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Bunnahabhain 2014 SV - Staoisha

Overall rating
85.60/100
votes
51
Whiskybase ID
WB200535
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Storm-Kelpie - Made in the Maelstrom - Sea Shepherd
Vintage
20.10.2014
Bottled
2021
Stated Age
07 years old
Casktype
Dechar / Rechar Hogsheads
Number of bottles
3360
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
Kirsch Whisky
Added on
28 dec 2021 11:38 am by Malzbrenner
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 54.52

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Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 2014 SV - Staoisha

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.60 points

  1. aboutWhisky scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    A nice Staoisha from Signatory. It delivers exactly what is expected of it: strong Islay smoke and sea. In addition, a nice combination of sweet fruits and a strong portion of oak.

    https://www.aboutwhisky.de/tastingnotes/sea-shepherd-storm-kelpie-2014-2021-signatory-vintage/
    • Nose
      First with a clear campfire smoke and smoked bacon. Really fleshy at first impression. Behind the smoke hides an intense sweetness with caramel, a good portion of malt, as well as grain and vanilla. The whole thing is complemented by lush fruity notes of oranges, plums, pineapple, lemons and grapefruits. The oak is also noticeable and brings spicy notes of freshly cut wood. Enveloped in the smoke, maritime impressions of salty sea air also come to mind.
    • Taste
      As expected, the smoke right in the foreground. Here, however, less meaty and even with a slightly medicinal touch. This is followed by a sharp pepper/chili note that fills the entire mouth. After a few seconds, citrus fruits (lemons and oranges) assert themselves, as well as an intense, syrupy sweetness. I can also find malt and grain again. Then it gets spicier with oak, almonds and a touch of spice cabinet. The sweetness decreases and the taste becomes noticeably tart before the finish.
    • Finish
      Even the last remnant of sweetness fades. It dries quickly and the tart notes of oak with dark chocolate and nuts intensify. The smoke covers everything with its smoky note and lingers in the throat even after the other impressions have disappeared. Towards the end I also think I can feel a hint of sour citrus fruits.

  2. Bitzi scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Exciting whisky, cool story and a good cause! Not your typical Bunna, but good and easy to drink, smoke, sea, sweetness...

  3. Sporx scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Aroma
    Strong peat smoke, maritime, citrus fruit, caramel

    taste
    Powerful smoke, creamy, spicy, caramel, salt

    finish
    Medium length, smoke, spicy maritime

  4. dercaptain scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    I agree to the notes of aboutWhisky. That's exactly how I feel about the whisky.

  5. Auriverdes scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  6. kismartonid scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. geriud scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  8. glen efze scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Staoisha now appears frequently at the independent bottlings. Most of them are younger bottlings. Staoisha is the independently bottled heavily peated variant of Bunnahabhain. It is bottled by Signatory Vinatge for Kirsch Import.

    This whisky has a wild story that actually has nothing to do with the whisky. The whisky (everything? Never!) was transported by brave swimmers through the Corryvreckan, the sea whirlpool between Jura and Scarba. More importantly, Kirsch donates 10% of the proceeds to Sea Shepherd to help rescue the New Zealand Maui Define. Good thing! Good whisky?

    www.glen-efze.de
    • Nose
      Peaty Islay whiskys are in high demand and Bunnahabhain is one of the larger producers. And so this whisky starts on the nose with smoky notes, as expected. Bunnahabhain doesn't have a stinky phenolic smoke, instead it has a nice mineral-ashy smoke that's clear and clean, but still has a certain maritime character. I like this smoke - and the Storm Kelpie fulfills all expectations in terms of aroma. This is how Islay whisky should smell, rich smoke and behind it ripe fruit, apples, berries, some acidity.
    • Taste
      With 46% vol. the whisky has a good drinking strength, the start is comparatively weak, so the alcohol is almost too well integrated. The flavors could be pushed more by the alcohol. The remanufactured cask contributes some vanilla, the sweetness is there too. However, the flavors lack power.
    • Finish
      The finish is ok, the smoke keeps it present in the mouth - but the smoke could definitely get more support from more active wood and stronger fruits.

      The Storm Kelpie is in the league of Big Peats, Port Askaigs etc. - but has the better story and charity charm. In addition, it is also a good whisky. It's a bit too expensive, ok - but that's what money goes into Sea Shepherd's coffers. It's worth it.

      The Storm Kelpie is a delicious Islay drinking whisky. The story around it is ok if it draws attention and buyers. Luckily, however much of the whisky went through the Corryvreckan, it didn't affect the taste.

  9. Maltimizer scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Intense peat smoke and hay, extinguished fire, salted caramel, orange and lemon zest, granola
    • Taste
      85 85
      Oily, more caramel and coarse salt, black pepper and peat smoke, followed by some tobacco, orange and cinnamon
    • Finish
      83 83
      Long and intensely smoky, distinct spice, still salty and oppressive

  10. PanAroma0815 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  11. besar scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  12. Expraesi scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

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