Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Whic Tarot - III. The Empress
Stated Age
12 years old
1st Fill Ex-Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
54.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
de Germany
Added on
14 Jan 2022 4:33 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 99.99

13 × in wishlist

6 × member ratings

102 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 2009 SV

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.25 points

  1. Official tasting note

    by whic.de

    The third card of the whisky arcana is finally revealed. Let us enter the circle of the initiated together. The Empress delights us with warming aromas full of cream and caramel, which come from the first filled sherry butt in which she was allowed to mature to become ruler. The third tarot card is known to have great power over people - so The Empress comes with a powerful taste.

    As soon as the heavy decanter is uncorked, the Bunnahabhain 2009/2021 enriches us with sweet notes. The substantial quality of this unique single malt whisky is reflected in the solid, high-quality cork and the hand-illustrated label. Everything fits together: the copper accents as well as the font are matched to the natural, uncolored copper tone of the whisky. The sweet sherry butt gave away 709 limited unique pieces to the ruler. You get a natural single malt without cooling filtering from the popular distillery Bunnahabhain. Unlike most Islay stills, Bunnahabhain is not known for its strong smoky notes, but for its perfect harmony with sherry barrels. This exquisite first fill sherry butt is truly worthy of a ruler! Let Islay's sensual sherry flavors dominate you.

    The Tarot Series - The Bunnahabhain 2009/2021 III. The Empress was specially selected by whic for the Tarot series and bottled by Signatory. Inspiration was provided by the 22 arcana of the Tarot. The whiskys come in heavy decanters and with large corks. All bottles have a unique, hand-illustrated label design, black tubes and a card tag carefully placed around the neck. These and other details perfectly set the mood for the mystical bottlings in it. With 22 single malts, the series creates a portal to a supernatural world of flavors. Discover for yourself which flavors the tarot cards have in store for you. Finally! A new tarot card is revealed. The ruler will convince you with sensual-sweet notes.
    • Nose
      Sweet syrup notes unfold right at the beginning. In addition, there is a hint of ash, which is cleverly complemented by floral aromas. Then the sweet notes with cream and caramel come to the fore again.
    • Taste
      The sweetness is also very present on the palate and is complemented by sour citrus notes and fine spice, which warms the mouth. Oak tannins show up in the form of leather and coffee. The Bunnahabhain The Empress convinces with a pleasantly oily mouthfeel.
    • Finish
      Very mild and nicely fruity.

  2. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Whisky still available at whic, but one user is already selling it for a "cheap" 149.00 euros on the secondary market. Shame yourself.

    You are welcome to sell the whisky for more money once whic has sold out at whic, but not before - that's rude!

    Original price €99.99.

  3. LundeStar scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Since the Bunni is unfortunately no longer available in cask strength, I bought the Empress from whic.de.
    After a first tasting I have to say it is worth every penny. A very fruity and, despite the high alcohol content, a mild Bunnahabhain. Great.

  4. eddi14 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Caramel, vanilla, cotton candy and some chili
    • Taste
      91 91
      Chewy Candy, Sherry, Vanilla, Spices
      Beautifully harmonious and complex.
      Unexpectedly mature for 12 years
      Not a sherry bomb.
    • Finish
      90 90
      A beautiful long finish with lots of spices and oak notes, as well as caramel.
      Some leather.

  5. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89


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