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Overall rating
87.53/100
votes
726
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

€ 210,13

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726 × member ratings

1439 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain XVIII

148 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.53 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 90 points 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. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
      It rises immediately a pleasant sweetness from the glass. Immediately I have the sherry; dark dried fruits; Delicate caramel and sweet malt are very present. In addition, I have a very interesting spice note, in the form of Maggi. At times totally there, then away again (it is again the sweet sherry in the foreground)
      Alternates again and again.
      Sweet figs and raisins are carried by a delicate touch of orange zest.
      He comes totally round and sublime, but has a clear sherry statement, which is not intrusive.
      Furthermore, I still find a peppery pungency, which is not pungent.
    • Taste
      90 90
      sweet, orange; Now comes a beautiful, round oak tree;
      Dark chocolate; Nut; nice, mild spice; totally pleasant and soft in the mouth; Citrus stands out clearly, but is also kind of cute.
      The barrel is well integrated, nothing is intrusive or stands out extremely
    • Finish
      92 92
      beautiful oak; tender bitter chocolate; slightly bitter nut; a touch of cinnamon (for me it's all a typical, good sherry)
      the nut becomes more intense with time
      The cinnamon note could also be fresh tobacco leaves.
      Very round and balanced.
      All in all, he really likes me.

      Addendum: after I have drunk the little puddle that was in the glass, I suddenly have a great lemon note. Intense as Zeste, but not angry at all. Mega!

  7. Wtrstrnghlt scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  8. The_Independent scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    A wonderfully balanced sherry whisky with a distinctive flavor profile. For me, the nose is the strongest in this whisky. Stand out pleasantly from the usual "sherry bombs".
    • Nose
      89 89
      Flattering and yet powerful in the glass, slightly changing over time.
      Sweet sherry, nuts, forest honey, butter cake, rum raisins and spicy flavors. At the beginning also a touch of sulfur, which is not disturbing but increases the complexity.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Strong onset, voluminous, pepper. Sweet at first, then bitter and dry. Only a little sherry, oak and a hint of smoke. Walnut, and plenty of espresso.
      Amazingly little sweet and barely fruity. Clearly on the spicy side.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium long finish, getting dry, a little spicy wood, a little bit of ash, still the espresso and a pinch of salt.

  9. wako93 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Part of a cross comparison. Following order:

    1. Bunnahabhain 18 OA
    2. Bunnahabhain 25 OA
    3. Bunnahabhain 1989 SV

    To the 18er: Well, he likes it. But is not a rocket and also priced for a 18s quite athletic. No bad buy but no case for the bottle bunker.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Subtle sherry notes. Light citrus fragrance especially candied orange. Overall, the nose looks very dense and complex. But I do not get that right "through". Alcohol is not noticeable. Smoke very discreet.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Good start, but I feel a bit watery for a short time. Then ginger sharpness. Corpse accusations of sherries, through associations with dark fruits and nut noises. Minimal coffee and dark chocolate. Mouthfeeling becomes increasingly creamy. Nutmeg can be guessed.
      Smoke I take only very discreet, but this is to please.
    • Finish
      89 89
      I really like the finish. Nice chocolate note. This then swings into a cafe crema. Minimal oak bitterness at the end. Caramel at the very end

  10. markfeit scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    brown sugar, sherry and chocolate nose, then more chocolate and sherry taste. A hint of pepper. Such a well rounded dram. Really nice to drink, maybe even better than that 25.

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