Bunnahabhain 18-year-old

Overall rating
87.45/100
votes
66
Whiskybase ID
WB204686
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Small Batch Distilled
Bottled
09.07.2020
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Ex-Sherry Casks
Strength
46.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
2128819 L5 xx:xx 20191
Barcode
5029704217373
Added on
15 feb 2022 6:03 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 198.47

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66 × member ratings

183 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Bunnahabhain 18-year-old

16 users have left 18 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.45 points.

  1. DrunkDude scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    scbp-6240, a delicate and light wine with a lot of alcohol stimulation, matured just to the level without grappa, but the stimulation similar to cheap vodka is obvious. Salt and mint are high, 18 years of flavor concentration, well, can only be described as wasted time. If you consider the price, it is a dispensable wine. By the way, the alcohol level is quite conscientious.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Untamed alcohol presented with millet spicy, honey, maltose, toasted wheat. White flowers and dried paper flowers, perceptible in sherry barrels, waxy citrus essential oil, alcohol salty. 85
    • Taste
      82 82
      It is still the taste dominated by distillation characteristics. Although the degree is reduced, the salt content is very high. A little bit of sherry vinegar, maltose, mint, a little bit of nuts, etc. are all prominent. The wine is young and exciting, like a new wine. p81b84
    • Finish
      80 80
      Peppermint, alcohol stimulation, slightly astringent, high salinity, not warm. 80

  2. WhatToDrink scored this whisky 73 points Member Senior

    It is ok.....once you get the sulfur out....
    Before removing sulfur: 73
    After removing sulfur: 85 (barely)

    Seriously, there was a petroleum/oil smell and taste of this one that was completely off-putting, covering up the sherry and complexity below it.
    There is nothing "coastal" about that at all, just bad quality-control.

    It amazes me that nobody is able to pick up on this, because it is right there!

    Yes, this is the exact bottle-code.

    Too bad....and it made me avoid this bottle and no, it did not get better with time. (open over 1.5 years)

    Finally, I decided to clean the crap out of this bottle and the proof is in the pudding; Copper turning dull and even blackened at the surface of the whisky after a couple of days. Untainted whiskies simply don't do that to copper.

    Result after removing the disgusting sulfur; A quite mild and easy drinking sherry style whisky. A bit thin on the palate, uncomplicated on the nose and straight forward.

    There are better 18 year old sherried whiskies out there, also for a better price.

    It is ok (just), but not a bottle I would buy again (for that price and especially when the QC is so bad that these tainted bottles slip onto the market)

    Yes, I gave it 73, not everyone knows how to clean up these bottles and have to struggle their way through it, that is not good enough!

  3. elipszis scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Glendronach's 18 y.o. opponent

    It is more rounded than 12 years old and has much deeper flavors in it.
    • Nose
      93 93
      marzipan
      walnut
      raisins
      sour cherries
      plenty of sherry!
      prunes
      onion jam
      toffee
      mint
      white pepper
    • Taste
      92 92
      powerful
      rum nuts
      salty
      white pepper
      plums
      oily
      rounded
      sherry
      onion jam
    • Finish
      92 92
      clove
      salt
      pepper
      long finish

  4. kramimatsimoto scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Nose pleasant. At first a bit of salt overload, after a short time it turns into beautiful dark notes with fruity aromas. Orange with raisins, lots of coffee. Delicate traces of old leather.

    A similar game on the tongue. Texture is a little disappointing. Not particularly oily. But pleasantly soft and intense on the tongue.
    Initially sweet and fruity with raisins and caramel, a nice bitter wave of coffee follows. Pepper breathes in

    The finish is good, long, but not particularly intense.
    Herbs are arriving - sorrel. It gets woody with nut flavors.

    Good whisky, unfortunately a bad PLV ratio.

  5. KB201 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A very impressive whisky that is definitely worth the high price.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Sweet with dried fruits, toffee, caramelized nuts and spices.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Sherry inauguration, European oak. Very oily. Spices, honey, strawberry, heavy red wine, walnut and red currant.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long finish, dry and fruity with sea salt.

  6. MaroFF scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Were it not for the too high price, I would have rated the SM much better. It has everything that should be aged for 18 YO. Malt, great aftertaste of plum jam, a bit of tobacco and strong sherry. The aroma may be a bit disappointing, because there are too many traces of alcohol, but later it is completely masked.
    Unfortunately, the whole thing makes a good impression, it lowers the high price. In my opinion, the price for this type and these qualities of this alcohol should be around the Highland Park 18 YO price.
    After all, I think I'll be tempted to buy the whole bottle, because I just like it.
    • Nose
      85 85
      strong sherry, raisins, apricots, slightly alcoholic, leather, young oak, a bit of honey and tobacco in the background
    • Taste
      86 86
      oily, sweet, plum jam, raisins, vanilla, slightly spicy, oak
    • Finish
      86 86
      not too long, oaky, again sherry, a warming tip with a hint of dark chocolate and plum jam

  7. SAND scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    APPEARANCE: Quite deep, medium brown colour. Very viscous with long thick legs running down the side og the glass.
    NOSE: Earthy notes, almost dusty, dark toffee, candied orange peel, orange marmalade, cocoa powder, old polished furniture, old (aged) liqueur cherrys or dark liqueur berries. A lovely and very "brown" nose. With time in the glass the dustiness, the dry orange notes and the cocoa powder become predominant. Suddenly a whiff of slowly fried bacon. Then butter. (89-90p)
    TASTE: The arrival is dry with ground pomerans and cocoa powder while at the same time round and viscous, almost a bit oily on the tongue. On the mid palate crushed lemon peel, ground ginger, old mixed citrus liqueur, over brewed tea, white pepper, toffee and quite a bit of sweetness,
    Viscous, oily mouthfeel. (90-91p)
    FINISH: Fairly spicy in a lovely way. Long. (88-89p)
    OVERALL: Dry and dusty like a library of old leather bound books. Lovely old school smells and tastes. Takes a little water nicely. TOTAL SCORE: 90 (89) points.

  8. ehelkur scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      92 92
      Nose: Sherried and fruity, with peaches, oranges and dried fruits like prunes. Then a medley of honey and dark chocolate, followed by nice subtle spices. Amazing nose. The peat notes are very subtle, perhaps coming from the water used.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Taste: So the nose promised, and it delivers on the palate. Sweet and a bit sour, prunes, sultanas, coffee. The development is more citrusy and with peach marmalade and dark chocolate. Then it becomes spicy. A very nice oily, full bodied and hot dram to be shared during the long winter evenings.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Finish: very long, with nice mouthfeel, quite sweet but turning into spicy with time.

  9. MLE scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  10. thewhiskeyjug scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Nuts, malt, dried fruit, malt and a bit of spice and citrus.

    Palate: Nuts, malt, dried fruit, malt and a bit of spice and citrus.

    Finish: Medium -> Dried fruit, malt and some nutty toffee.

  11. thewhiskeyjug scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Nuts, malt, dried fruit, malt and a bit of spice and citrus.

    Palate: Nuts, malt, dried fruit, malt and a bit of spice and citrus.

    Finish: Medium -> Dried fruit, malt and some nutty toffee.

  12. thewhiskeyjug scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Nuts, malt, dried fruit, malt and a bit of spice and citrus.

    Palate: Nuts, malt, dried fruit, malt and a bit of spice and citrus.

    Finish: Medium -> Dried fruit, malt and some nutty toffee.

  13. SwiftyMcVeigh scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Good sherry whisky with a coastal influence, which you can tell it's 18 years old. One should take some time for him.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Sea salt and coastal flavor. Raisins, sour cherries. Blood orange. Cinnamon sticks. White pepper. Caramel. Plums, sherry. Nuts. Recommend leaving it in the jar for 20 minutes or more.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sherry. Dark berries, plum. Salty caramel. Chocolate with a high cocoa content. Walnut. Slightly peppery. Spicy.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Dark chocolate. Sea salt, seasoning. Fading fruit notes. Medium to long.

  14. riegerjonas scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    2021-03-14
    • Nose
      this light gooseberry note from Bunnahabhain comes straight into the nose, cinnamon, light sherry fruitiness, over time strong fruitiness comes over, dark fruits, pleasant wood spice, light caramel
    • Taste
      Dark chocolate, oak spice, gooseberries
    • Finish
      long after bitter chocolate

  15. Danlow scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Unfortunately, you would have to deduct a point for the bad PLV, as I can no longer recommend a purchase for this more than 120 euros. Purely in terms of taste, however, a clear 89 with exciting “maritime” notes.
    I've already let him compete against the GlenDronach 18 - my favorite standard whisky - but he clearly loses against him. If you are looking for a chocolatey and fruity sherry bomb, you can go for the GlenDronach, if you are looking for an extraordinary “Sherry-Salt-Coast-Whisky”, treat yourself to this one.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  16. robse211 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  17. Othorion scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      maritime, forest honey, apricot jam, dark chocolate, plum jam, caramel, slightly musty cherries, oranges and limes, a touch of balsamic
    • Taste
      88 88
      creamy, sweet, spicy, maritime, honey, salt, black pepper, apricots, roasted walnuts, caramel, dark chocolate, plums, cherries
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, sweet and creamy, black pepper, honey, salted caramel and roasted nuts remain

  18. besar scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

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