Bunnahabhain 2001

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Feis Ile 2021
Calculated age
19 years old
Marsala Finish
Number of bottles
53.6 % Vol.
30 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
2188109L5 21020
Added on
17 May 2021 8:33 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 368.72

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66 × member ratings

229 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 2001

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.38 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. Archer scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Phew, I expected something else. The sulfur impression from the nose and the palate can still be booked as an interesting aroma aspect, but the thin back taste and the lean finish cannot be disputed. Too bad.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Starts right away with dark, barrel-heavy aromas: damp and scruffy wooden shelves in a musty and musty cellar that urgently needs to be well ventilated. Sulfurized raisins, dried dates and figs, overripe grapes and blackberries. Lovage and nutmeg add flavor, and here and there the sulphurized raisins shine through quite clearly.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Intense, strong and very spicy initial contact with the tongue. At first it looks as if it has a certain creaminess, but that is deceptive when you taste it closer. Dry wood without the mold and the mustiness from the nose, but with a little more pronounced sulfur. Dark chocolate, raisins, dried figs and dates, leather. Frays relatively quickly, becomes increasingly thinner and only lays a soft, shimmering touch of spice on the tongue.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Shockingly short for a 19yo, which was already hinted at in the taste. A little pepper, a little nutmeg, a few raisins - and a curtain.

  3. rich_93 scored this whisky 84 points Newbie

    A solid dram - for 199£ I would expect a lot more though! It lacks the depth, complexity and intensity of experience that I would expect for that money. Strongly recommended to taste before you buy!

    The nose is fairly soft with a slight alcohol prickle. Creamy vanilla, blackberries, prunes, hint of soft floral honey, sea air, soft oak with a resinous nuance. Glace cherries, dry cocoa, white pepper, hints of orchard fruit (apricot). Lemon curd.

    On the palate - fortified wine. I don't get a sense of the Marsala cask being well integrated with the spirit, rather it feels like someone's put wine in my whisky - it's a bit too obvious. Still, it's a tasty enough dram. Nice acidity and sweetness, followed by some spice. Vanilla, prunes, raisins, walnuts, cherries, dark chocolate.

    Overall a disappointment - however, seeing the prices for some of the other Feis Ile releases this year (160£ for a 13 yo Lagavulin, anyone?) the pricing is on trend. It's very easy for distillers to get lazy when we don't open our bottles..

    On a positive note, I've grabbed the comparatively reasonably priced 18 year old Oloroso cask Bowmore, haven't tried it yet but hoping for some redemption.

  4. Ocko_tom_Brook scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    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!

  5. 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.

  6. zzs0529 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    A large platter of smoked fire-roasted fruits?
    • Nose
      83 83
      Smell: Very tropical fruit, mango, pineapple, green plum, honey and dried fruit. Some breakfast jams are a collection of flavors. Why do I smell a little white wine?
    • Taste
      83 83
      Entry: a strong sense of alcohol, tropical berries and strawberries, as well as honey and maltose, accompanied by a tangy texture of tannins;
    • Finish
      84 84
      Ending rhyme: long tannins, leather and some roasted meat, and the aroma of star anise and nutmeg.

  7. Nikilema scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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

  8. man2392 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nose: varnished wood, turkish apricots, kumquat marmalade, cloves, poached quinces and finger limes
    Palate: macerated strawberries, liquorice root and sweet tea
    Finish: honey syrup, oranges in caramel, treacle toffee, almond brittle and beech nuts

    With water
    Nose: gum arabic, padded envelopes, rolling tobacco, rosewater locum, rosehip
    Palate: deglet nour dates, tamarind paste and pomegranate molasses
    Finish: verjus and warming spices, orange wine

  9. the_muskox scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    A luxurious whisky. There’s a good amount of marsala, but it’s very well-balanced with the nutty and creamy Bunnahabhain spirit. The nose is intoxicatingly layered, the palate is rich and decadent, and the finish is long but keeps things from getting too sweet.
    • Nose
      Sweet and herbal. Dried mango, black cherries, plums, orange marmalade, and a bit of a funky overripe fruit note emerging as it sits in the glass. Musty dried herbs, oregano, fenugreek, slightly vegetal, and a tiny bit of dill? Rich sweetness of vanilla and roasted almond. Rich woodsy spice notes of garam masala, earthy smoked chilis, and loads of dried chocolate. A big of a sourdough malty note. Slightly floral, like green-floral. Intoxicating. It gets more floral with the addition of 4 drops of water.
    • Taste
      Thick texture. Sweet strawberry jam, stewed plums, and creamy vanilla on the arrival. Very rich on the development: Black Forest chocolate cake, thick vanilla crème, and plums. Warm oak spices of clove and cinnamon. There’s a rich dunnage-warehouse musty earthiness, black tea, and fragrant black pepper.
    • Finish
      Long and off-dry. Old musty oak, tobacco, and earth. More woody/floral spice notes of cardamom, nutmeg, bay leaf. Honeycomb, dark chocolate, and cooked sugar. Iced coffee with milk. Plums and black cherry soda.

  10. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Quite sharp nose when initially poured, but it mellows and darkens quickly with a bit of air and a few drops of water. Then you get a rich, nutty nose, with plenty of dark and ripe fruits/berries, oak, old leather, damp warehouse and a hint of salty sea air. Fairly strong cask influence, but the classic Bunnahabhain DNA still manages to make its presence known. Despite the initial impression, given time this is clearly a well-aged malt where the cask has enhanced the experience. The cask and spirit don’t seem to blend so well on the palate, where there feels like an ongoing battle between them. Likewise, the finish is relatively short and sweet, without the lingering presence I normally get from this distillery. A dram of mixed success in my book.


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