Overall rating
89.02/100
votes
68
Whiskybase ID
WB146718
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Wemyss Malts (Wy)
Bottling serie
Heather and Leather
Vintage
1987
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
31 years old
Casktype
Butt
Number of bottles
551
Strength
41.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
18 jan 2020 9:26 am by JoWe
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 362.97

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96 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Bunnahabhain 1987 Wy

14 users have left 14 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.02 points.

  1. Totoro scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    All the ingredients for a great whisky are in place, but the combination of low strength and tired cask really hampers this one.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Natural apple juice aged in tired sherry wood? No, a typical old-age Bunny: tangy, saline, herbal, slightly grassy, waxy/oily, leathery – and indeed heathery. Some will be disappointed that this one is not as heavily sherried as other late-80s Bunnahabhains from Wemyss have been, but I like that the restrained maturation has left plenty of space for the distillate to unfold on its own. It's just a bit too soft at this (very low) cask strength of of 41.7%.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Appropriately soft attack, but it really picks up after the mid-palate. Apple compote with cinnamon and nutmeg, all the trademark old-Bunna waxes and oils, hessian, camphor, radish, rose pepper. Really not a lot of sherry, only the mildest of refill flavors. Toward the end, there's a citric lift that almost feels as if this had been ever-so-slightly carbonated (which of course it hasn't). Prickly and softly acidic on the tongue at this point. Lovely flavors throughout; it just barely misses the 90-point mark due to the low strength and a flavor development that could've been a tad longer.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Low-strength old Bunnas *can* have an amazing finish (see Elixir Distiller's "Marriage of Casks" bottling for instance), but this one sadly hasn't. Yes, a sense of the age remains on the palate for a good while, but the real substance of the flavors fades almost immediately. Sigh. However, what's left over is still so delicious that it's hard to score this any lower.

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  3. ThorstenH scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Issie describes it very well. Really different flavors, and interesting. Somehow, however, the sweet and strong aromas fight against each other on the nose. In the mouth it becomes more harmonious. Typical aromas of 80s whiskys. Slightly acidic on the finish.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. hzs275 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  5. bankimate scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  6. Spoerkel scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Typical nut and vanilla aromas. Age appropriate oily. This bottling could also fit into the core range. However, this whisky would benefit from a little more strength than 41.7%.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. jkswift scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Hay, straw, grass, lemon ice cream, orange peel, nuts, a full load of wood, freshly cut twigs, then a whole fruit basket, apricot, gooseberry, mango, melon, banana, tangerine from a can, honey, wax, lemon, lime, physalis ,
    • Taste
      Apricot, dried apricot, physalis, mango, gooseberry, lime, grapefruit, nuts, white coffee, wood

  9. ctu scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. Dris scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  11. valasios scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Needs more ABV to be perfect.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  12. GIORGOS scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  13. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  14. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sweet; strong floral note; Pagan; Vanilla; Herbs and spices; Malt; a beautiful, old woodiness; Tobacco leaves and wet old leather sofa; a sweet nut swings in the background;
    • Taste
      mild at first; then strong on the tongue; nice spice; clearly leather; something sweet always comes through; strong nut; beautiful spices; dark chocolate and brown molasses; always light herbs and tobacco, worn by intense leather; slightly bitter wood notes, but not unpleasant; peppery, spicy sharpness on the tongue
    • Finish
      roasted nuts; warm; long; light citrus and herbs; nut again; Leather, dry fruits; minimal sulfur;

  15. Northern&Isles scored this whisky 98 points Expert Senior

    Great old barrel-ripened Bunnahabhain that is still strong in barrel.
    Very tasty and complex.
    The heath, honey and floral notes are emphasized, rather less fruity.
    And then rather light and lighter fruits and berries.
    At the same time very nicely balanced and balanced with old leather, maybe a minimal hint of warm smoke or open fire / wood.
    It tolerates its age very well for this distillery without denying it and at the same time without overemphasizing it.

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