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Overall rating
86.88/100
votes
36
Whiskybase ID
WB166897
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Elixir Distillers (ElD)
Bottling serie
Elements of Islay
Vintage
2013 - 2015
Bottled
2020
Casktype
American Oak and Ex-Sherry Hogshead
Number of bottles
1896
Strength
58.4 % Vol.
Size
500 ml
Barcode
5060532809941
Added on
06 Oct 2020 9:56 pm by Gldflo
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 59.52

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Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain Bn8 ElD

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.88 points

  1. GlenSikkes scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Notes by producer:

    A marriage of casks of peated spirit distilled between 2013 and 2015, and aged from five to seven years in a combination of American oak and ex-sherry hogsheads, our eighth bottling of Bunnahabhain boasts fruity, savoury and peppery notes with a hint of bitter chocolate. 1896 bottles produced.

    Tasting Notes:

    Nose:
    Dark orange chocolate, under-sugared peach jam and shredded lemon verbena. Rounded out by nutty, mature cheddar.

    Palate:
    Smoked paprika and cumin spice marries with tart sweetness: apple drops and slightly burnt pear upside-down-cake. More pepperiness with crunchy ginger-nut biscuits and a drop of star anise oil.

    Finish:
    Weathered leather, raw cacao nibs and the prickle of Pimento pepper, toned down with Danish butter cookies.

  2. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 86 points Super Administrator

    Quick hit review.

    Elements of Islay, Bn8. Great presentation, but what about the whisky? The nose is fresh, vibrant and citric, featuring blueberries, orange peel and ginger. Water brings out more sweetness and there is virtually no peat. Intense flavors steer the palate: sour, peppery and slightly dry, accentuating green apples and citrus zest. Eucalyptus, tannins and bitter lemon remain in the medium finish. Tasted blind, who would have thought that this is a Bunnahabhain? Very solid quality, despite its young age.

    RATING: 3.9/5.0 stars ≙ 86 pts → FIRST-CLASS [-]

  3. peatbogger scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    Thanks to Slàinte Mhath for leaving the bottle.
    To me an unusual Bunnahabhain, but I found it very good.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Even though Bunna is not the most peaty Islay there is, this is probably the least peaty Bunna I've ever put my nose to.
      Maybe a soft neutral smoke.
      Orange peel oils. Prune compote and red jelly beans.
      It's not spicy on the nose, but you still catch that it's above average ABV.
      Water lifts the smoke a little... Smoke on the water???
    • Taste
      86 86
      Don't draw your breath too quick. It's not too hot in the mouth, but the fumes surprised me.
      Dark chocolate with a cherry filling.
      It takes to water like an oiled up Mark Spitz, which is to say it takes it without noticeable change and you would struggle to drown it.
    • Finish
      87 87
      This is fairly long and sticks for a while.
      Also a noticeable peppery spice.
      Sweet on a very nice cherry liquor note.
      Water reduces everything very slow and gradually, with the spice being the last to give in at about the 50/50 ratio.

  4. karloff scored this whisky 82 points Specialist

    This was a sample courtesy of Peatbogger and thanks to Slainte Mhath for sharing.
    I'm not a Bunnahabhain expert but this is far removed from what I have had in the past.
    • Nose
      82 82
      This does smell young but that is fine, I quite like the smell of young whiskies.
      Citrus hits first, orange peel or pith.
      You can actually smell the new make and lemon.
      I agree with others, I am also struggling to find any smoky notes.
      With water there is more lemon than orange.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Same with the taste, lots of citrus and spice and no smoke.
      This to me is more palatable and no need for water but I will try a little later just to see if it brings out the smokiness.
      With water there is no difference just slightly more palatable.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Not much change in direction but still long citrus and dry.
      With water the dryness just arrives later.

  5. HokkaidoUni scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Not overly complex but nice balance in a full flavored figgy sherried whisky
    • Nose
      88 88
      Nose: figs and raisins, cinnamon, molasses, brown sugar, butter, safflower oil, some wet leaves, a little prune, chocolate liqueur. With water a little more metallic
    • Taste
      87 87
      Palate: fig jam, coffees and chocolates, brown sugar. Nice with water a little less figgy a little more on chocolates and tobaccos
    • Finish
      87 87
      Finish: brown sugar, coffee

  6. Derufus scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. Tastingbros scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Full review here:
    https://tastingbros.com/2020/12/09/some-young-elixirs/

  8. Ninofdram scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  9. Cyril31 scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Chocolate and honey
    • Taste
      Chocolate and honey
    • Finish
      Vanilla, chocolate

  10. SherryDrone scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Keeping the price and age factors aside, if u try this whisky with an open mind, u will be pleasantly surprised. This one is quite good.

    Buttery, lemonish, baked bread and cookies, apples, mild chilli, very subtle smokey flavours more like smoked paprikas and bell peppers. A luscious very buttery feel. And rich chocolates. Almost like lemongrass on chicken. Medium finish with some spiced cookies.

    Lovely young Bunnahabhain this.

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