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Bunnahabhain XVIII

Overall rating
87.54/100
votes
589

145 × in wishlist

Member rates

1236 × in collection

Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

All versions

Category Rating
Nose
22
Taste
22
Finish
21
Balance
22

Tastingtags

128 Notes

Slàinte Mhath
Administrator Slàinte Mhath Review note
11 May 2017 5:52 pm
Slàinte Mhath gave this whisky 90 points

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 90 pts   ·SUPERB [-]·

Weighted Rate
89.5
Nose
91
Initial taste
90
Body
91
Finish
88
Price
84
Presentation
91
“There is no such thing as bad whisky - some are just better than others.” (W. Faulkner)
Wiz
Expert Junior Wiz Tasting note
05 Sep 2017 2:13 pm
Wiz gave this whisky 86 points
Color
Amontillad
Nose

Zuerst hab ich kalten Rauch in der Nase. Aschenbecher. Mit der Zeit wird er fruchtiger. Und würzig. Eine prise Muskat. Nasse Erde. Muffiger alter Sherry. Karamell. Nach ner halben Stunde ist der Aschenbecher so gut wie weg, und eine schönes Nussaroma kommt auf.

Taste

Sehr würzig. Ölig. Schwarzer Pfeffer. Jetzt gleich der Eichenhammer. Voluminös. Zartbitterschokolade. Ein Mix aus hellen und dunklen Früchten. Nach einiger Zeit jetzt saftige Orangen. Salzig, maritim.

Finish

Lang. Pfeffrig, würzig. Sehr trocken jetzt. und Bitterkeit von der Eiche. Speichelfluss.

Comments

Hat mich nicht überzeugt. Da ziehe ich den 12 Jährigen vor.

mema82
Expert Senior mema82 Review note
05 Jan 2018 3:55 am
mema82 gave this whisky 87 points
Weighted Rate
86.5
Nose
85
Initial taste
85
Body
88
Finish
88
Price
84
Presentation
89
HW74
Expert Senior HW74 Review note
17 Dec 2017 5:15 pm
HW74 gave this whisky 89 points
Weighted Rate
88.8
Nose
90
Initial taste
89
Body
91
Finish
89
Price
84
Presentation
86
Rien
Expert Senior Rien Review note
11 Dec 2017 3:09 pm
Rien gave this whisky 89 points
Weighted Rate
88.6
Nose
89
Initial taste
89
Body
88
Finish
89
Price
88
Presentation
88
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GJR
Expert Senior GJR Review note
13 Nov 2017 9:49 am
GJR gave this whisky 86 points
Weighted Rate
85.6
Nose
86
Initial taste
87
Body
85
Finish
85
Price
85
Presentation
85
Macheye
Expert Senior Macheye Tasting note
03 Nov 2017 10:07 am
Macheye gave this whisky 88 points
Color
Amontillad
Nose

Lively, fruity and classy. Rich toffee, raisins, coffee grounds, chocolate cake, tanned leather, furniture polish and wood sap. Yep, this is a sherried Bunna with some age under its belt. A smattering of red berries – both strawberries and raspberries are pronounced – and some sweet nuttiness, rather like almonds or marzipan. Some light minerality like a calm sea breeze and hints of cask influence in form of black pepper. Super inviting.

Taste

Great translations from nose through to palate. Rich sherried stuff is the order of the day here. Toffee and creamy fudge, dried fruits, raisins, dates and prunes alongside dark chocolate and a fair whack of polish/varnish. There’s some added complexity here from a light herbal grassiness – fresh cut lawns and dried hay. Cask spicing is present but well balanced – nutmeg and light black pepper.

Finish

Medium in length and still emphasising toffee alongside a shake of pepper.

Comments

Bunnahabhain 18 year old is a personal favourite – especially since the ABV was upped to 46.3%. It’s a great example of a sherry matured whisky with just the right level of sweet influence vs. cask bitterness. It’s still full of life and ripe red berry notes, but balances these against aged character and sherried richness. Lovely. I always have a bottle nearby.

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jhut
Expert Junior jhut Tasting note
18 Oct 2017 2:17 pm
jhut gave this whisky 87 points
Color
Gin clear
Nose

Licht fruit, rood, zoetig, complex. Lijkt wat op blend uit speyside

Taste

Zoet, honing erg lekker

Finish

Licht malt, iets complex. Rozijnen, sinassap, moemig

Comments

Blind geproefd met André tijdens Proefolympics 2017

15 april 2017

Grutslurp
Member Senior Grutslurp Tasting note
16 Oct 2017 8:37 pm
Grutslurp gave this whisky 85 points
Color
Chestnutoloroso sherry
Nose

Raisin, a bit of sharp alcohol, oranges and a hint of sulphur.

Taste

Quite oaky and bitter, sweet sherry and somewhat yeasty. A bit of chocolate.

Finish

Still oaky and bitter. Some malt sugar comes through along with dark chocolate.

Comments

This is slightly disappointing, especially when thinking of the 12-year-old. Too harsh, too bitter and not rounded enough. The orange and chocolate notes are good, but they are overpowered by the sharp and bitter components.

Wiz
Expert Junior Wiz Review note
05 Sep 2017 2:17 pm
Wiz gave this whisky 86 points
Weighted Rate
86.3
Nose
86
Initial taste
87
Body
87
Finish
87
Price
81
Presentation
88

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