Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Whiskydudes (WDS)
Bottling serie
Staoisha Heavily Peated
Stated Age
08 years old
1st fill sherry butt / 1st fill Oloroso qtr
Number of bottles
59.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Netherlands Netherlands
Added on
12 jan 2023 9:20 pm by Whiskydudes
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 108.96

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17 × member ratings

43 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Bunnahabhain 2014 WDS

8 users have left 8 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.40 points.

  1. Koning scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I'm quite impressed by this 8 years old Stoaisha. It is definitely a powerful dram, but it also has the complexity and balance of much older malts!
    • Nose
      89 89
      A rather light but sweet medicinal peat with mouthwatering savoury tones: honeyed ham straight out of the oven! Some chocolate and a lit match mark the sherry influence. A fresh also appears: herbs, fennel and indeed some asparagus (I dig Hammerhead fot that one!).
    • Taste
      89 89
      Heavier peated now. Dark chocolate, espresso, dried fruits and sour cherries. The trademark Bunna saltiness is there, including a tiny hint of sulphur. Again a fresher side develops, now with aniseeds in the lead. All-in all, it is a thick, sweet and chewy palate with a lot happening.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium peated on the finish, in a more ashy style now. The honey / bbq notes of the nose return, with warming spices and a bit of sulphur.

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  3. Henkham scored this whisky 91 points Member Junior

    Damn what a great whisky!
    On the nose a little bit of stable, smoke, red fruit, leather, ash, rubber and something of a great barbecue!
    Warm, full flavour, coffee/mocha, dark fruit (blackberries, blueberry), smoked ham (bbq), salty, rubber, pepper, slightly sour from pineapple/orange, honey, hazelnut, licorice laurel and a little medicinal, with the alcohol 59.2 very well integrated, this whisky consumed without water, very tasty!

  4. Dre73 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I do have a weakness for a good peat and olorosocask combination, and since this Staoisha meets this qualification, I actually really like these kind of bottlings. A powerful dram, but certainly not too hefty, not too ashy but enough woodsmoke and especially roasted meat, and of course a lot of red fruitiness, berries.
    On a cold and dark day, there's not so much more to long for than a whisky like this and a good book.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Very preasent nose, peat, roasted meat, a lot of red fruits, berries, woodsmoke. Some autumn forest vibes. Alcohol is present but not that punching.
      After some time, peat gets more to the back, red fruits get in the front, with some ashy whiffs in between.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Sal ammoniac initially, licorice, pepper. Powerful but not too hefty or intense. Smoky, roasted meat again, and a lot of red fruits, berries, cherries, some whiffs of cinnamon. A thick, creamy structure.
    • Finish
      88 88
      More smooth now, but warming in the belly. More dominant red fruits now, with only some ashiness in the pretty long, warming finish. Also some berries remain quite some time. Later on more woody and some hint of tobacco.

  5. Ruisdael scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nice full sherry peat! Expertly made. Nothing to add to the reviews. Very drinkable whisky. Price-quality somewhat out of balance given the age. But: craftsmanship. Well made.

  6. RobbievdB scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Another Staoisha by WDS, lighter than it’s predecessors, suggesting less in the face sherry. Quite juicy but also a bit stingy initially. After airtime (and a splash of water - it can handle it) I got red berries syrup, Café Noir cookies, anise and fennel (like opening a bag of quality drop), smoked caramel pecan icecream, crispy bacon, warm sweet bbq sauce, bonfire ashes and some sulphur. Another quality release. Not sure which style I prefer, this (A) or the ‘in the face’ siblings (C/D). Different picks for different evenings I guess. Good stuff!

  7. HammerHead scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    It's a pretty great bottling this Staoisha. A bit stingy/peppery on the initial palate, but just give it some time in the glass and enjoy.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Incredibly savory with some sweet fruitiness behind all the funky stuff. BBQ-smoke, meaty, glazed ham, sweet and salty soy sauce, dried peat and grasses, grated old Gouda cheese, asparagus (the Dutch white ones), a note of hard boiled egg yellow, pine nuts, sesame seed, dill, fennel. Sour cherries, raisins and blue-/blackberries (including the dry forest soil itself) are popping up behind all this this savory delight. Extended time in the glass reveals hints of mustard in the background.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Greasy and oily in the mouth, the raisins, cherry and blackberry are more on the foreground now and way sweeter. The initial rush of alcohol is quite stingy, so I'm definitely adding some water.
      Spicy and meaty with sweet soy sauce, charred BBQ-bricks, a hint of asparagus, grilled ham, slight honey, black pepper and clove. Roasted pine nuts and walnut as well and finally a drying ashiness in the development, while still retaining the initial sweetness.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long and lingering: more raisins and berries (currants), soy sauce, salty, quite spicy, liquorice, roasted meat, ending on clear notes of black pepper, a glazed honey sweetness and charcoal.

  8. thijs100 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Peat, sherry and some dirty edges.
    • Nose
      It's certainly not lacking for gunpowder, but sulphur has been a constant in all of the Whiskdudes' Staoisha over the years. And none of them have suffered for it. Warming winter spices such as cinnamon, accompanied by dark chocolate, tar and charred beef. There's also room for lighter, fruitier notes such as blackcurrant, oranges and pickled lemon. Good stuff.
    • Taste
      Creamy mouthfeel with a sulphured arrival that morphs into notes of rye bread, black berries, charcoal and intense wood smoke. Also a pinch of salt, some fennel and a gingery spiciness. A soft medicinal touch touch too.
    • Finish
      Long with charred oak, cloves, black pepper and cured meats.

  9. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Staoisha by WhiskyDudes… it’s starting to become a household name! After a very successful ‘cask C’ and ‘cask D’ release, it’s now time for ‘Cask A’ to be revealed! Are we up for a treat once more? Well that’s a big fat affirmative!
    • Nose
      Well hello Staoisha! That’s a pleasant first impression. This nose offers quite some spiciness right from the start. The obvious peaty smell left aside, it offers me exciting combinations of smells like star anise, coriander and fennel. The freshness throughout the spiciness is highly likable! Coastal influences are there as well as in the salty sea breeze while walking down the beach. Ashes, flame grilled meat and smoky raisins complete a very interesting and fantastic nose.
    • Taste
      A chalky mouthfeel leads in a very balanced palate with a lot of impact. The warmth of the ABV adds balls to the body and in my opinion it does not need water at all. It has a lot of power though, so be sure to determine your own sweet spot! The palate offers me Cherry beer, autumn forest, rooibos tea, black berries and some sourness as in green apple.
    • Finish
      This finish is lingering on and on and it seems to be endless. Again flame grilled meat, earlier noticed spices, salty flavors and ashes are present. Also the finish adds quite some licorice. It leaves a mouth coating feeling on the palate that one can chew on for a long, long time. What a fantastic finale to a superb dram this is.

      While C and D are undoubtedly big on sherry, this dram makes a whole different entrance. The cask influence is definitely more subtle, giving a whole other face to the Staoisha once more. In my opinion this one is even better than cask C and D, simply because it offers more layers, more depth and more complexity. The balance with the used casks is near perfection. But most important, after the original cask, C and D, WhiskyDudes succeeded once more in creating a unique expression of Staoisha! Find it, buy it and do not hesitate!


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