke notes. Slightly salty, dried apricots and zests of old oranges appear, minimal citrus fruits are in the air. The second sip is carried by slightly smoky peat flavors in combination with dried fruits creamy throughout the mouth area. Again, caramelized sugar and milk chocolate come to the fore, spicy wood tones end pleasantly sharp on the tongue and clothe the palate with supple warmth. The subtle sharpness gradually fades, a short chilli-catch flashes, moldy forest soil mixes with brine and chocolate. Appearances of tobacco dissolve from walnuts and dry wood tones, fruity freshness rises, grapefruit and a few drops of lemon give the slightly smoky and minimal peaty mouthfeel a harsh impact.
    • Finish
      Chubby warm dark fruit notes with decayed woody notes voluminous through the palate. Fruit plays with sweetness, old walnuts end in musty decayed brushwood and forest soil, citrus fruits and a hint of menthol give the finish a fresh and tart touch. Smoky hints, salt, chocolate, caramel ... in the end the complete impressions of the nose and the taste are reflected. Gorgeous!

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2019] To most malt drinkers Bunnahabhain was the Cinderella among the Islay distilleries but it produced some great drams all the times (that is why the Ileach themselves prefered to drink Bunna). Funnily, it got hyped the very moment when it started to produce rather dirty and heavy stuff - which was not a strategy but happened out of desperation because they could not afford to buy high-quality casks due to budget restrictions by their then owners. This dram was distilled way before that and I expect something excellent...

    ...but unfortunately it is spoiled with sulphurous notes (matches, fireworks). How can this be in a vintage 1978? The practice of burning sulphur candles inside sherry casks to prevent them from rottening started not before 1982 when Spain joined the EU. So most probably this whisky matured in a rather inactive cask and was re-racked into a sherry cask much later (they did this regularly after the millennium at Bunnahabhain) but why did they use a sulphur-spoiled one? Luckily, the sulphur is not that strong and somewhat bearable but still it is unpleasant. Too bad...
    • Nose
      78 78
      The colour is old gold and the nose is a little punchy first (57.1% abv) so I let it breathe for some minutes. Oops, now the smell of hell pops up and grows stronger - so it buries all other aromas completely. I do not like that, sorry folks!
    • Taste
      84 84
      The taste is not that heavy spoiled with sulphur notes and the sherry and malt flavours shine through the devil's ingredient. Still it is not really enjoyable to me but it is drinkable, at least. Water reduces the sulphur in the nose but strengthens it on the palate - so I like to nose this dram reduced to about 43% abv and prefer to drink it at about 50% abv (using two glasses).
    • Finish
      81 81
      The whisky arrives hot and coating on the palate with the typical scurfy mouthfeel of sulphurous drams. The finish is long and turns quite bitter-astringent what vanishes upon reduction somewhat, luckily. But this is not my kind of dram...

  3. dRambo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    intense dirty malt, but does not really look like a ü30 Malt - maybe a little active barrel - on the other hand he has me a bit too much bitterness

    reminds me more of a Ledaig than a Bunna - no Bunnagene, but tarerig dirty notes that also delicately remind of Kuhstall
    • Nose
      87 87
      dirty nose for a Bunna - sulfur, Böllernoten, very waxy, very intense orange and orange oil notes, gingerbread, lilac, jasmine
    • Taste
      86 86
      Mint, chili, citrus zest, orange: (fruit, peel, oil) tar, tobacco, oil, leather, shoe polish, tree sap, green bark, vanilla pudding
    • Finish
      85 85
      herb, herbs, sage, bitter substances, very strong warming - needs some water here otherwise he is too alcoholic - water makes him a little creamier, but bends the nose off

  4. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  5. GIngi scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80


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