Overall rating
88.16/100
votes
27
Whiskybase ID
WB209586
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
North Star Spirits (NSS)
Bottling serie
Cask Series 018
Vintage
2013
Bottled
2022
Stated Age
09 years old
Casktype
Oloroso sherry hogshead
Number of bottles
258
Strength
58.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
04 may 2022 9:43 pm by erwinnlim
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 83.46

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27 × member ratings

51 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Bunnahabhain 2013 NSS

12 users have left 12 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.16 points.

  1. DrulyaSipper scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    What an impressive stuff)
    Dark chocolate, tobacco, raisins, coffee beans, balanced sweetness and long aftertaste with spices
    Despite of the age -> great whisky!
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

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  3. ZLako scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Bunnahabhain 9 year old "Meggyleves". Everyone praises this bottle in Hungary. Meggyleves is a sour cherry soup made in Hungary during summertime. It's very tasty, it's sweet & sour and help you get through those warm days. I have not been able to secure a bottle but I was fortunate enough to get a 5cl sample from a fellow whisky geek.

    I will be nosing & tasting this whisky without and with added water too. Let's see how this changes.

    Without water:

    N: Sour cherries instantly and lots of it. Then some dark chocolate appears. Getting a light pipe tobacco note, with sour coffee beans and raisins. Some darker wood notes appear with gentle sherry notes. (88)

    P: Very potent and stingy. Sour. Sour cherries dominate the palate with coffee beans and wood. Now some sherry appears with sweetness. Very dry overall. This can use some water. (84)

    F: Long and very dry with tobacco and sour cherry. (85)

    88 / 84 / 85 = 85.666 --> 86 pts / 100

    With added water. I do feel like it will get better than 86. This is that typical whisky that begs for water in my opinion. I will dilute it down to around 48%.

    N: So this is much more gentle and friendly now. Sweeter. Sour cherry notes coming out but not that aggressively anymore. Milk chocolate with coffee beans and tobacco leaves. Getting sweet raisins, dark caramelized oranges and figs. I prefer this a lot more than without added water. (90)

    P: So much nicer but I am still not impressed. Sour cherries and coffee beans followed by raisins and figs. Milk chocolate with wood notes. Some strange unpleasant sour note that I can't get around. (Sulfur also maybe?) (86)

    F: Gets a bit shorter but still dry, sour and some sweetness. (85)

    90 / 86 / 85 = 87 pts / 100

    So my conclusion is that this is not truly for me. That strange sour note ruins it for me. The nose is amazing. Great bottling.

  4. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. Tordeaux scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. TimkoT scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. kismartonid scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

  8. Thoma scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. HighlandF1 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    An outstanding Bunnah when you consider the price and the age. Probably the best 9-year old whisky I have ever tasted.

  10. VEF206 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  11. geriud scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  12. gaboruso scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  13. jskuk scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Absolute stunner... Big bold juicy Bunnah, nose: Is simply lush, official tasting notes are spot on and I agree with them. I could nose this all night... Palate: dark chocolate, coffee, liquorice, sherry and pipe tobacco... lovely mouth feel, long long finish, this won't last long.. Another winner from NSS.

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