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Overall rating
87.61/100
votes
799
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2010
Stated Age
18 years old
Strength
46.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
F227075
Barcode
5029704217373
Added on
06 Mar 2011 4:47 am
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 140.00

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799 × member ratings

1531 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain XVIII

163 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.61 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 90 points Super Administrator

    Westering home and a song in the air... What a craft presentation of an unpeated Islay Single Malt with a lovely natural color in the glass! The nose is elegant and amazingly complex with Mon Chéri confectionery, old leather and mild spices. Rich nut aromas, orange peel and raisins disguise distant hints of sea air. Intensely aromatic and yet well-balanced in the taste, you get distinct oakiness, stewed tea and dried fruits with honey, leading into a long, warming and peppery bitter finish. Bunnahabhain 18 is a high-class all-rounder, even without peat!

    RATING: 4.4/5.0 stars ≙ 90 pts → SUPERB [-]
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. peatbogger scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  3. peatbogger scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    Thanks to Slàinte Mhath (and Feorag86) for this sample.
    • Nose
      Sweet and very inviting.

      Rich sherry, red berries, sugared orange.

      Dark chocolate, coffee, Some peach. Some furniture polish.

      Maybe what others get as a "sea breeze", but I get a faint whiff of fresh mint.

      Gentle peppery spice, with some fresh crushed basil.
    • Taste
      Mouthfillingly rich at the get go.

      Deep sherry, chocolate, coffee.

      Very well in tune with the nose.

      Pepper and nutmeg.
    • Finish
      Delicious and long lasting.

      Chocolate, coffee, toffee. The taste of nutmeg linger with a refined oakiness.

  4. Pollenflug scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      Full-bodied heavy and dark aromas pour out of my glass. Characteristic Sherrynoten are very present from the beginning: plum jam, figs, raisins, overripe grapes, juicy oranges and abundant dark fruits I perceive. A salty sea breeze lays like a thin veil over the other flavors. The alcohol (46.3%) is not noticeable and very well integrated. As the nosing continues, many more aromas crystallize. Ample nuts, dark forest honey, hints of caramel, a touch of leather and a beautiful, spicy woody note complete the multi-faceted nose. In the background a tender smoke flag blows. Great!
    • Taste
      Beautiful, creamy mouthfeel, the onset is slightly sweet and very sherrylastig. A light pepperiness prances on the tip of the tongue, while the complex flavors unfold on the palate handsome. The alcohol content is perfectly integrated and always gives the malt sufficient strength. Old, intense Sherrynoten dominate the taste events. Red, cooked fruits, plums, raisins and juicy oranges I perceive. Plenty of nuts, burned caramel, pipe tobacco, hints of leather and chocolate, gingerbread and strong-spicy oak notes create a harmonious taste experience. The maritime veil with plenty of salt still lies above the various flavors. The smoke, which is still very delicate in the nose, now draws more attention to itself, but remains pleasantly light in the background.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, maritime, sweet and spicy and slightly smoky. With a small pinch of pepper on the sparkling tongue tip, the finish starts. The powerful sherynots are beginning to fade. With nuts, chocolate, salty-maritime aromas and spicy notes of oak wood, the Bunnahabhain sounds. A slight smoky note ensures a round end point. On the palate remains a slight dryness.

  5. Dramned! scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    The 12-year-old Bunnahabhain is already a classic and a really very complex malt and a balanced counterpart to the wild south of Islay.
    This 18 year old puts a lot of complexity on top of everything and everything comes here a lot more matured and somehow sublime therefore. This is one of those whiskys that leave one with a sense of gratitude for sharing in such an experience.
    • Nose
      Already in the nose this Bunnahabhain is a statement! Fat and full-bodied, all flavors are immediately present. Intense dark soft dried fruit, sour-sour orange peel, pickled raisins, strong salty sea air - as if you were in strong winds on the deck of a shaky ferry! Greasy spiciness, from a little farther on, a bit of smoke blows, a nice musty woody note like from a freshly emptied barrel.
    • Taste
      In the mouth, you can immediately feel the proximity to the rough sea, in addition to a spicy salt note dominate dark oak flavors, sweet pipe tobacco, again the juicy dried fruit - especially plums and apricots, raisins, the smoke is stronger than in the nose,
    • Finish
      Departure light sweet smoke, tart oak and the beautiful sweetness continue even in the very long finish. In addition, after some time, a kind of strawberry and licorice.

  6. Gaedo scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    A very impressive whisky that is definitely worth the high price of just over € 100. A little less special, a little lighter and even more pleasing than its older brother, the 25-year-old Bunnahabhain in a corresponding design (wooden box).
    • Nose
      90 90
      A very beguiling and intense fragrance. Vanilla, marzipan, dark red grapes, baked apples, cinnamon, pickled plums, strawberries pickled in rum, black currants, blackberries, dark chocolate. As the temperature increases, overripe raspberries, banana and lavender honey are added, followed by a slight freshness. My daughter also recognizes the scent of Patagonian verbena (Verbena bonariensis) in it.
      The alcohol cannot be felt in the nose.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Strong and dry sherry start. Massive European oak. Not as cute as you would have thought when you smelled it. Very oily. Spices, honey, strawberry, heavy red wine, sunflower seeds, walnut, chewed daisies and red currants.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium to long finish. Oak with strawberry, cherry and dark chocolate. With smaller sips, lighter and lighter fruit such as watermelon, fresh red grapes, cocktail cherries and orange slices sprinkled with cinnamon in the finish.

  7. Lukas_Kiene scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Chocolate, raisins, a little marzipan, dark grapes, liquor-heavy rum raisins. There's a lot going on in the glass! Dark, heavy fruit aromas in harmony with chocolate and heavy sweetness. Some fresh cocoa and Christmas spices, as well as juicy fruit and chocolate cake. Plus berries and light oranges. Reminiscent of a chocolate cake littered with raisins that was soaked in fruity schnapps.

      Dreamlike!
    • Taste
      90 90
      Dark, heavy fruits, raisins, plums, the typical dried fruits, coffee, a lot of chocolate, oranges, rum-raisins, tart and dry cocoa, somewhat salty citrus fruits, sweet herbs.

      The usual sherry representatives, all together in a wonderful interplay with the very delicate maritime character of the distillery.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Pleasantly tart, dry spicy notes, plus some juicy fruits and tart, sweet herbs.

      The finish is long with a lot of tart chocolate and some coffee.

  8. Foudos scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. g00se scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Class Bunnahabhain.
    Heavy, maritime, oily, tasty and wonderfully balanced.
    • Nose
      Sweet, rum raisins, leather, furniture polish, dark chocolate, grape must, red berries, vanilla
      Maritime & fresh, for fresh sea air
    • Taste
      Wonderfully oily and lively.
      An interplay of sweet nuttiness and peppery-bitter oak. With salt and red berries.
    • Finish
      Pleasantly long and varied. Sweet and leather alternate with spice and slightly nutty bitterness.

  10. AnnEm scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Great nose with a nice, clear, classic sherry profile. Then in the mouth a delicious old school aroma. In the direction of the finish, I finally get a feeling of sea water and sea air. I like it very much.
    • Nose
      Classic, not monstrous sherry nose. Oxidized wine notes like the Oloroso. Appetizingly furry-rancid-buttery; plus old, warm leather. I'm having fun at the moment, could that be the “sharp side saddle” that I was once told with a wink at a VHS tasting? Roasted almonds. Pork belly. Very spicy heather honey. A touch of salmiak and a pebble beach by the sea. It becomes more palatable and sweeter from sip to sip.
    • Taste
      Old school muff. Dark and berry fruity. Clear sherry tartness. Here too the rancid-buttery feeling. Old newspaper under a layer of dust. Soft oak frame.
    • Finish
      Tart, creamy and slightly astringent, it burns into the cheeks - but only gently, overall it has a very mild effect on me. Salt. Herbal seasoning (thyme sprigs). Coastal feeling.

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