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Overall rating
91.39/100
votes
125
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Adelphi (AD)
Bottling serie
Selection
Vintage
1979
Bottled
02.2011
Stated Age
31 years old
Casktype
1st fill Sherry
Casknumber
8893
Number of bottles
516
Strength
46.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
18 Mar 2011 11:07 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 539,00

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Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 1979 AD

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.39 points

  1. 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

  2. nallacam scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Blind tasting: Wow ... the colleague starts very dark and set. A beautiful, thick leather note flows out of the glass. Closely followed by leather care products. A ripe sweetness comes to it. Reminds me somehow of sweet liquorice. These ripe, balanced sherry aromas just make me a little bit. : Love: Nothing bothers here, everything flows smoothly into each other. I do not notice much of the alcohol. He is far behind in the background. I'll take some time in the glass ... Blueberries and dried oranges. Chocolate and cold filter coffee. Subtle toasted aromas and a pleasant pinch of pepper come through. Also smells a bit of balsamic sauce. I could smell it forever ... forever ...: D
    • Taste
      But spicy, slightly sour start. Walnut and a little bitter herbs. Then comes this powerful, set, syrupy sweetness. Blackberry with pepper, espresso and men's chocolate. The whole mouth is syrupy and brings the taste of thick, dark cherries with it. Juicy orange with a great pinch of cinnamon. This interplay of spicy on sweet is already a number! Towards the end, the roasted aromas are also noticeable.
    • Finish
      Long with leather, espresso and liquorice. This thick fruit sweetness gives me then the rest. As I write here, I look into my glass and see this horny streaking.

  6. Helgo scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Insanity part. This Bunna was my winner of the day at the open tasting in the old stand pub no. 1 in Delitzsch. Everything fits. The nose is almost perfect. Great tension in the taste, Very balanced body with strong long finish with the perfect oak at the end,
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  7. I_SPEY did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Bunnahabhain 1979 31yo 46,5%, 1st fill sherry butt#8893 516 bottles, Adelphi

    Deep oloroso in colour

    Nose:

    This one I had been looking forward to… I mean, the color alone on this one – my worst fear was that I could be sulphur tainted – and 

    I did read somewhere it had some struck matches in it… Luckily I was wrong! This smells of amaretto, maybe some kahlua, all sorts of 

    coffee and chocolate notes, just a beautiful nose!

    Taste:

    The taste is dry – really dry, and no sulphur there either *phew*

    It’s one of those desert dry oloroso whiskies that just makes your mouth water like a waterfall to make up for the dryness.

    Not much Bunna left in this one, I agree – the only Bunna-thing I got was the trademark old Bunna ale notes midway towards the finish. 

    Else, it goes on with clean sherry, chocolates allsorts, coffees, orange liquers.

    Absolutely Bunna-licious!

    This is certainly a dessert whisky and no need for a piece of chocolate cake after this one – a cracker and beats the DTC bottling 

    by a 1-point margin.

     92/100! 

  8. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by Adelphi;

    1 of only 516 bottles from cask no. 8893

    Another great, elderly 1st fill sherry butt from Bunnahabhain. Polished old cherry wood or even a dark magenta colour with crémant beading (just over the magic 46% vol). A first impression of cola bottles and cola cubes, or possibly the cola concentrate for Soda Stream. Then, bitter black cherries and a rich chocolate fondant or soufflé with just a hint of coffee grounds. The nose becomes increasingly Cognac-like, a theme taken up by the taste at natural strength (best tasted this way). The whisky continues to open up with burnt Christmas cake edges, traces of mile chocolate and Christmas spices – allspice and nutmeg. A huge taste and finish.

  9. Micha Thorsten scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  10. KayMeertens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting of a sample. I really like it but I wouldn't rate it 90+.
    • Nose
      Heavy sherry with dates, raisins, red berries, apple, orange and balsamic vinegar. Also an oaky spiciness with cloves and pencil shavings.
    • Taste
      Sherry and spicy oak. Raisins, blueberries, gunpowder, pepper, cloves, dates, mocha, almond and orange. With water a bit of eucalyptus.
    • Finish
      Sherry, pepper, raisins, leather, mocha, gunpowder and a whiff of rubber.

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