Overall rating
Single Malt
Creative Whisky Company (CWC)
Bottling serie
The Exclusive Malts
Stated Age
04 years old
Number of bottles
57.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
18 Dec 2010 7:45 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 69.99

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Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 2005 CWC

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.50 points

  1. GlenSikkes scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Serge says;

    Bunnahabhain 4 yo 2005/2010 (57.7%, Exclusive Malts, cask #28, 257 bottles)  My, this is young! Colour: Nose: well, it’s young but it’s very nice, very fresh, earthy, peaty, with a sherry that’s much, much more silent. Is there any sherry? Some peated apple juice with a few roots thrown in and traces of both medicinal and maritime ‘stuff’. To be honest, it does feel like some young Ardbeg at times. With water: sea, smoke and damp earth. Compact and of course not immensely complex, but this is a good example of a malt that just didn’t need time’s outrage. Ahem. Mouth (neat): once again, little sherry if any, rather a kind of candied peat that’s extremely likeable. Wonderful medicinal notes, throat lozenges (cough, cough), wormwood, touches of pear drops… Very superb despite the very young age, although I wouldn’t say it reeks of maturity. Well… With water: just perfect. Would beat many 12yos if you ask me. Sweet peat… Finish: long, maybe a little too one-dimensional now, but the cleanliness is rather impressive. Comments: oh how I hate to give a highish score to such a young baby! Yeah, just trying to be smart… ;-) But where’s the sherry, I ask you? SGP:346 - 87 points.

  2. Einfach_Supi scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Anticipated. I always enjoy this malt with water

    Very fine, peaty nose, some fruit, sugared redcurrants, grassy malt and a hint of harbor basin on a hot summer day.

    Ham smoked in the mouth, slightly peppered and caramelised. The peat becomes more dominant. In the finish then comes cherry jam and quite a long time the sweet peat.

    A young wild Bunna, fascinated by his awesome peat aroma. After 4 years less fruit, but the Brennereicharacter is already there. Always delicious and worth 87 points.

  3. didi1893 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A young and wild Islay who embodies the power of Islay. Great malt!
    • Nose
      Fine but intense peat with a subtle smoky note. Slightly sweet and fruity, you can tell the young age. The Bunna is young and impetuous.
    • Taste
      The first sip is fruity with a fine peat note. Suddenly the full force of violent peat hits me. It bizzles and burns in my mouth. A little bit of water makes the Bunna appear more harmonious. Nevertheless, his youth and outrage can be noted. Spicy wood joins the intense peat.
    • Finish
      Of course peat! The finish is long and fierce. Slight sweetness comes from the peaty note. Pleasant sharpness arises.

  4. KayMeertens scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Too sour, too corrosive, too sharp. For me, the pleasant notes are completely overshadowed by these characteristics. Probably a longer maturation would have brought a better balance to this whisky.
    These notes were made as part of a blind tasting. Nevertheless, it was apparent that this was a very young cask strength whisky. Hadn't recognised this to be a Bunnahabhain.
    • Nose
      Sour and salty, with a peachy fruitiness through it. Moist marlstone and smoked ham. Also a slightly chemical whiff of disinfectant.
    • Taste
      Sour, a bit too sharp. An aggressive, corrosive mouth feeling. Spicier than the nose, with peat soil and peach in the background. With a drop of water the saltiness becomes more dominant.
    • Finish
      Sour and sweet-salty. Still a bit cautic. In the long run, the peaty soil notes remain.

  5. aby scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    HWF VBT-3 sample 1 unbelievable that this is a 4-year-old whisky, it had itself at 12-15 years. Tasty ripe banana and citrus in the nose, plenty of spicy taste. Thought himself that this was a Laphroaig, but a very young Bunna. 85p.

  6. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    N: ripe banana, citrus, iron and some gun powder
    T: perfume, iodine and pepper
    F: pepper en honey
    HWF VBT-3 sample 1 tasted with Aby

  7. Otje scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Blind Tasting notes:
    HWF VBT-3 sample 1 Tasty peat bomb!

    Glass: Schott Zwiesel Whisky N & T glass.

    View: Gold-yellow, slow-running legs arise from fine pearls after swirling.

    Nose: Solid peat / phenol, peppery, citrus, some caramel / vanilla.

    Taste: Catches sweetly, some apricot (?), Quite peppery; presumably CS, salty, quite a bit of phenol / carbol; peat, hint of vanilla and caramel; refill oak cask.

    Finish: Medium to long, smooth, peaty smoke, malty, sweet, bitter, later still more phenol that lasts for a long time.

    General: Tasty, fine peated whisky that, after comparison with similar, has a striking malty.
    Score 86

  8. Lafroy scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Bourbon sweetness, sourness mixed with peat, sea breeze, light salt, something very fresh, young and reminding of young Lagavulin. Additionally, you´ll find oak mixed with light wood varnish.
    • Taste
      Taste is relatively heavy, powerful in peat, with strong alcohol, a lot of salt and heavy pitch smoke, as well as a lot of burning sensation, rubber, tar paper, sea sand and a lot of spices. with white pepper.
    • Finish
      Very long, very intensive, burning, filled with pepper as well as powerful peat and spirit. Additionally, a lot of salt.


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