Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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

€ 506.15

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509 × member ratings

958 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain XXV

89 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.76 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. Moses scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Everything is right here except for the price. But if you pass this PLV, you will experience what Bunnahabhain can do. I can also promise you that this quality can only be achieved with even older barrels. If I buy 2 bottles at such prices, then it's about more than just one dram in the glass. This is the master class! Praise to the barrel management.
    • Nose
      Part one for the nose. Let it rest in the glass for 25 minutes. Then there are wonderful interwoven notes of everything that a good sherry barrel can give off. Freshly polished new leather with sweet caramel on berry jam. Lacquer and leather from the department store. Orange peel dusted with baking powder. Wow, everything results in a veil of soft notes of the extra class. Big cinema.
    • Taste
      The palate actually goes one better with this wonderful nose. Wonderfully sweet berries with whipped cream result in a top-class texture. Oily, full and sweet with elegant, delicate spice throughout the mouth even a light smoke note can be heard in the background, which is immediately lost in the orange, sultanas and berry jam. My lords. The transition to the finish is wonderfully malty and nutty. Sweet, sour, salty and umami ... everything the whisky heart is looking for. Thanks to Bunnahabhain. Arrived in whisky heaven.
    • Finish
      It doesn't last long but forever. Quite a bit dry and well seasoned, it always remains interwoven with the sweet mix of taste buds. He lies warm and full in the chest. Wow. Refilling is announced immediately. A big thank you to André for the big sample.

  3. 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.

  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. 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

  6. 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.

  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. whiskydramo scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Such a balanced dram, sherry influence is spot on.
    • Nose
      92 92
      It was creamy chocolate and dirt at first. Leave it for a few minutes, rich coffee with hazelnuts, then dried dates. Vanilla, black pepper and a little bit of oak. Caramel mixed with assorted dried fruits, digest biscuits, orange jam, and some light smokiness with hint of old leather. Now if you breathe heavily, you'll get 100% dark chocolate! High quality sherry cask after all.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Dried fruits, orange jam with citrus zest, so mellow and balanced. Pepper spiciness in 5s and stays mild. Flavour dropped afterwards and left with pepper. Light nuttiness. Unfortunately no longevity on the palate.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Citrus zest, soft and long vanilla. A little bit of syrup, the sweet woody flavour is so pleasant. About a minute later, some light and long lychee with the cinnamon aroma.

  9. 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.

  10. 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!


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