Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Adelphi (AD)
Bottling serie
Stated Age
31 years old
1st fill Sherry
Number of bottles
46.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
18 Mar 2011 11:07 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 539.00

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142 × member ratings

162 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 1979 AD

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.40 points

  1. IronChic scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  2. _Key_ =) scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    Nose: complex with hazelnut, coffee, some leather and maybe tobacco and hints of peach and strawberry. A whiff of mint as well. After a while some milk chocolate as well.

    Taste: at first a little less complex and much sweeter as well. Lingering on the fruity side. Very pleasant mouthfeel.

    Finish: pleasant again, mouthwatering but not too strong. Fruity notes leaning towards jam.

    Very nice example of Sherry finished Bunnahabhain.

  3. Gregers scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Great dram showing the best of both age and sherry notes, wonderful complexity without being too sweet.

    Review: https://youtu.be/J0dKMn074ZE
    • Nose
      93 93
      Furniture polish, coffee, toffee, figs, raising, dates, leather, a bit of tobacco, apple juice, even a bit of pineapple juice. Some mint, dried herbs, and later caramel shows up as well.
      One to nose for lengths of time.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Good, strong coffee. Wait, this is whisky, isn't it? Right here the first impression is just a strong espresso with a bit of sugar and then spiked with alcohol. What we call a coffee punch in Denmark, but admittedly much better and a lot more complex. A tiny note of peppermint peeks out. Second chew brings more spices, cinnamon, pepper, some dried herbs, more oak and wood spices, lots of barley, and the coffee is still going strong. Fig jam as well. Third chew brings orange oils, dark chocolate, again with the coffee and peppermint, really a wonderful mix and a great balance. Perfect if you like your sherried whiskies showing complexity and not too much sweetness.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Espresso with a bit og sugar while nibbling on a piece of dark chocolate. Still some orange oils showing, and a bit of mint. Very nice. Long and smooth, with no detours.

  4. Vince scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Finest aged sherry from Bunnahabhain that I every had and probably actually the best Bunna I ever had. Very generous from Mark K. to share with our club. this one an experience and easily competes with the best from Glendronach, Macallan or Glenfarclas.

  5. Soderberg scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  6. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Also too bitter for my taste, but still a good quality malt with subtle notes but the are well integrated.
    • Nose
      Subtle sulfur, the way like expired, slightly acidic coffee, well integrated, dates, camphor, cumin, maggi, nutmeg, pencil lead, figs, dark malt, old wooden box, furniture polish, dark chocolate
    • Taste
      Lots of dark chocolate on the go, coffee, lead, autumn leaves, cocooning heather, dates, almost like old, dry sherry, no whisky, chestnut, camphor, saffron, anise
    • Finish
      Very bitter, thin, but long, coffee, lavender heather

  7. dramspotter scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Notes from a blind mystery tasting. Guessed it is 20-25 years old so a bit short there.
    • Nose
      pungent, aromatic, sulphur - seems 53% on the nose
    • Taste
      sappy mouthfeel
    • Finish
      tannins, plenty of wood elements

  8. nallacam scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    About the color you have to say nothing, an extremely round and complex whisky. An Adelphi bottling "at its best".
    • Nose
      91 91
      Dark fruits, raisins, cocoa, dried fruit, sherry, beeswax, nectar, old plank flooring, very balanced and round
    • Taste
      90 90
      Harmony Pure! Among the already existing fruits is orange. A light but pleasant bitterness on tap. An extremely balanced taste, very fine.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium long, pleasantly sweet.

  9. dram-drinker scored this whisky 92 points Moderator

    Heavy sherry bomb but round and sweet - fantastic!
    • Nose
      93 93
      Intense, full bodied sherry wood, acacia honey, coffee, toffee, dark and dried fruits, plums, dates, hints of solvent - great!
    • Taste
      92 92
      Little punchy, oily, creamy, mellow, more dried fruits, cinnamon, nutmeg, cooked oranges, good sweetness, good oak wood, pines, little tannic but not bitter, more on caramel, toffee, espresso, hints of rubber - very good
    • Finish
      91 91
      Medium long, warm, still creamy, little sweet, dark chocolate, not drying

  10. Segens scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    The best Bunna I have had so far!
    I am not sure if the distillery character really shows up in the malt but the sherry influence baaam! (especially the nose is so great you could smell it forever)
    The taste has the perfect balance of fruitiness and sherryness. Some nuts but then immediately oranges, grapes & plums. And also the finish has this decent espresso flavour and is just leaving a big smile on the face behind.


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