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Overall rating
87.62/100
votes
795
Whiskybase ID
21052
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

€ 199.00

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795 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain XVIII

167 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.62 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. Othorion scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      maritime, honey, apricot jam, dark chocolate, raisins, caramel, salty, a touch of mint, burned matches, orange oil, a few roasted hazelnuts
    • Taste
      nice and creamy, spicy, maritime, a little salt, allspice, nutmeg and black pepper, with plums, raisins, apricots and oranges, a good load of roasted nuts and caramel, a lot of dark chocolate, also a little coffee, no alcohol Thought of leather
    • Finish
      Long, sweet, creamy and spicy, roasted nuts, chocolate, salt and caramel remain

  3. peatbogger scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. LDB scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very impressive, plays very well in the Bunna League for me. Unfortunately, newer versions can no longer keep up.

  9. Teomarg scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  10. Saftkenner scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    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).
    According to David Brodie, the Bunnahabhain Tour Guide, 40% sherry barrels are married to 60% bourbon barrels. No finish!
    • 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 cherry and orange slice sprinkled with cinnamon in the finish.

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