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Bunnahabhain 2001

Overall rating
88.70/100
votes
13
Whiskybase ID
183675
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Feis Ile 2021
Vintage
08.10.2001
Bottled
19.01.2021
Stated Age
20 years old
Casktype
Marsala Finish
Number of bottles
1333
Strength
53.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
17 May 2021 8:33 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 159.00

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13 × member ratings

111 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 2001

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.70 points

  1. whiskybommel scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Unfortunately quite disappointing I have to say...
    Very modern style and quite alcohol-driven altogether.

    Firstly, I have much higher expectations when it comes to Feis Ile bottlings (no matter if it's a Virtual Feis or not) and secondly, the value for money ratio is not really the best, considering that this whisky is 19 years old and costs 199£...

    The nose felt really sour with notes of vinegar and overly ripe and sour fruits like orange and grapefruit. Additionally I found hints of nuts with a light sweetness and really bad, wet, rotten (almost mouldy) wood.

    The palate is very dry and alcohol forward. I had to add some drops of water directly after the first sip - that helped! There is a light sweetness with loads of dry wood. I also found some orange-chocolate with some light leather and some dark cherries. Altogether a bit one-dimensional and not too complex - but definitely better than the nose!

    The finish is again dry and quite spicy. It is medium-long with slight hints of leather and some metallic notes but altogether not very complex, too.

    Well, I have commented on the the overall impression in the beginning and am left a bit disillusioned because, for me, Feis Ile has always been a term signifying wonderful quality... 84 points from me for this Bunnahabhain Feis Ile 2021, Marsala finish.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  2. Ocko_tom_Brook scored this whisky 92 points Member Junior

    An initially cautious, but actually very varied and profound malt, which I like to add to my favorites - for me it was very successful - slàinte mhath!
    • Nose
      93 93
      At first quite subtle, it increasingly develops a bouquet of aromas that remind me of vanilla-intensive dark rum from Mauritius, even a bit of bananas! Thoughts of dried apricots, berry selection, a heavy dark port and a little tobacco force my mind. It is much more complex than initially thought - wonderfully multi-layered and profound!
    • Taste
      91 91
      At first I feel overwhelmed by a heavy, oily consistency with a pronounced sherry sweetness, a tingling sensation that increases to a pronounced pepperiness and at first my tongue is a bit numb. In terms of weight, it can take a few drops of water: the sweetness remains, the sherry too. Vanilla, a light nuttiness and a little oak are added, but finally also a little more pepper and, in my opinion, a touch of salt. With a few drops of water, I find it very tasty and varied! For me already an outstanding malt!
    • Finish
      91 91
      In the finish it retains the sherry sweetness, but oak and pepper also reverberate. A full, oily mouthfeel rounds off a special malt that I will enjoy with pleasure and more often!

  3. Hemdl scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Like the younger offshoot of this year's "virtual" Feis Ile a certain disappointment.
    Neither of them are bad malts per se, but you could hide them in every tasting under 4-5 bottlings from other bottlers and nobody would find them. No finesse, no class, no unique selling point. The latter is (once again) only reflected in the price.
    It's a shame, Bunnahabhain. You can definitely do better.

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