Bunnahabhain XVIII

Overall rating
87.65/100
votes
855
Whiskybase ID
WB21052
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

€ 204.07

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Whisky reviews for Bunnahabhain XVIII

147 users have left 174 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.65 points.

  1. Holzwurm scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  2. DDzip scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

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

  3. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    These 18yo’s certainly are exciting Bunna’s.
    • Nose
      A nice dirty and earthy Bunna nose. Medicinal flavors combined with quality oak, age, vibrant spices and dried oranges create a high quality and exciting nose. Musty and dusty smells reach me. Lovely. It doesn’t take an expert to conclude that some seriously older then 18 yo whisky has been used as well. The layers, complexity and flavorful nose are very pleasing to my nose!
    • Taste
      Full flavored, tingling and balanced to the palate. The richness of it’s flavor is what is striking me the most. It’s got the right amount of power. The palate never gets boring. Beautiful old sherry oak flavors all over the place, with that typical dirty/medicinal notes Bunna is all about for me.
    • Finish
      Long and rich. Various spices encapsulate earthy flavors with traces of peat, dried fruits and rich sherry flavors. It lingers on for quite a while.

      This one definitely is a stunner of a dram. Although it’s not the most affordable 18yo OB out there, it is easily one of the most tasteful, rich and high quality 18yo OB’s. A buy recommendation for everyone that loves the Bunna profile.

  4. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    10,09,2021
    • Nose
      slightly dusty, waxy, full, honey, caramel, candied nuts, apricot, grain, cereals, in the background a few grasses and a few spices, some nutmeg, some cinnamon
    • Taste
      Apricot, honey, caramel, waxy, some physalis, spices, wood

  5. thewhiskeyjug scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Roasted nuts, sherry, spice, dried dark fruit, malt and some leather.

    Palate: Malt, nuts, spice and a bit of leather.

    Finish: Medium -> Nuts, malt, fruit and spice.

  6. tribe scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      Candy sugar paints, old leather couch, cherry, dark berries, bisquit, cocoa, menthol
    • Taste
      91 91
      Gingerbread, cherries, deamara sugar, cocoa leather couch, tobacco, coffee, berry jam,
    • Finish
      90 90
      Apricot jam awesome

  7. Funtik scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  8. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  9. 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.

  10. Teomarg scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Foudos scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  15. g00se scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    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.

  16. 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.

  17. Willum scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  18. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  19. uap304 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The bottle certainly had flashes of brilliance along the way, but has very intentionally garnered my same rating as for the 12-year old. I feel like that malt plays "up," while this one plays "down" both in terms of perceived maturity and complexity. Quite honestly, this one was a bummer...
    • Nose
      Obviously sherried, but not necessarily a true "sherry bomb." Pleasantly floral with cereals, though not quite to the heights of a Highland malt.
    • Taste
      Full. Honey and malt, which are the best aspects of this Islay distillery. Surprisingly spicy and peppery, with sherry and intermittent sulfur hues.
    • Finish
      Spicy and effervescent, with sherry tannins becoming dry and bitter. Ultimately a beautiful coat of milk chocolate syrup, coffee, and stout beer appears inconsistently with some tastings. The finish is the strong suit of this malt, which might be the clearest indication of its age.

  20. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

  21. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peach, strawberries, blackberries, wood, some earth, honey, cereals, vanilla,
      Minimal floral in the background. The fruits are clearly in the foreground
    • Taste
      Honey, strawberry, cereals, peach, apple, lime, grapefruit, apple peel, coffee

      Extremely silky and no pepper or any other spiciness

  22. robse211 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  23. keizerjos scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Smell of soil and wet wood. Then come the herbs and currants. The dry, spicy and only distant currants in the first drink are subtle, linger well. However, it is not very impressive. I know I drank it earlier at the pretzels whisky bar in Sittard and that it was a bit disappointing and I can honestly say that again; the 12YO is so good that the price and age of the 18YO cannot meet expectations.

  24. Igitor scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very balanced whisky with nice complexity
    • Nose
      88 88
      Orange, pickled dark fruits, tobacco. complex
    • Taste
      88 88
      Again the oranges, tobacco bitterness, chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, leather. It even tastes better over time
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long finish, unfortunately the bitterness comes through more

  25. Igitor scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very balanced whisky with nice complexity
    • Nose
      88 88
      Orange, pickled dark fruits, tobacco. complex
    • Taste
      88 88
      Again the oranges, tobacco bitterness, chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, leather. It even tastes better over time
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long finish, unfortunately the bitterness comes through more

  26. ezioaudit scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  27. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • 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!

  28. Wtrstrnghlt scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  29. 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

  30. The_Independent scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    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.

  31. wako93 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    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

  32. 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.

  33. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    t is not one of those standard sherry matured whiskies full of raisins, Christmas cake and other sherry-associated features, and I must say I admire it for it. I can imagine myself drinking this with a meal of dry salty spiced meat, somewhere on the sea, some storm churning up, a real Islay fisherman sitting next to me with a big smile on his face.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Directly, I find that this has something different, some character of its own. Filled with lots of meat, salt, make that salted fried meat, and Chinese sweet-sour sauce next to some fried duck. After a while it becomes slightly dusty, damp, like walking into a dusty room filled with old books. There is also an old leather arm chair, and somebody left a pair of socks somewhere… Furthermore, there is cake crust, fig sauce, and lots of freshly baked gingerbread.
    • Taste
      88 88
      It begins rather dry, but then becomes surprisingly fruity with black berries, raspberries, both in a well-reduced sauce. There is obvious salt, a lot, and it is slightly medicinal with some see weed. No smoke detectable, neither is there any peat present. There are some vague vegetal notes, before it becomes rather bitter and spicy, with lots of ginger, peppered salty fried duck, a few pieces of bitter chocolate, and strong coffee.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The finish is particularly spicy.

  34. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Also, that's delicious again. More Sherry influence than the 12er. Bunnahabhain can do something. But I try a bit in the apartment, to draw a real conclusion. I'm not sure if I like the 12 or 18s better.
    • Nose
      He has in comparison to the 12er already more sherry. That is not very sweet, but rather goes into the sour. Red berries (blueberries, red currant, Josta). Then some rum raisins. Bit of nutmeg. Aronia honey. Red wine.
    • Taste
      Again nice creamy mouthfeel. Fugde. In the mouth, the red fruits are sweeter. Red fruit jelly. Fresh plums. Red gooseberry Then it tingles and blood orange comes. After that the oak spreads out.
    • Finish
      Leather. Tobacco. Again some oil (now rather tough, mineral 20W-50 engine oil of my Mustang)

  35. whiskyd scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      73 73

  36. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    2nd review after more tha a year and no changes in rating points.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Sweet, dark, full bodied and all the sherry notes. Toffee an chocolate as an extra gift.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Little oily and full of sweet sherry notes. Not too spicy. Little wood and malt and a yeasty taste. Drying out near the end with some orange, pinch of salt and leather.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium finish, sweet and dry.

  37. Calmar scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    An excellent representative of the nerthyphoid Ayla, salty, oak-herbaceous with a wonderful aroma, can be slightly stiff, but still very attractive and worthy of a mole.
    • Nose
      Calm, moist, raw barrel, lemon peel, salty sea notes, some freshly mown grass, light mineral tones - raw grindstone, stone crumbs, raisins, podvjaleny grapes, kiwis, feijoa, viburnum, mountain ash; The aroma does not strike with variety, but attracts some kind of oceanic breadth and infinite depth.
    • Taste
      Dense, pepper-woody, lacquer notes, resin, needles, bitter cortex, grapes in the background
    • Finish
      Sour-sweet, herbaceous, light oak notes, mountain ash.

  38. WhiskyBjorn83 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    17-12-2017
    • Nose
      74 74
      toffee, nutmeg
    • Taste
      81 81
      hint of sherry, (sea) salty, spices
    • Finish
      83 83
      warming sherry, spices

  39. 11insomnium scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nosing: Light smoke, spicy, full and fruity sweetness, floral, sherry

    Tasting: Now more smoky and somewhat medicated, spicy, strong, brown sugar, dark fruit with sherry and oak

    With water: Fruity

    Comment: Somewhat fuller, sweeter and more mature than Highland Park 18.

  40. peatbogger scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

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

  41. 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.

  42. asmazda scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Totally agree with Grutslurp's tasting notes and VaryingViewpoint's comment about this not oxidizing well.

  43. Fassstärke scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

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

  44. rpvdwel scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  45. 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.

  46. PatSch23_12 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Great balance, nuanced, very solid. Logical increase to the 12er
    • Nose
      Cane sugar, dark caramel and shortly puffing, intense vanilla. Chestnuts (licorice) from the pharmacy, chamomile. Various, slightly salted nuts. Ginger sticks with dark chocolate, tart tart fruit (grapefruit), Assam tea with orange flavor, Malaga raisins.
    • Taste
      Liquorice. Dark fruit (plum) in a salty-spicy bacon coat. Wonderfully smooth texture without being heavy. Mild, slightly musty-dirty woody aromas in a hint of smoke. Light acidity from the nose is repeated (reminiscent of Balsamic Bianco). Could be a jump bank, if you did not know better.
    • Finish
      long, spicy-dry

  47. Helgo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The Bunna XVIII is just a great malt. From the nose to the finish, he brings everything with me what a whisky needs. Not too much of individual components, very complex and much layered. The sherry portion does not depress and leaves the whisky its tips.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  48. mema82 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  49. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A very nice 18Y, probably. even the best of normal OA.
    • Nose
      Beautiful bitter orange, raisins, dark forest honey, blood orange, autumn leaves, chestnut polish, beautiful leather, wild garlic, frankincense, red apple and dark malt, a few red berries
    • Taste
      Direct transition from nose to taste, blood orange, dark full malt, wild garlic, rosemary, lavender, autumn leaves, beautiful leather, bitter orange, sherry raisins and dates in between, pine nuts, chestnut, nicely full and round with some nutmeg and pepper
    • Finish
      Medium long, dark caramel, nutmeg, some pepper and dry leather

  50. HW74 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  51. Rien scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  52. GJR scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  53. Macheye scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    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.

    https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/bunnahabhain/bunnahabhain-18-year-old/
    • 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.

  54. jhut scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Blindly tasted with André during Proefolympics 2017 April 15, 2017
    • Nose
      Light fruit, red, sweet, complex. Looks like a blend of speyside
    • Taste
      Sweet, honey very tasty
    • Finish
      Light malt, something complex. Raisins, juice juice, moemig

  55. Grutslurp scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    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.
    • 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.

  56. Wiz scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  57. Wiz scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Did not convince me. I prefer the 12 year old.
    • Nose
      First, I have cold smoke in my nose. Ashtray. Over time he becomes more fruity. And spicy. A pinch of nutmeg. Wet earth. Musty old sherry. Caramel. After half an hour, the ashtray is as good as gone, and a nice nut flavor comes on.
    • Taste
      Very spicy. Oily. Black pepper. Now the oak hammer. Voluminous. Dark chocolate. A mix of light and dark fruits. After some time now juicy oranges. Salty, maritime.
    • Finish
      Long. Peppery, spicy. Very dry now. and bitterness of the oak. Salivation.

  58. Koalafant scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Notes vom 2015-01-14
    • Nose
      Eine leichte Meeresbrise mit einem Hauch von Sherry gepaart mit Noten von frischen Kräutern
    • Taste
      Deutliche Sherrytöne mit Noten von Rosinen und Trockenpflaumen. Leicht scharf.
    • Finish
      lang und Wärmend

  59. spigray scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  60. spigray scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    very good, perhaps a tad too sweet for everyday.
    88/100
    • Nose
      rather sherried on sultanas, dried figs and plums.
      hints of leather and roasted chestnuts (Oak).
      hints of french baisser. gentle!
    • Taste
      really gentle, the sherry is perfectly balanced, light caramel, nuts and honey. oh and it´s very malty!
    • Finish
      medium to long with a slightly salty aftertaste

  61. Claudio + Cats scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I appreciated the 18er Bunna for a long time, although I have long since switched to the top Japanese. Now in July 2017, I once again brought out the open bottle after drinking a Chichibu on the Way 2013 before. I'm really scared that he does not like me anymore. That little bit of smoke is already too much for me today. For a year, my taste has evidently changed again. I will give away the open bottle in the poker club. It's definitely out for this Scotch too. In comparison with my Chichibu's he just does not come with me, although I like. The blacks 2010-2015, with the WWA 2015 also do not like. Addio Bunna! I have tasted for many years, but the ravages of time gnawing at me. I'm used to something better now.

  62. rb854 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Tasted during PO2017 (blind tasting competition)
    • Nose
      Sweet, honey, creamy, wood, fruity, apple, citrus, some pear, mint, biscuits
    • Taste
      A little pepper, creamy, sweet, honey, chocolate, sherrynotes, raisins, coffee, quite dark taste
    • Finish
      The dark notes stay, it's getting a little dry, chocolate and coffee, medium length

  63. malthead-sven scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    He wins the duel against the predecessor with 43% clear. Not only because he is darker and has significantly more sherry influence, but also looks more mature.
    • Nose
      PARALLEL TASTING WITH THE OLD 18's (43%)

      nutty, walnuts and heavy sherry, compared to the old version, it looks directly ripe and set, raisins, then suddenly mulled wine, Christmassy, ​​then proposes again in the direction of lemon, to the memory of a quay wall at the harbor and wood glue
    • Taste
      viscous, very oily, nutty sherry as in the aroma, clear malty, develops a heavy sweetness with orange
    • Finish
      Almonds and walnuts again, wild garlic, long and heavy, again with lemons, as intense as the old 18s but more elegant

  64. Cubey666 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Tasted and scored during a blind tasting competition in May/June 2017. (PO17)
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  65. DrinkingWhisky scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    First thought: Glendronach. But comparing it with Glendronach that thought goes out the window. I'd say it's relatively young because it is not very complex, and the finish dissipates relatively fast. Tasted during a blind tasting competition in May/June 2017.  
    • Nose
      Inicially sweet, wood and a tad dry. Then: wow, really nice thick sherry nose. Cherries, figs, plums, eucalyptus, icing sugar. Whiffs of wybertjes (a Dutch licorice). 
    • Taste
      Nice stuff; lovely sherried whisky. Bit of menthol/eucalyptus again. Also plums and cherries again. Do I get a hint of sulphur? Some almonds as well.
    • Finish
      Whiffs of eucalyptus drifting by, but it disappears quite fast. Cherries again, some white pepper, and sweet melon at the end. 

  66. Sandman scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasted on May 29, during ProefOlympics
    • Nose
      Lemon, peach, vanilla, honey, green apple, flowers and touch of herbs
    • Taste
      Lemon peel, honey, green apple, cereals, peach and herbs
    • Finish
      Medium, lemon zest, green apple and honey

  67. JacobaEd scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  68. erikz scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    This one pointed me towards sherried Glenfarclas (remember it was a blind tasting). I have an '80s 105 in my cabinet and this is very similar. Couldn't me more wrong. Love the stuff, will buy a bottle in the near future!
    • Nose
      Sherry, raisins, currants, Thai basil, honey, red fruits. Very fresh almost floral and grassy freshness.
    • Taste
      Very oily (I like), sweet sherry notes - tasted this blind, thought it was either PX or Olorosso, very ripe red and yellow fruits, white pepper, mint, trekdrop a type of Dutch liquorice).
    • Finish
      Middle long finish with raspberry, raisins, dry, light saltiness, peach, liquorice.

  69. Wolv scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  70. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2013]  I found this dram in a commercial advents calendar.  In
    my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50
    - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 87,5.  I took no detailed notes and never bought a commercial advents calender again.

  71. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  72. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Well balanced.
    • Nose
      The same sweet, malty and vanilla touch as the 12 yo but more intense without getting over complexed. Loads of sweet caramel, toffee and chocolate.
    • Taste
      First a bit of leathery taste, sherry and gentle wood. Briny but not salty. Very spicy, peppery and a little sour.
    • Finish
      Medium long, peppery, herbal and a little bitterness at the end.

  73. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    a very good dram, longer, more subtle in flavors than the 12th.
    sherry, dust, mold, mushroom, nuts, soaked grapes, sweet spices.
    • Nose
      delicate sherry and sleeping at once, malt and cooked fruit, back woody
    • Taste
      candied fruit, macerated, old leather, milk chocolate comes suddenly, an iodized side and a feeling of old wet wood, nut shell
    • Finish
      rather long, it's his strong point, a return of cold smoke and iodine again, then fruit and wood intertwined

  74. Helgo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  75. Dre73 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  76. Dre73 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Beautiful tasteful whisky, firm and yet soft, fruity and sweet. Delicious dram.
    • Nose
      Fresh, fruity, red fruit, banana too, citrus. Toffee, leather, spicy.
    • Taste
      Fruity and sweet, honey-like. Firm and yet soft / friendly. Spicy, cinnamon, light pepper now.
    • Finish
      Medium, soft, bit bitter, nuts. At a given moment also in the aftertaste a light pepper.

  77. Dottore scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Certainly one of the best full-year standards. 89 pts.
    • Nose
      Sweet sherry, mineral notes, citrus notes, grapefruit, vinegar
    • Taste
      Very sharp on the tongue at the beginning, very powerful, then creamy mouthfeel, vanilla notes of subtle wood, nutmeg, dark fruit notes, wine notes
    • Finish
      Dry wood tones and spice. long and not too bitter. Iodine and mint notes

  78. St. Pauli scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    This is a very good dram, complex and convincing.
    • Nose
      Fresh and complex. It's not a blockbuster, but it has many facets. It's fresh and mineral like a sea wind and a pebble beach. It's creamy with vanilla and banana milkshake, sweet with dried fruit, barley and honey, and cooling with grass and mint. 
    • Taste
      Quite powerful regarding this ABV. On the palate, it's nuttier than on the nose, with almond. Next to that, the creamy and fruity notes of vanilla and banana stand out. After that, some honeyed barley gives it a solid backbone. The mint brings the desired balance. The wood brings pepper, clove and cinnamon.
    • Finish
      A finish of moderate length, with a some sourness of the fruit from sherry casks. Then it's nutty and spicy. A pleasant finale.

  79. dRambo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Nose: rich sweet and sour blood orange grapefruit notes, red berries, toffee, vanilla, gentle seaweed, leather, tobacco Taste: heavy sherry aromas, cherries, black currant, dark chocolate, oily, luscious, a little iodine, sherry wood seasoning, ginger, tobacco, leather
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  80. domani scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Edgy and stormy on the nose, round and balanced on the palate. A nice interplay to it complex and deep. A sherry whisky of a special kind - 05.03.2017
    • Nose
      Fresh and aromatic, citrus, orange, ginger, candied nuts, banana jelly, honey, caramel, chocolate, malt, salty-maritime
    • Taste
      Very mild and velvety, oily it slides on the tongue, then follows a beautiful ginger sharpness that drives away the velvet, light sherry aroma, rose wine, beautiful texture, cherry candy, pine, surprisingly little fruit for more depth, the end remains a salty-spicy aroma
    • Finish
      medium

  81. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    N: Definitely the older 18yo, there’s some mineral dustiness, chocolate flint, Humbrol enamel metallic [grey] paint, candy oak and plump sultanas set in lovely plump cup cakes. A sulphur edge [like with the 12yo], is always close but in the older expression, it’s translated as a mineral note with a side of damp dish cloth. Meanwhile the oak is on full view displaying a sweet-foosty dunnage - yum, like an old dry Balblair, less the fruits. There’s always a new thing popping up with every sniff.

    T: Dusty, dry sherry with a fleeting [shame], fruity note. The palate experience is a temporary one [shame again], but a good dry one.

    F: Really gritty paper-mache dry-oak/oils with a long waxy, distillate led, malty-chocolate finish - a long reveal compared to the short palate.

    C: Fabulous, and what a difference in quality & profile this is to the last, poor, all-sherry 18yo i had just over two years ago. Distell have been really good for Bunnahabhain after Burn Stewart [CL Finance] went bust in 2009 - much like the good they [Distell] are currently doing for Deanston single malt LINK. Both this 18yo and the previous 12yo share that lovely mouthfeel and coastal character but a stronger fruit note [longer fermentation & more copper contact], on the palate would really bring them both closer with some of those super [70’s] Bunna’s of old. Full report HERE.

    Scores a B[+]

  82. Tobias B scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    super balanced, you get what you pay for!
    • Nose
      subtile sherry , red apples, dryed figs, raisins, walnuts
    • Taste
      silky texture, a feeling of sea superimposed by bitter-sweet sherry, oak
    • Finish
      medium, spicy oak is dominant, the "maritim" feeling from the initial taste continues

  83. irrerelevant scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    needs some breathing time to open up, the nose is among the best ive encountered, taste and finish arent far off, predominantly fresh, active sherry casks, very mature, rich and complex. Those briny maritim notes put this malt most definitly on a higher level than other sherry malts of that age
    • Nose
      dry european oak, raisins, deep, dark, slightly briny, salt, very sweet sherry, rose water, marzipan, dried date, very dense, complex, old balsamic vinegar
    • Taste
      starts with sherry sweetness and a winy mouthfeel, deep, full and soft texture, then european oak, barrique wine, bittersweet, licorice, briny, old balsamic vinegar again
    • Finish
      long, dry oak, intense sherry, briny and surprisingly menthol

  84. wbarchive_149037 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A good Sherry overall, but I was expecting better and more personality.
    • Nose
      Very big influence of Sherry. It is very fruitful, slightly herbaceous and iodized. Dates, black plums and raisins. A slight malty and toasty side too.
    • Taste
      Beautiful balance in the mouth, the dry notes (dark chocolate, dry grass) counterbalance well those more fruity (raisins, plums and plums). A bit alcoholic while missing can be a chouïa punch.
    • Finish
      More dry and relatively salty.

  85. vojt466 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A very good thing at a very nice price. Like most of the production in this distillery - very potent
    • Nose
      Combination of distinctive oak tones and dried dark fruit - raisins, figs. All of this is complemented by the aroma of mint, pervasive salt and fine spiciness - in any case, the scent is full and intense
    • Taste
      The flavor is a bit less sweet than the scent - it again feels dried dark fruits, but this time combined with a proper charge of salt, citrus / orange tones and spices. After a while I get the taste of wood
    • Finish
      Mix of dried fruit, woody, salt and spices - the recipe is first of all oily then dried out thanks to spices and keeps long

  86. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 87 points Photo Moderator

    This bottle started out very good, but, went down from there. Does not oxidize very well. Seemed to get hotter as I went through the bottle. Ended up trading my remaining bottles for something else. An 88 on the first third and a 80 and the final third of the bottle.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      83 83

  87. Andytka3 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    N-
    Masculine and dark characters. Deep sherry, chocolate, dried hawthorn
    and herbal. Underlay with fish net, seashell, salted plum.

    P- Velvet with firm structure. Broad shoulder. Raisin, dried fruits and pomegranate.

    F- Medium, falls wee bit short. Herbal. matured and ripe. Peppery.

    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      86 86

  88. hans1971 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  89. John Barleycorn scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  90. irrerelevant scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    N: Dry European oak, raisins, deep and dark, slightly salty, very sweet sherry, rose water, marzipan, dates, maritime notes, very interwoven, complex, you can stay with your nose forever, later comes old balsamic T: begins sherry-sweet with a vinous texture, deep, full and velvety, not overly sweet, then comes immediately dry European oak, barrique, bittersweet, licorice, again salty with some of the balsamic from the nose F: very long, dry oak, intense sherry, maritime notes and surprisingly intense menthol balance each other
    Needs some time to develop. The nose is the best that I have gotten to know so far. Taste and finish are not far away. Presumably from mainly fresh European sherry casks. A great, old and above all mature Sherrymalt with maritime tones that set him apart from other Sherrymalts. Fantastic.

  91. Owidram scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    I'm glad this malt is so under-rated in WB because it may have had a consequence on the price (I could buy some for 78 EUR a bottle, which is more than fair for what's in the bottle). Personally I think it is worth any cent when you buy a bottle. Would they price it higher, I'd buy anyway. This is a huge whisky I'd love to have at cask strength, for a better length.

    I compared to 12yo, and this 18 is that better I can't finish my bottle of twelve, which is too young in comparison.
    • Nose
      Magnificient nose on olorosso sherry, but not only. Very faint smoke. Black currant. dark chocolate. Splendid, really
    • Taste
      Taste is thin compared to what the nose would suggest. Not heavy at all. A bit oily but not that much. With water, it becomes creamier. and clearly improves with water and time in the glass.
    • Finish
      I wish it was longer, but it's fresh and clean, a bit salty and coastal. And shows some complexity with water and when, again, you take your time with it.

  92. p4blo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A very nice core range expression from Bunnahabhain. Good value too.
    • Nose
      Rich, luscious sherry with notes of milk chocolate, toffee and an explosion of fruits - raisins, cherries, prunes, blackberries, blueberries and strawberries. Super fruity and inviting.
    • Taste
      Sweet, rich, rounded. Very fruity again with strawberry jam, orange zest, raisins, prunes. There is also a fair amount of chocolate and coffee beans.
    • Finish
      Quite long, slightly nutty, chocolatey and fruity at the same time.

  93. Dramned! scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  94. 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.

  95. Claudio + Cats scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Not so bad, this whisky. It's far from big whiskys, but it's good in its price range. What some super connoisseurs taste out is amazing. I taste whisky with a sherry note. No leather or indigo shoe soles with nutmeg, tanis root and devil's weed, nor melon roots with raspberry salad. I have been drinking whisky regularly for decades, because there's never been a Lederriehmen in a bottle. If I would like that, I buy a piece of leather, a nutmeg and water them. Then I pour half a bottle of vodka and hope it will be whisky. But I have not come up with such an idea yet. The Bunna 18 is something the little brother of the Yamazaki 18. Another little brother, but at least.
    On Neudeutsch: The good, others better, even more expensive. But no saufn leather with spice of bazar man. is shit say, full blatant schmekke like tea sausage from "he comes" wave with arms, buy all. Nothing in it is Taniswurzel, which only devils eat, but nothing of uncle with Gewurzstand to bazar bring there with tractor. Some earth has got in with Scherri. The juice from Böller to tree, is good this why you do not stink deutzsch.

  96. ApricotOne scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  97. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Great overall dram!
    • Nose
      Sweet and nutty nose. Sherry sweet with an underlying nutty aroma characteristic of the distillery. 
    • Taste
      Soft, sweet, and spicy arrival. Red fruit and warming spice, pronounced nuttiness, nut oil. 
    • Finish
      Diaphanous. The nut profile and spice emerges. Medium finish.

  98. Helgo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Sample of magge via TWS. Many Thanks! A great exciting and mega-complex Bunna. I have to say that I do not like the 12er. He has such a disturbing exhaust note for me.
    The 18er I find it much deeper, without jots and fantastic tuned. The sherry is not too sweet, but very present. Many dried fruits, such as raisins, plums and figs. Next a harsh but beautiful honey sweetness, similar to the Highland Park 18, then a lot of caramel (Raider or Twix) and a bit nutty,
    Slightly peppery and sweet as an interplay in the very long finish.
    All in all, I like it very much. Perfect older sherry ripening.
    The nose is here in front, then finish, then taste.

  99. Hobbit did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Great part. I had not expected such a sweetie. Very strong sherry influence. Nose and taste convince me fully, the finish could be a bit more intense.
    • Nose
      dark, sweet, slightly musty earthy, at first a little gum, dried fruit, salted chocolate, sweet sherry with toffee and caramel, honey, the "sea character" is by far not as strong as the 12er, but much more sherry, more sweetness. A touch of woodruff, raisins, plums, in the background orange, all sugared. Wow, he knows what! Very complex and balanced. Now and then comes again a surge of sea air and grass, then dominate again dark, set fruit, ingenious nose.
    • Taste
      salty, then heavy sherry-fruit explosion as expected from the aroma, while very mild to the tongue, creamy, some oak comes after, again sugar and toffee, very sweet and towards the end almost liqueur-like, light pepper
    • Finish
      short, plums, raisins, less salt, milk chocolate, oak, a few nuts in the background, sweetened coffee

  100. Archer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  101. pianoman scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sweetish and nutty. Honey, some sherry, caramel, spices. Very complex.
    • Taste
      Caramel, nuts, sherry, honey. Some chocolate, leather, oak.

  102. Archer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The nose, which has developed so slowly, I liked it very much. You can tell his age positively. There is nothing in the foreground, everything is very well coordinated. The oak is not too dominant. A very good, almost outstanding whisky.
    • Nose
      The nose begins very restrained, the whisky reveals its flavors only slowly. Dark and heavy. In the beginning, dark fruits such as plums, figs and red grapes dominate, suggesting sherry barreling. Nut aromas, thick toffee, milk chocolate. Over time oak comes to the fore, leather notes join it. Later salt and nutmeg. Very exciting, as the aromas unfold slowly and pass from a fruity onset into a oak-rich middle section and finally into a spicy conclusion.
    • Taste
      Dark, full, oily. Nut and almond flavors. Heavy forest honey, orange leaves. Milk chocolate and cocoa notes. Sweet and "firm", the whisky spreads throughout the palate. Spicy oak flavors mingle with vanilla and honey. The dark fruits from the nose can also be found on the tongue.
    • Finish
      A medium-length finish, sweet and supple.

  103. steinrich scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  104. Patrick93 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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

  105. Laga93 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      90 90

  106. Fight65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  107. Hare&Copper scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Heavy, sweet, oily rag, figs, licorice, floral, lollies, some sulfur.
    • Taste
      Heavy sherry, dry, prunes, toffee, raisins, salt/martime.
    • Finish
      Medium, drying.

  108. Othorion scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Again a clear increase to the 12er! A great, balanced malt
    • Nose
      salty sea air, plums, raisins, malt, toffee, oranges in honey, grassy notes, hints of nuts
    • Taste
      mild, gentle and creamy, nutty, slightly sweetened coffee, black pepper, oak, dark sherry fruits
    • Finish
      long, oak, strong black coffee, sherry fruits and further the thought of sea breeze

  109. Einfach_Supi scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Dark fruits, heavy sherry, bicycle tire, sweet kraternote, woodruff

    Mouth: Mild approach, the fruit explode, delicious cotton candy, but then come also fresh citrus, nutty

    Finish: beautiful bitterness of the oak slowly sets against the sweetness.

    A wonderful whisky, that tastes like the sherry barrel: Not so exaggerated, but very harmonious and I think, after the first 2.5cl there is still much more to discover (eg the maritime Noën). 90 points

  110. zormik scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  111. dram-drinker scored this whisky 91 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  112. dram-drinker scored this whisky 91 points Photo Moderator

    This one is well balanced and pretty enjoyable. However, personally I liked the previous edition at 43% abv a bit more because it was more maritime. This one is for sure a bit more mainstream and may find more support.
    • Nose
      Rich and sweet oak wood, megnut, sea breeze, cinnamon, some dried fruits, little vanilla
    • Taste
      Punchy, peppery, nutty, salty, little maritime, nice oak wood, subtle sweetness
    • Finish
      Long and burning, actually gets stronger in the end and just a tad bitter

  113. MrRancho scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Balanced, complex. It's fun to deal with him.
    • Nose
      Apricot, raisin, honey, some salt and sea air, some grass and soil
    • Taste
      Sweet, oak, salt, grass, lemon, iodine, hazelnut
    • Finish
      Beautiful, long, nutty finish with some dried fruit.

  114. Claudio + Cats scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Good whisky. Comes closest to the Yamazaki 18 if there is still a big difference. It also tastes good to people who are not necessarily whisky drinkers because it is a bit different than usual. On New German: Almost like the Japan, only different model. Krass, drinking well.

  115. pelle86 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      76 76

  116. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A very good malt, I really like it. I really like the combination of sherry and maritime notes. The price is justified, albeit borderline.
    • Nose
      (over) ripe, dark fruits; Sherry and tire rubber, pomegranate; Plums, sweet furniture polish
    • Taste
      heavier first, dark sherry; then comes a maritime note with raisins and a slight bitterness, acid; Oak
    • Finish
      long ... oak and sherry and again this pleasant, maritime touch

  117. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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

  118. McGipi scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    absolutely different Islay but delicious
    • Nose
      different, sherry sweetness, malty, caramel
    • Taste
      full-bodied, smooth, balanced, oak, chocolate,
    • Finish
      long sweet finish

  119. mer1973 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  120. Dalm did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Aroma: light sea breeze, dark sherry, caramel, herbs
    Taste: iodine, oak, chocolate
    Finish: long, spicy, fruity

  121. Segens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A very good dram for its money (100€)
    compared to the Bunna 25 I prefer the nose but as the taste is better on Bunna 25 the differences totally are so little that of course concerning the extra money to invest it makes more sense to go fur Bunna 18. Nevertheless it is a great experience to compare both and to have them next to each other in two glasses.
    • Nose
      First I have to say that I did a blind tasting between Bunna 18 & Bunna 25 so you will always find comparisons between both in this review.
      Plums, raisins, milk chocolate, some lemon and oranges. It is taking some minutes to get the full nose. Very nice, very complexvs Bunna 25: better and much more complex which is suprising. Also the alcohol is not there where it is not perfectly implemented in the Bunna 25
    • Taste
      The nose is also in the taste but with much less intensity. It is quite smooth and very elegant. Also oak is now there

      vs Bunna 25: Now you see the difference as the 25 is much more intense and much more balanced on the tongue.
    • Finish
      not very long but smooth and fruityvs Bunna 25 not a real difference

  122. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Weel balanced, great 18yo whisky!
    • Nose
      Sherry, dark fruits, nuts, vanilla, salty sea breeze.
    • Taste
      Complex, dark fruits, honey, sherry, oak, salt and further spices, roasted nuts in the background.
    • Finish
      Warming, long and dry.

  123. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  124. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Great whisky, one of my favorits. Worth buying a full bottle of it!

  125. fileosoph scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  126. Kaltduscher scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Blindverkostung.
    • Nose
      Fruity and soft. Fine sherry notes. Pickled cherries. Berry. Oranges. Brown sugar. Marzipan. Cloves. Nuts. Sea breeze. In the background herbs. Oak. The aromas are beautifully interwoven.
    • Taste
      Sweet with cherries and marzipan at first. Brown sugar. Then spicy. Pepper. Glazed ginger. Orange abrasion. Lemon juice. Some cinnamon. Espresso. Clear oak tannins.
    • Finish
      Long. Baked apples with raisins. Roasted nuts. Salted caramel. A dry and bitter finish with coffee, dark chocolate and oak.

  127. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Revisited 2015:

    My notes on opening this bottle were as follows:
    There’s so much straight sherry on the nose i’m not sure i can distinguish much else. This 18yo is certainly a lot more sherried and consequently less complex than the last batch i had,.. in 2011! The bitter=sweet interplay is the welcomed challenge here on the palate. Finishes with oak, dry oak - so its a dry sherry monster, with any subtlety or detail drowned by the [oloroso]. Really disappointing - mainly sherry.
    Several weeks later:
    N: Caramel, honey, five spice and plenty of oaked sherry. stewed fruits [pear, custard apple and blackberries], I compared this the other day with the Tomatin 18 WB, as there seemed more than a passing likeness, especially on the palate. What this comparison highlighted the most was the strong & weird ‘Bloody Mary’ vibe to this Bunna. As it opens out it becomes more tempered and prune like, but its really rather basic compared with versions a few years ago.
    T: Lots of rugged but soft oak with quite a mixture of cask types it seems. Plenty of sherry, custard-apple [skin], pear and plenty of active oak among a number of less well endowed casks. Good body weight overall. Theres a muddle in the middle of the development and although it sorts itself out in the main, theres an awkwardness throughout - a certain astringency, especially from the sherry… and a herbal [allium] edge too. Sweet apple skin presides with this edition. Fruity tannins herald the finish, actually its a [fruit skin/tannin] bitter=sweet affair,…… Plenty of vanillas.
    F: Peppery, spicy, tang with an oaky/hazelnut huskiness and mild liquorice.
    C: Still a credible oB 18yo for the splendid price of £66 Sept’ 14], but its certainly not as moorish as previous releases and fairly simple by comparison - with too much sherry the underlying issue.
    3 months later: I’ve compared this alongside almost every whisky I’ve tried over the last few months and it never seems to rival any of them, even ones i’ve struggled with or scored low. Ive got to admit, this is a fairly poor batch.

    Scores a C+

  128. The Macallan scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    A wonderful dram this is.
    • Nose
      Rich, sherry, some artificial chocolate, fruity
    • Taste
      Full, rich, dried fruit, oaky
    • Finish
      Warm, spicy and briny

  129. MadScientist scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  130. NamorX68 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Great nose the taste does not need to hide behind the nose.Genial !!
    • Nose
      Sherry, sweet, raspberries and dark berries, chocolate and sea and salt. Somehow a bit dirty ...
    • Taste
      strong onset not as sweet as in the nose, seasoning, oak, sherry, nuts, salt, raisins
    • Finish
      medium long, dry, salty, spicy

  131. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A great nose and also very good in the taste. A nice whisky!
    • Nose
      Intense sherry, dark fruit, full, a hint of sulfur, fresh mint, moist tobacco, nutmeg, spicy, some caramel, no trace of disturbing alcohol, artificial fruit, like chewing gum with a long smell, a very beautiful and varied nose, after the first Sip some milk chocolate
    • Taste
      Intense, creamy, sweet, dark fruits, wow very tasty, slightly oak, spicy, espresso with chocolate, again slightly sulfur
    • Finish
      The whole mouth is filled, some salt is added and it gets drier, but still fruity, plums, pleasantly long

  132. Doctor B. scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  133. rottendon scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A very interesting sherry whisky, which unlike many others is not boring, but sets enough counterpoints to be interesting.

    However, as part of a blind tasting I recently tried a batch that I did not like by shifting the proportions of the flavors to each other. That could not happen with a one-dimensional sherry whisky. Since I assume that there is an exception to this batch, there is still no point deduction.
    • Nose
      Full flavors, first lake and salt, then more sherry. The flavors do not bite each other, but are interwoven.
    • Taste
      Sweet from the sherry, salty from the sea, slightly astringent and a little tart from the oak, wonderful. The oily consistency feels good.
    • Finish
      A rather long finish, where both sweetness and oak remain in the mouth for a long time. Slightly salty and nutty at the back.

  134. Opeth83 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  135. irrerelevant scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    nose Full, sweet, intense sherry, rum raisins, marzipan, rose water, oak comes already, really ripe, dark, behind the whole sherry is a lot of vanilla, dense and complex, there is absolutely nothing burning
    taste Beautiful sherry sweet, soft, mature, deep, full, complex ... the madness! Marzipan, very vinous
    leaving Long, with almonds, thicker oak and a lot of sherry, a few herbs in the back
    Comments Reminds me here and there of the great longmorns of SV, full of intense, as one imagines a sherry old.
    Notes from blind tasting

  136. Gloin scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The sherry in the nose is relatively sweet. This makes the whisky younger. In the mouth, the whisky is a bit more mature, the fruits sour and darker, the wood more intense. The finish disappointed a little. The depth is missing. Nevertheless: a delicious whisky with a clear sherry influence without completely dominating. It lacks some complexity, but it is very "drinkable" and makes you want more.
    blind tasting
    • Nose
      Sweet sherry, fruity, sweet red fruits like strawberries, less raspberries, spicy in the background, wood, earthy, after a while the sweetness goes back a bit
    • Taste
      Cool onset with a gentle tingle on the tongue. Light body. Unlike in the nose. The fruits become more acidic, the wood and the spice come out stronger, a little less sweet. Despite the spice, the whisky does not seem really old.
    • Finish
      A slight bitterness like burned sugar, some oak, the sherry / fruit note recedes. The finish is not intense, if not short.

  137. Butz75 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  138. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A complex, full-bodied and great balanced whisky with an impressive
    finish. Excellent drinkable, at best on the shore at Bunnahabhain
    distillery with a nice view to the paps of Jura.

    https://www.facebook.com/Whisky-Connaisseur-550443305109776
    • Nose
      A lot is going on here. Sweet and sherried maritime nose. Orange
      marmalade and dark dried fruits (blueberry, raspberry), raisins mixed
      with damped wood. Earthy and leathery notes, ginger spice and a hint of
      cinnamon. Typical Bunnahabhain style with pleasant balsamic vinegar.
    • Taste
      Wow! Sweet arrival of dried dark fruits, ginger and cinnamon spice,
      nutmeg. Silky, bold and very complex. Earthy notes with malted barley
      and delicate toffee. Hints of leather and dark bitter chocolate shines
      through. Very will integrated and balanced.
    • Finish
      Quite long and intense. Sweet fruitiness with lots of spice, pepper,
      dark dry chocolate and tobacco. Ends in a slightly salty finish.


      WITH WATER: Water tamed the fruity and sherry sweetness and increased
      the spiciness of this dram. The is a slight boost of saltiness.

  139. filleadh mhòr scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    a very good, most pleasant, strong and in the same time elegant bunna. much better than the 12 IMHO. unfortunately it's expensive.  
    • Nose
      salted nuts, oloroso, humidor, so cedar wood and spicy non-lit tobacco, leather, candied apricots, some sour note as well. water adds cider-apples.
    • Taste
      strong and oily. malt, sherry-fruits (apricot, orange, orange peel), tobacco, leather, wax, some coffee (just a little but black and strong, surely no milk), very dark chocolate, pepper, a touch of cinnamon. 
    • Finish
      medium to long. lots of nuts, leather, tobacco, cinnamon, a hint of dark and dry chocolate. 

  140. filleadh mhòr scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  141. Teun de Gelder scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  142. Defeatless scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose: lovely sweet maritime notes. some seaweed. dark dried fruit. Really pleasing smell. Liquorish and salmiac notes. With water more of the above.

    Taste: sweet burst of salty water. Hint of leather. Some shoepolish and oakwood. Hint of sherry but not much. with water more dark spices (minced coriander cumin etc.)

    Body: full and rounded.

    Finish: medium-long. a little drying. Hint of sherry and some salmiac and salt water. with water there is a bigger burst of the saltyness and some citrus pops up.

    Price: this one is also on the rise in a very extravagant way, seems to be a more and more popular distillery.

    Presentation: Decent, just the info needed on the box
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  143. Noface83 scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    Nose: deep sherry (Oloroso) with dark fruits, raisins and a fine nut nuance. Tobacco and a splash of dirty salt water. Cider apples and caramel. Very round sherry nose with a hint of dirty Bunna character.
    Taste: strong onset. Almost peppery. A spray of salt water and fruity sherry pours into the throat. Toffee and raisins. In the finish then an almost infinite Scherrynote with nut, dark chocolate and beautiful oak.
    With water the sherry notes and the fresh tobacco in the nose become even stronger. In the mouth loses a bit of power but is even smoother and sweeter. Like a 40% cream sherry. Unfortunately, however, water slightly reduces the rich oak in the finish. Nevertheless, an addition of some water is recommended.
    A great malt!
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      94 94

  144. DrinkingWhisky scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Tasted 01/02/2015.
    • Nose
      Even laten staan om de eerste alcoholdampen te verdrijven. Donker fruit, iets leer-achtigs met een licht ziltige frisheid op de achtergrond.
    • Taste
      Eerst komen associaties van een typische sherrywhisky naar boven: donker fruit, rozijnen; daarna komen de frissere tonen naar voren: wat sinaasappel, toffee. Heeft een redelijk volle smaak, maar mist een écht stevige body.
    • Finish
      Lekkere, mediumlange finish.

  145. FernetBranco scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      85 85

  146. Ciro scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  147. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Great complexity, one of the best Bunnas I've tried. Thanks to Stefan PN for the sample.

    (Rating interval 86-89)
    • Nose
      Cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins and prunes but also some dried apricots. There is also a slight hint of metal like many other bunnas and good quality balsamico vinegar.
    • Taste
      Strawberries and mixed spices on the arrival together with some creamy malt. Cinnamon, nutmeg and banana on the development, I am also thinking camphor. An explosion of fruits after the addition of water.
    • Finish
      The finish is fruity and creamy at the same time, there is also a quite strong white pepper note in the mix. Some dried fruits and cough drops hanging around for quite some time.

  148. HansDampf scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    Like a wave that breaks and then retreats very slowly. I like him very much! 94 points
    • Nose
      Raisins, leather, fresh pipe tobacco, some Amarena cherry, ripe apples
    • Taste
      salty sea air superimposed by old sherry or Madeira, shortly comes through the barrel, then prunes, nuts, Lackritz
    • Finish
      First sherry, then comes the barrel, and again and again here dark dried fruit, long and persistent

  149. Shane_IL scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    This is an exceptional whisky, the finish is particularly remarkable. One of my favorites. 
    • Nose
      Raisins, dark fruits, bitter chocolate with sea salt, biscuits soaked in cherry cordial. Thick rich caramel. Dark wet wood. Treacle. Slight hint of char. Woody vanilla. With time a grassy herbal note develops. 
    • Taste
      Rich thick dark woods. Salt. Freshly ground coffee, Toffee, Roasted nuts, more dark fruit, citrus bitters on the swallow. 
    • Finish
      Exceptionally long and rich, has a thick feeling to it, caramels, wood, brewed coffee and bitter chocolate, a bit of the aftertaste of a good cigar. 

  150. Alex scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Clean and classy style, very good body and perfect drinking strength. Here talks the spirit, not the wood! Delicious hints of coffee and orange chocolate framed by salt and coastal notes. One of the best 18 yo OB's on the market.

  151. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very good one!

    Clear, quite complex and deep, rich, powerful, satisfying …

    A real Bunna !

    You should try !!

  152. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Tasting with FineSpirits_butler1.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  153. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    regular intensification of certain aromas up to storminess.

    It's an Islay whisky - yes, indeed!

    Don't rush on this one.

    round, full and complex with depth.

    Definitive standard I want to get one day.
    • Nose
      salt water, cherry, apples, spice, 'Bunnahabhain'-character with a certain maritime sourness with apples and fruit vinegar, seaweed on rocks, yellow banana peel, plums, green grapes with seeds, sometimes caramel, noble tart chocolate, Sherry, freshness, very clear, touches of citrus (lemon juice) from the alcohol, neutral shoe polish, hot cherry sauce, fresh leather and old leather satchel, sourish pear, resinous wood with dominant salt crust, wooden posts in the water with maritime spices, port, coffee powder from heavily roasted beens
    • Taste
      fiery (very) and stormy, motor oil, spices, tartness, tobacco leaves, leather, espresso powder, cocoa powder, fruit, sweet and sour, lemon juice, highly diluted apple vinegar, peppercorns, salt, later old pads, old leather shoes
    • Finish
      in the beginning hints of Sherry cask; wood, fruit (sour-tart), spices, espresso, citrus, dark chocolate, brandy bean, getting dry, hints of raisin, wet rock (stones), chives, almost peppery, plums, some orange peel

  154. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    intense, full and balanced - standard!
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  155. Achany scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  156. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  157. Corso_theRed scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Wonderfully
    balanced sherry malt and well-suited for an evening in a cozy arm chair. It is
    easy-drinking and full of pleasant aromas, while still moderately complex to
    suit more in-depth tasting sessions. Recommended.
    • Nose
      Full
      of vinous sherry notes. Juicy, with sour alcohol-infused grapes and sweet
      raisins. Initially, this reminds me of a darker, more matured Glenmorangie
      Lasanta. Gingerbread, candied oak, mild sulfur, and cinnamon.
    • Taste
      Full-bodied
      arrival with sweet caramel. Dark dried fruits, such as prunes and blackberries.
      Quickly followed by a touch of menthol and licorice. With some more air, it
      turns even more Christmas-cakey on the palate.
    • Finish
      Medium-long.
      Slightly bitter, but still very full of caramel and wood spice.

  158. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    ‘A drinkers paradise'
    N: Sherry meets cocoa butter meets chewy dried fruits meets an old seaside boat yard. Nutty, toasted, oily, dirty, peaty pancakes, creamy vanilla, buttery/citrus, almond/pecan & cinnamon pastries, Caramac with yeast and pink wafer biscuits [slightly stale] - all sorts here. There are signs of some less that favourable casks in the midst [including a smidgen of sulphur], but thats all out shone by such wonderful maturity and complexity that heralds time for some dad noises. Delectable nose.

    T: Relaxed and yet clumsy arrival - actually rugged is a better word - salty and herbal but the creamy, oaky malt soon balances any over egged seasoning and bitterness. The sherry has a huge and influential role as part of the interplay between spirit and wood. That sherry is filthy, haha, old style oaky sherry, if you’ve ever visited the distillery, the architecture and decor is in keeping with the grubby old style of its whisky which is part of its unique charm. Everything combines wonderfully well, offering a delicious full mouthful. Slightly drying but not a problem.

    F: Salty fruits [from the bourbon casks] ride the crest of a woody sherry wave as it thickens and becomes a buttery, peppery malt slowly unravelling and releasing more and more depth until it disappears enigmatically with smoky oak lingering. Occasional and sublime touches of vanilla and greengage jelly peat keep the taste buds on high alert. Chocolate? - yes! Flint - that should be emphasised. Anyone who played with lighters will know th smell/taste of flint - and here it is coupled with twigs and green leaves from privet hedges, and also, lick a beach pebble and you’re getting close. Does this come from the cask? Theres often mention of gunpowder in Karuizawa’s for instance, for Bunna 12 and 18n its gunpowder, flint and pebbles.
    C: Mildly reminds me of Glendronach 21 parliament, but thankfully with balance and without a cloying nature - this is a drinkers paradise. If there was any criticism its that its lacking in that special life sparkle you get from super 12yo batches and more active cask management in general. You can’t help sensing that mass blended single malt impression you get from large volume vattings, but hey, you get that from the 12yo too and most other distilleries. Having said that, its not weak, its very full bodied and will keep giving. Furthermore, its a serious maturity jump from the 12yo. Those six years haven’t been wasted. Don’t add water mind, its a sensitive malt. Overall, really good stuff, superbly blended, thoughtfully matured and at £62 at time of writing, this is one superb everyday drinker giving copious 'dad noises’. One must appreciate the harmony between spirit, cask and sherry/bourbon influence over the years of maturity. Even with a touch of sulphur, the controversial J. Murray scores it 93.5 - and that says a lot for the performance of this malt. For me, Bunnas work best with at least a touch of peat, sherry & bourbon casks and time. What we have here is a splendid example in execution of those elements. I can only imagine the splendicity of a Bunna 18 with the cask quality control offered by the likes of Talisker and Springbank at the moment.  Then we would have a stella star performer in our midst and one to rival the lamented Karuizawa’s, oh yes.

    Scores an A-

  159. Toffie76 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nice, robust and complex. Aaah, a CS version would be welcome!
    • Nose
      Toffee, salty, mineral, a touch of smoke. Sweety salty. Candy, confectionery, candied fruit, candied gentian, marshmallow. Salted caramel. A touch of sea water, seaweed.
    • Taste
      Always a balanced sweet / salty super playful. Gourmand. Toffee. Wet wood. Complex. Spicy. Ginger, white pepper. Lemon, zest. Sawdust.
    • Finish
      Average length. Clean. Clean. A little bitterness. Back a trace of smoke, charcoal. A small trace of peat. Salted caramel again.

  160. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Light nose with the sweet sherry fruits to the fore alongside salty butter, honey and tablet. Similarly light and sweet on the nose, with the honey and salt lingering at the end. The finish was slightly too drying for my taste.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  161. Roelv scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    I like this version a lot better then the previous one at 43%
    • Nose
      Orange,Berries, Raisins,Plum, Apple, Vanilla
    • Taste
      Red Fruits, Vanilla, Raisins, Creamy, Dried fruits ( apple , pear, apricot )
    • Finish
      Dried fruits ( apple , pear , Apricot , Whiff of smoke at the very end

  162. C.H.M. scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    spicy, strong, strong, smoke and sea, a whisky that always tastes good

  163. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting of a sample.
    This one goes on my wishlist.
    • Nose
      Plum, fig, orange, eucalyptus, caramel, cherry, apple, bramble, butter and honey . Whiffs of leather, smoke and sulphur. The sherry component gives a more mature impression than its actual age.
    • Taste
      Plum, toffee, orange, bramble, apple syrup and honey. Again, the sherried part is what gives it its maturity.
    • Finish
      Mocha, plum, cherry, toffee, apple, eucalyptus, raisin and a whiff of smoke. Drying.

  164. thijs100 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The 18yo from Bunnahabhain is just a great whisky. It is perfectly balanced.
    • Nose
      The combination of whisky matured in bourbon and sherry casks really works for me. It has a great mineral lightness with a salty undertone and maybe even some clay. The sherry translates to sweet honey and caramel.
    • Taste
      A lovely creamy mouthfeel, with again some seasalt already present in the nose. There is also orange and maybe even some citrus to go with coffee and toasted nuts.
    • Finish
      Cherries first, but after that the herbs and spices take over. It finishes with a leathery wood taste.

  165. Igor scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Peat-lovers be cautious: low ppm content. Which, as you probably know, promises no peat reek. Very, I mean VERY difficult to catch any of that peaty smoke Islay whiskies are so famed for. For me, phenols left all but imperceptible.
    • Nose
      Botanical/herbaceous, grassy plants, wild flower, clay too. Mainly green theme takes place here. Frisky, even feisty somewhat, it unfolds with light grapy sweetness after a while. Rather homogeneous nose, - not a great deal of complexity I had found. Actually smells quite youngish, despite the fact of those long eighteen years spent asleep inside the oak casks. Confusing, isn't it?
    • Taste
      The palate is more interesting. It starts creamy-sweet, vanilla, custard powder, mousse, Swiss roll, Madeira cake. Shortly after it sinks in, taking salty, marine tinge of seaweed, iodine, seawater, slightly bitter, orange pith, then acidic, citric-sour, vinegary almost. Full-bodied to all appearance.
    • Finish
      Long, citrussy-hot, where's peat?!, strangely - shellfish (seldom I encounter such thing), olive oil, dry wood, white oak, anise, allspice, crispy, bitter orange, just a tiny slice of lemon.

  166. j j scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    n:light fruit, candy, pepper.

    trange, wood, little smoke influance.

    f:bittersweet, wood is back, medium dry finish.

    potstillfestival note, single dram.

  167. Ruud6421 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Qualitatively good whisky. Don't know of it justifies its price. I personally like the bunna 12 better. But that one just fits my profile better.
    • Nose
      Warming. Dark fruit. Cherries. Quity spicy, as in gluhwein or herbal liquers. A tat sour and a tat smoky. A salty undertone. Full nose with that typical bbunna fruitiness
    • Taste
      More cherries and dark fruits. Chocolate and coffee. Very warming. Spicy and a bit of smoke.
    • Finish
      Quite long and spicy

  168. Volanne scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A nice middle aged refill-sherry Speyside malt? Rather archetypal but very good stuff.
     
    Tasted blind for whisky-distilleries.info WDTS: http://www.whisky-distilleries.info/WhiskyWDTS/index_EN.shtml
    • Nose
      Quite rich and appealing. Lovely sweet sherry of medium age. Fragrant tobacco. A hint of coconut. Roasted almond peels. Coffee schnaps. Chocolate flavoured sponge cake. Saint-Epvre (macaroon cake with coffee buttercream). Chestnut honey. And some alcohol to sustain the whole stuff.
    • Taste
      We play the same score. Even softer. More honey, with a nice, creamy mouthfeel. Quite some soft spices (a hint of smoke now), and even a flowery side.
    • Finish
      More burnt wood now. Gets a tad drier. Comes back on bitter cocoa.

  169. Titi94 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Reviews of La Vigneraie:
    This bottling evokes cooked apples, old leather and dried fruits, before evolving on more spicy flavors.

  170. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    N: sherry, dried fruits, wood smoke, raisins and honey
    T: sweet, dried fruits, syrup, nuts and orange lemonade
    F: bitter tinkling, ongoing sweetness and medium drying
    tasted with DH17 Dramclub

  171. Furtia scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  172. QuarterCentury scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Introduced in 2010, this is the relaunched version of Bunnahabhain 18yo,

    with owners Burn Stewart having ditched the caramel colouring and

    chill-filtration and upped the strength to 46.3%. A triumph for

    `naturalist` whisky drinkers and a PR triumph for Burn Stewart.

  173. alectron scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      somewhat faint nose altogether, but nice complex balance of a multitude of flavours. Savoury malt sweetness (Blockmalz Bonbons) +/o, leather o, some old & some burnt wood o, lemon oil o/-, nuts o/-, wood polish -, (85)

      A bit later: Very similar to the above notes, but much more vivid now and a tad sweeter plus the wood seems to become younger/brighter (87)
    • Taste
      dark malt sweetness, feels like a bit of dry sherry plus a lot of wood that contributes to becoming bitter on the palate, not as harsh as the 12yo, but not that pleasant for me neither. (79)

      Later (+60 mins): sherry sweeter, chocolate, mild curry notes, most of the bitterness is gone now (86)
    • Finish
      shorter than I hoped for & what remains is some dryness and traces of complex but faint malt sweetness... (78)

      Later (+60 mins): longer & much more pleasant now. Caramel, salt, plum-fruit-tea, and the wood dryness returns as well, but not as extreme as before.... (85)

  174. PierreDH scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Everything is there but we wait for the explosion that does not come.
    Tasted blinds (blind testing) in the framework of " Whisky-Distillery Tasting Sessions " (WDTS) => http://www.whisky-distilleries.info/WhiskyWDTS/index.shtml
    • Nose
      A bit of exotic fruitiness with a hint of Milk Chocolate. Malta. All pretty clear, nothing stands out. The scents are there but no click. Pity.
    • Taste
      Greasy, sweet but a bit pungent all the same.
    • Finish
      Long, subtle, however. Exotic fruit, furtive but pleasant. Fresh freshness brought by liquorice flavors. Milk chocolate. Followed by nuts and a lingering bitterness. All is concluded on a sweet impression quite pleasant.

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