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

€ 342.51

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42 × member ratings

188 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 2001

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.64 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 86 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
      88 88
      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
      85 85
      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 mildew and the mustiness from the nose, but with a little more obvious sulfur. Dark chocolate, raisins, dried figs and dates, leather. Frays relatively quickly, becomes increasingly thinner and only lays a soft, shimmering hint of spice on the tongue.
    • Finish
      84 84
      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. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    It's okay, I haven't found any major missing notes, but it doesn't knock me out either. Since the excellent Sauternes 2019 it has unfortunately been steadily downhill, but not with the price ;-) I definitely would not have bought the bottle (probably not even for a lower price)
    • Nose
      First of all, a gush of chocolate comes towards you, more dark than whole milk, also a fresher floral note, slightly iodine, a little sweet and sour berries, a dash of Maggie, very light Neapolitan, at times just grassy, some oak in the background, therefore drier slight spiciness, overall nothing really jumps into the nose except for the chocolate, overall quite pleasant, after the first sip the Neapolitans are enhanced by the taste impression, the roasted aromas had already been announced, much better now, creamier, the freshness suppresses But then over time it moves forward again, lime peel
    • Taste
      Straight dark chocolate, creamy, oily, good start, roasted aromas, nuts, Hanuta, but properly charred, quite dry, sweetness only flashes through briefly at the beginning, I briefly had rubber duck, this burnt impression runs through, tart berries very discreetly on the palate , second sip, really super creamy, otherwise really as if you had left a Hanuta in the oven for too long, the acidity of the berries is now stronger, slightly tart, here more lime juice
    • Finish
      Here it becomes lighter, apple, the nuts now without roasting, pleasant, slightly tart on the palate, but short and rather unspectacular

  7. gerbenblokker scored this whisky 92 points Member Junior

    My first feis ile, what a find , I really was impressed with the smell, i could just smell it all evening. There was no alcohol to worry about, i had waited one hour for my first sip. And it was sweet, nutty, intens, rounded,
    For me it is a top whisky. The aftertaste was so magnificent, all the taste notes were spot on
    • Nose
      92 92
      Wait an hour and the smell is getting more intense, i could sit with the glass all night without drinking it , but that would be a waste
    • Taste
      91 91
      Nutty, creamy leather, o so nice
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long lingering marsala taste just went on forever

  8. Kaywendi scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  9. LordBellamy scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    with water: it tolerates water well, becomes softer and fruity, the sweetness also comes into its own. He absolutely needs water!

    Conclusion: A bit disappointed at the beginning, what you get here for 200 GBP as Feis Ile bottling, but with a little time and a lot of water it becomes really nice, but it still doesn't take me with it - a shame
    • Nose
      red wine notes, blackberries, musty, old wood, leather, dried apricots, cigar box, vanilla, some pepper and a portion of salt, also some sulfur / rubber can be found
    • Taste
      soft start, not as oily as expected, relatively hot, pepper, a little salt, red berries, oak
    • Finish
      medium length, red fruit, ginger, oak (clove), leather and tobacco

  10. robse211 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86


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