Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
25 years old
46.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
P025610 L6 09:28 11168
Added on
17 Jun 2011 11:11 am

Average value

€ 380.41

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Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain XXV

74 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.81 points

  1. Vince' scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Hui, there's a lot in it. Cooked red berries, especially raspberry and strawberry stand out. A pleasant hint of vanilla as well as dark chocolate, walnut and a kind of fruit aroma resonate as well. Generally a nice, pleasantly vinous sour fruit aroma with elegant tart oak but always with an elegant sweet-spicy component, reminiscent of a scraped-out vanilla pod. All flavors stay in balance without tilting in an extreme direction. In the background, after some time, an earthy, spicy, tobacco / leather component, which accompany the already rich aroma. The nose tells me a lot! With more oxygen, the spicy, tart aromas come to the fore a little more, without, however, leading to an imbalance. After another 20 minutes, the drop goes in an increasingly nutty direction. Roasted hazelnuts and the tangy nutty aroma of walnuts are to be felt. Fits but still excellent in the overall flavor. Taste: Soft, subtly sweet, which reminds of sweet mint with toffee; wonderfully spicy and pleasantly tingling, the aroma develops in the mouth. I can not identify sweet fruits directly, but a pleasant acidity accompanies the otherwise very dominant spicy aroma of the drop. Over time, the spicy tobacco / leather association is getting stronger, but without bringing a very strong bitterness. An elegant bittersweet chocolate and vanilla accompany the aroma as well. In the aftermath, but then again the oak speaks, but not with the bitter, musty gavel, but very elegant spicy and bittersweet, which makes me associate, among other things, latte with vanilla flavor. The finish is long and covers the tongue, but hardly with residual fruit, but rather with subtle spice of herbs and dark oak notes of the oak. Conclusion: The nose is very complex and successful. Especially the taste is really my case. The price is very decadent and not a drop for the 0815-moment in the evening. This full charge of spice being dumped on the tongue is hammer-like! Nevertheless, the malt is in no way unbalanced and very complex.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  2. Dramned! scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Complete tasting with photos and info: https://dramned.blog/2017/08/31/bunnahabhain-xxv-25yo-463/
    • Nose
      Out of the bottle, dark dark sherry-notes are streaming out to me, with soft prunes and spices. In the glass but then lighter fruits such as mirabelle, fermented grapes and yellow-green apples and pears. A fresh sea breeze with salty spray and wet wood - I have an old small fishing boat with weathered planks and barnacles on the fuselage, fighting through the deep-dark sea. The spicy prunes, candied fruit from the fairgrounds, crumbly caramel and a fatty vanilla are coming ever deeper. Creaky old leather straps and old wet oak wood are gradually becoming more and more obvious. One of those beautiful whiskys, where you could smell forever.
    • Taste
      Here, too, the dark fruits hit the spot, without being overly sherry, very beautiful! Warming and oily, it runs over the tongue, pithy caramel, creamy vanilla and pickled raisins make the beginning. Followed by Amarena cherries from the jar, juicy plums and demerara sugar candied. I also have some dark spicy tobacco. The complexity of the nose, however, he can not quite keep, the aromas are not so finely structured. If the nose was a finely woven silk carpet with clear patterns and contours, the palate is more like a coarser woolen carpet. Deep and round and beautiful, but just a bit more difficult to fathom. The oak is also strong and concise, but not dominant despite the age, but completes the complex overall picture very nice.
    • Finish
      In the finish especially old oak, spicy honey and candied dark fruits. Long and fat it pulls out.

  3. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Smell : At a later Tasting from the Bordeaux red wine glass the sherry is more present, then follow, well staggered, rather earthy herbal notes and mint. The sweetness is basically more intense. Taste : Comes again very tingling on the palate and in the entire mouth. The herbal and salt notes follow, before finally notes of dark fruits are to be felt. Finish : The finish is also from the red wine glass of herbal spice and Salzgischtnoten coined. The oak comes later stronger than from the Whiskynosingglas to the validity, as well as announce the sherry tones more clearly. Conclusion : The basic characteristic also benefits in this Bunnahabhain from the large red wine glass: The flavors are finer and better staggered to advantage.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. Edward MacKenzie scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    The god bottle!
    I love the distinct taste of Bunnahabhain.
    The 12er, for me the best standard!
    The 18er, just blew me away!
    And now the ultimate increase, the 25er!

    Typical Bunna, little oak despite 25 years maturation.
    complex, ripe, full-bodied.
    Has everything a Bunnahabhain needs to have just
    one more shovel!


  5. thijs100 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Just a wonderful, well-aged Bunnahabhain. It tastes as if quite a bit of older casks went into this. A whisky to savour and take your time with.
    • Nose
      Very delicate. It takes some time to open up. Polished leather, varnish and some sweet bell pepper powder at first. But those aromas quickly make way for orange marmelade, blueberries, apricots and plums. Finally some salty soy sauce. Subtle, gently sherry influence. Superbly balanced.
    • Taste
      Sweet and oily, with a fair amount of old wood influence. Really elegant. It makes me want to stop writing notes, and just simply enjoy it. But alas, you can't always do what you want ;) Honey and raisins, and again orange marmelade. Finally a whiff of menthol and very subtle smoke, followed by a spicy edge.
    • Finish
      Quite spicy and drying, before returning to honey and raisins.

  6. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    The Bunnahabhain XXV has to be discovered slowly. Again, the first sips from a freshly opened bottle prove to be half the potential of a whisky. I'm really looking forward to the second half. For now, that gives me 89 points.
    • Nose
      The first nose is characterized by herbs, salt and sherry, underlaid with delicate mint. I spontaneously notice the "maritime character" and I remember the Old Pulteney 21y.
    • Taste
      On the tongue he comes for the first time surprisingly tingling and yet fine oily. Then the herb notes that I already know from the 12 Bunna are added to the mouth, adding earthy aromas before the sherry follows. The dark fruits I have only the third sip on the palate.
    • Finish
      The departure after the first sip and rolling in the mouth was not overwhelming. It leaves the earthy Kräternoten with a little dark sherry; I do not feel the barrel oak at the first sips. The third button is a bit "old library", but still very discreet in the background.

  7. dRambo scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Nose: ripe sweet cherries meet toffee with a pinch of salt, behind it are oranges and apricots, a hint of camp fire smoke in the morning afterwards - so well integrated - that I sometimes doubt if it comes from sherry, freshly sawn wood, old fragrant leather , Tobacco, a fruity acidity rises - rather several - fresh fruity - heavy old - of fruits and oak, vanilla-cinnamon-sweetness - so intense in the nose as if powdered sugar would float, tart-woody-slightly bitter-smelling sherry wood seasoning, Seasoning - sweetness and acidity are so well balanced - they alternate in the nose, voluminous, old, ripe, round, very aromatic, clear but at the same time dirty - beautiful

    Taste: Cherry, apricot and strawberry jam, plum puree - creamy toffee, aromatic, intense, fine, slightly sparkling oak flavors dance on the tongue - are becoming increasingly intense, some fresh resin, a hint of cloves, some cinnamon, a light mint note is on the tongue, astringent dryness with initially delicate notes of chocolate which are becoming more and more intense.

    Conclusion: What a flavor concentrate - 2cl would be too much for me as a portion, a nose to dream, actually you do not even want to taste - smell and enjoy, while the taste can keep up with the nose well - top whisky
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  8. Pollenflug scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    More on: https://tomtrinkt.blog/
    • Nose
      What a blast of aromas: sherry, cherries, oranges, dates, raisins, some cinnamon, honey, very light smoke and maritime notes. Definitely a whisky that will create new flavor associations with every tasting. The complexity is simply stunning!
    • Taste
      Strong start, thanks to the 46.3%. Pleasant Sherrynoten, a fine caramel sweetness paired with a decent portion of seasoning. Dark chocolate, some salt, a slight hint of smoke and especially the oak starts to dominate. 25 years of storage speak for themselves. Overall, the alcohol is perfectly integrated.
    • Finish
      Incredibly long and complex. Woody notes, a hint of campfire smoke, sweetness and a spiciness that gradually leaves a touch of bitterness. Chapeau!

  9. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This is a very delicate scotch. At 46.3% abv I expected a little more oomph. The nose is nice with some depth, but, the palate is mildly rich up front but then dissipates very quickly on the mid-palate to almost nothing other than bitterness on the finish. It does have a good mouth feel.

    The best way to compere this is to the Highland Park 18yo (the old style bottle before all the fancy glass work), the HP is a better dram from beginning to end and at less that half price ($180cnd) its a bargain compared to this at $400+cnd. This Bunnahabhain XXV is a $150cnd dram and not worth a dollar more. Mind you you get a real fancy box with this. If you're into that sort of thing then it would make a great gift to someone that's not expecting too much from what's in the bottle. This is selling for as much $700us in some areas of the US. I'm sure the box that this come in speaks to those that like pretty things and helps justify the price on a good but somewhat humdrum dram.

    Keep in mind this is a yearly release so there are many different batch variations of this release, so maybe some batches are better than others (mine).
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. MattDoobie scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    Bunnahabhain 25

    The crown jewel of Bunnahabhain’s core line-up, it has a light mahogany colour and nice slow legs. I’m reviewing it after it’s spent 45 minutes in the Glencairn glass.

    Deep sherry notes starts the show, rich honey and red delicious apples. Green grapes, pears and salted caramel. A little bitter burnt toffee, old leather shoes. Going in a bit deeper I smell the oak, some gummy bears and the beach’s sea air. There are spices here as well, some ginger and molasse as well as chocolate. This is heaven, I feel like I could go on and find more. 24/25

    Three things on the first sip, there’s a very nice mixture of vanilla and oak, there’s spice and creamy milk chocolate, all that on arrival. It’s very mouth coating and the development is absolutely mind boggling in the variety of fruits it throws at you all at once, there are tons here all clearly defined. On the second go I get a lot of fresh peaches and pineapple, some bananas and then it turns to rich juicy plums and dried raisins. Tobacco, a hint of salt in there as well as cinnamon. 24/25

    The finish is long and nutty with cacao powder and a little oak tannin. It’s actually hard to evaluate because I keep reaching for the glass to drink more. You do get residual sweetness to chew on as well. 22/25

    Value and presentation
    Now this is hard, I think by principle I have to deduct a point due to price, even though when compared to other 25 year olds, it’s a steal at 400$ CAD, Americans pay more than double that but it’s still 400$ for one 700ml bottle of liquid. Unfortunately, I can’t compare it to too many other 25 year old impressions because I’m not rich. I have the excellent Balblair 90 that would do well against it but fall a little short and the Glenfarclas 25 that wouldn’t even stand up to Bunna 12. Honestly though, it’s close enough with the Balblair that I’d buy two more bottles of that before another Bunna 25. So let’s call it top marks -1 pt. Presentation is stellar, regal wooden box, sexy AF. Un-chillfiltered, no added colour and 46.3% abv. The one thing, presentation wise that I’d like on the 12-18-25 is the cask type, I’m guessing a majority of American oak ex sherry wood but who knows! 24/25

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