Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Small Batch
Stated Age
05 years old
3x Bourbon Barrels
Number of bottles
58.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
17 jun 2019 3:10 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 44.48

5 × in wishlist

50 × member ratings

78 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 2013 CA

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.94 points

  1. Official tasting note

    Nose: Oily and grassy with background peat. Very industrial. Some black pepper with fennel and lemon thyme. Becomes creamier.

    Palate: Dry ash, and then smoking hot oil, pear skins, whole limes, runny honey and a hint of mezcal.

    Finish: Drying smoke and then becoming oilier and giving way to creamy stuffed peppers and a hint of engine oil.

  2. Jackson05 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Blind sample.

    The perfect blind sample. Set aside your preconceived notions of what a 5 year old whisky should be and just let the whisky do the talking. And talk it did...really impressive for 5 years old. Very clean, no flaws at all. When I first shoved my nose into the glass there was little peat and the alcohol was very accessible (a very good sign in hindsight, that speaks to its quality). My first thought was Ardmore. Quickly it built and was a powerhouse, with my guess being Lagavulin 8. I waffled on Lagavulin 12 as a guess but it just seemed more brash. Either way it’s a great malt and proves these young peat bombs have a place.

    Brief notes would be: lemon oil, capers, nori, tar, asphalt, vanilla, shortbread, finish is long of course. Very good and recommended. Beats most Octomore in my opinion and at half the price...

  3. grinface scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    This is a delicious, young „in your face“ whisky. Certainly not overly complex, but completely clear and clean. I like that. Full review (in German): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2020/01/14/bunnahabhain-jung-unabhaengig-getorft-und-fassstark/

  4. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Young smokers can work really well, which is the case here for me. In addition, good ex-bourbon barrels. Everything great and a top PLV.
    • Nose
      Ui, a beautiful vanilla bomb, chalky, nice intense smoke, ashy, light peppery spice that supports the vanilla, maritime, some salt, iodine, and also some sweet peach
    • Taste
      creamy, intense spicy smoke, cinnamon, vanilla, sweet, but the mouthfeel is dry, some salt
    • Finish
      getting drier, chalky, cinnamon, vanilla, ashy smoke, then it gets fruity, again the peach

  5. andredavepon scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Rauchinger vanilla pudding. The nose is restrained at first. But opens gradually. Then comes the full load of vanilla and the tentative smoke.

    It goes straight to the point on the palate. The alcohol doesn't bite, it is pleasantly integrated. Vanilla dominate with smoke. The smoke is pleasantly "warm".

    Young smoky whiskys can be boisterous, but this one isn't. No missing notes.

    Very nice.

  6. Dutchdram scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      Big peaty and smoky notes. Some soil and grass too. Roasted peanuts, I like that! It turns a bit citrussy now. Lemon and lime zest. At the end medicinal. Think of an aid-kit and iodine.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Even more peat and smoke on the palate! But there are also some sweet notes. Like vanilla and dark chocolate. Not fruity at all actually. A nice note like campfire complements together with black peppers. At the end it turns salty and some dry oak.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Short to medium-long. It stays peaty for a short while. This pairs together with notes of vanilla, caocao and some soil.

  7. PeatSnatch scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very impressive for a 5 year old. Well balanced, yet powerful and its not hiding behind a sugar coated Sherry cask as we often see in younger expressions nowadays.

  8. bvrsky scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  9. JNuyts scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  10. dram-drinker scored this whisky 87 points Photo Moderator

    Iodine, vanilla, peat, smoke, fish, citrus, lemons, quite balanced
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  11. mer1973 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  12. detachedblue scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Very young and peaty, quite oaky, decent for a 5 year malt, sweet.
    • Taste
      Sweet, peach, oak water, a lot of pepper and yeast, big, very drying tannins.
    • Finish
      Long, peaty, oaky, fresh paint.


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