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Bunnahabhain 28-year-old Wy

Overall rating
89.87/100
votes
487
Whiskybase ID
WB175324
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Wemyss Malts (Wy)
Bottling serie
Untold Riches
Vintage
1987-1991
Bottled
2020
Stated Age
28 years old
Casktype
28x Hogsheads & 3x Sherry Butts
Number of bottles
6500
Strength
49.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
"Bunnahabain" without "h" (No h statement)
Barcode
811929030548
Added on
25 Jan 2021 1:15 pm by brummie
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

£ 271.16

171 × in wishlist

487 × member ratings

1586 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 28-year-old Wy

118 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.87 points

  1. JFX did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    The incorrect spelling of 'Bunnahabain' on the box and the bottle makes me a bit uneasy :D

  2. Uisgebea scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    The good material costs around a fair € 169.00.

    It is your own fault who pays more. As a gamer you can try that) -:

    The fact that some official dealers take part is outrageous and I remember and boycott each of them for life!
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  3. Totoro scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    It's weird: both the negatives (it's somewhat incongruous, as if the sherried and bourbon-matured components didn't quite mesh) and the positives (it's very complex and parts of it are clearly older than 30 years) can be traced back to the same root cause: this is a vatting of a large number of casks, and while this adds diversity of aroma + flavor, it also makes for a bit of a jumbled impression. Surely it would've been better without the sulphuric sherry butts. But then again, an all-bourbon bottling would've missed some fruity, nutty depth... Can't have the good without the bad, I guess.

    Judging from how it behaves in the glass, this should benefit mightily from aeration in the opened bottle.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Definitely a touch of sulphur upfront, most likely from one (or several) of the sherry butts: gunpowder, struck matches. Luckily, this impression fades a bit with more time in the glass. Up next are the typical old-age ex-bourbon Bunna aromas: old, dusty, leather-bound books, a worn, grimy, leather armchair, something like sack cloth (or hessian), a waxy / oily / greasy texture and maritime salinity. The leftover fruitiness is subdued and of the sweet-and-sour variety: sugared redcurrants, perhaps, and a stray strawberry or two. It's also slightly musky, with a hint of bergamot. You can tell this is going on 30 years, for sure, and once the sulphur has subsided (or been faded out by the sensory apparatus/brain), it's quite lovely. Definitely on par with – if not better than – Wemyss's other old-Bunna venture, the Velvet Fig 25. Keeps improving more and more the longer it sits in the glass.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Quite fresh and zingy to start with, even a bit brash and peppery – not sure if I would call it hot, but it's close. Lemon, menthol, tiger balm, play dough, pickled ginger, preserved peaches, herbal honey, olive brine, sea salt. Very faint red fruits.

      [edit / update:] Once some air has had the chance to work its magic on the half empty sample bottle, the palate improves by at least a point (had it at 88 initially). The heat is pretty much gone, and the sweetness is dialed up. 89 points now, and I imagine it may well reach 90 with even more time + air.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Savory, salty, herbal, sweet-and-sour, with exotic woods, a slightly "dirty" tang, plus spices like cardamom and clove and a nice, mellow fruit juice vibe.

  4. erwinnlim scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    This is without a doubt good, well aged, sherry influenced whisky. What makes it even better is the price point. At sub £150, I never thought I would see the day. The ABV is ideal as well as it managed to both carry intense flavour at good drinking strength. Value (£140) : 7/10
    • Nose
      The sherry butts used here have definitely left a significant impact. Not overwhelming in any sense but it definitely makes itself known. Tart red berries, lovely figs and juicy plums. Rhubarb pie. Dark, almost burnt caramel and some milk chocolate. A touch of sulphur I find, but nothing off-putting. Then, plenty of old oak aromas come through. Dried tobacco leaves leave a drying sensation in the nose. Old dark leather and dusty cupboards even. Ginger spice and a squeeze of lemon. Light salinity throughout as well. The intensity of flavours on the nose is very impressive I must say.
    • Taste
      More of the same here please and thank you. So well balanced on the palate. The texture is oily and mouth coating. Sweet malt. A continuation of the sherry influence with juicy plums and dried sultanas. Some wet rocks hit with waves of light sea breeze. Bittersweet chocolate covered orange peels. Some almonds. Honey and Demerara sugar brings it all together and then a freshly cracked black pepper heat builds.
    • Finish
      The finish goes on and on. The drying tobacco returns. Gingerbread. I get something savoury here as well, like cured meats but not quite as forward. Hints of mint and dark cocoa appear. That saline characteristic combined with red and yellow fruit is present throughout.

  5. AngeloMerten scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    This bottling is exactly what I want as a connoisseur. Very good whisky, at a very good price (~ 200 euros). With this Vatting Wemyss wanted to thank his followers and put a grin on our faces. Such a bottling is more than welcome in these days when prices are going crazy. With 6500 bottles everyone gets a piece of the cake, whether collector or consumer. Not a world class whisky, but finally one that delivers what it promises without leaving a hole in your wallet. Thanks Wemyss

  6. Noface83 scored this whisky 93 points Specialist

    A straight 1! Rarely give such high ratings, but this old-style wooden bomb deserves it. Exactly my taste and when you consider that some 10 year old dark, boring sherry bombs already cost 100+ EUR you can even talk about a bargain at the issue price of 169, - EUR. Everyone should have tried a malt that the modern whisky drinker might not like because of the intensive oak felling and the complexity.
    • Nose
      93 93
      After pouring and leaving it to stand for a while, sweet fruity notes like orange or quince jam rise into the nose, a touch of elderberry jelly, and an intense woody aroma.
      Let's bring the glass to our nose: the sherry becomes clearer with figs and hints of nuts, there is also a slight earthy "dirtiness" or subtle umami note, a very delicate sulfur is also hidden underneath, the sweetness is now transformed into golden honey, but above everything there is a clear oak note like in an old oak cabinet that was only newly polished a few days ago. With a little time and patience, a light salty butter aroma and malt vinegar will come through. The fruit note of orange and fig comes through again and again and, together with the oak, is the dominant aroma in the nose.
      Really great, mature, multi-layered and a bit old-school.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Oily but slightly tingling, first a lot of malt, caramel and dusty oak, then there are dry Oloroso notes of fig and walnut, but also light fruits (apricot, quince) and honey sweetness. With the second sip, mushy banana joins it and a pinch of salt is also there and intensifies the dry mouthfeel.
      Similar to the nose but not quite as complex - still very good and the high alcohol content ensures that the aromas are very intense.
    • Finish
      95 95
      The finish is very long - only confirms the aromatic first impact on the palate with the malt and salty caramel note, then the dry sherry and oak take the lead. There are also mineral notes and again a slight "earthiness" that I already had in my nose. Really dry with a lot of leather, some dark chocolate and strong oak. Again and again there is a little honey swinging here, with a hint of banana but it remains quite woody. and if you think there is nothing new to come, the fig and the salt fight their way forward again. This mixture of fig, salt water and dusty oak then stays in the mouth and throat for an almost indefinite period of time.
      Ingenious - whisky is made precisely for such moments - heavenly.

  7. SeWuWhisky scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    What a great malt. For its age and quality, it is really a good price. Does not need any water and is perfectly matched.

    Nas: sweet, light after caramel, dried fruit, shortbread, plums, dates, light salt note, subtle leather note beautiful complex and there is certainly more to discover.
    Mouthfeel: Excellent and mild, slightly dry, medium heavy
    Taste: Spicy, fruity, banana, clove, again slightly salty,
    Finish: cloves, slightly sweet, a little spicy, oak

  8. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This new Bunna expression was released for a VERY fair price! Unfortunately flippers are present right away which is very poor. If you got this bottle for it’s original releaseprice (somewhere around €170-190 depending on which country you live in, consider yourself lucky. A bottle of this age and quality for this price, is extremely rare these days. Let’s have a look if this whisky can meet up with it’s high expectations for me.
    • Nose
      My god this is good...no wait.. it’s fantastic! What a sensational nose! It offers a great musty, dusty, classic Bunna nose! Very well matured, perfectly balanced and extremely well layered on the nose. It offers a wide palate of flavors. I absolutely dig it! It gives a silky feeling to my nose. I get red berries, bramble and sweet but earthy plums. A little later I get burnt sugar, nutmeg and chocolate milk. Old quality sherry casks that have been used for decades reveal a sophisticated layer of oak influence with even some fresh herbs and quality cigar leaf. Old leather and antique furniture complete a very complex and astonishing nose! What a great lively treat this is.
    • Taste
      Thank God the high quality continues on the palate! A lovely silky and mature mouthfeel which completely coats the palate. Sweet, dry and also a wee bitterness but nothing short of terrific.. dark chocolate in a way very pure way. The kind that almost feels crumbly in your mouth because of the high cocoa. I get sultana cookies with Forrest fruits. Also there is some mineral like flavors inhere. A bit like chalk candy (Dutch thing). Orange and orange peel but also some raspberry. What an exciting palate this whisky offers.
    • Finish
      Close to being endlessly long. I get sugared bread. After eight chocolate (medium dark chocolate with mint stuffing). There are some bittersweet dried herbs and something like pomelo (sweet&sour tropical). A layer of aged meat gets through as well. The palate really got coated by all it’s flavors. There is a typical bitter-dry flavor in the finish that I can’t seem to get my hands on.. I’ll get back to that.

      This dram really answered every expectation I had plus a little extra. Fantastic stuff!

  9. hs305 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    [June, 2021] A quick review of a sample...

    .. which is unfortunately sulphur-spoiled - not too extreme but at a level which is not pleasant to my taste buds. If you are not sensitive to sulphurous flavours this is probably okay, but if you own the sulphur gene (like me) I suggest you should shy away from this bottling.

  10. DermitdemWhisky scored this whisky 93 points Member Junior

    What a beast for that price. Well rounded old Bunnahabhain, won´t get much better for 170€~ imo.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

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