Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
18 years old
46.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
06 Mar 2011 4:47 am

Average value

€ 104,19

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Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain XVIII

146 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.50 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 90 points Administrator

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

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

  2. peatbogger scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

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

  3. peatbogger scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

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

      Rich sherry, red berries, sugared orange.

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

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

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

      Deep sherry, chocolate, coffee.

      Very well in tune with the nose.

      Pepper and nutmeg.
    • Finish
      Delicious and long lasting.

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

  4. Pollenflug scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  5. Dramned! scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  6. The_Independent scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  7. wako93 scored this whisky 87 points Member 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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)


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