Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
25 years old
46.3 % Vol.
750 ml
Bottle code
P038786 L5 0813 16239
Added on
04 Dec 2011 4:11 pm

Average value

€ 369.57

15 × in wishlist

53 × member ratings

124 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain XXV

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.45 points

  1. whisky_knight scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    The Bunnahabhain 25 Year was definitely worth a try (as a dram). I was expecting an older, bigger version of the Bunnahabhain 18 Year, and while there were some similarities, the 25 Year was less sherry bomb intense. It was a bit more balanced, with more chocolate and coffee notes and a bit less ginger that you’d notice.

    Normally, that might be enough to just recommend the 25 Year over the 18 Year, but then you have to consider the bottle price: The Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old costs around $650 US(!), with some stores marking it up to $900. Compare that to the Bunnahabhain 18 Year, which is $150 a bottle and the value just isn’t there for the 25 Year. It’s not 400%+ better than the 18 Year. If you have the extra money laying around, it’s a good bottle, but it feels a touch overpriced.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Immediately there’s dark stone fruits, plums, cooked figs, raisins. Not as intense as GlenDronach’s 20+ Year Single Cask bottles, but still quite pleasing. No uncomfortable ABV singe either.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Nice, thick, viscous mouthfeel. There’s some easy ginger spice, the ABV is nicely balanced, with nothing distracting. There’s some raisin and sherry sweetness, caramel, and then that distinctive Bunnahabhain / Islay coastal salinity, which makes it really enticing.

      However, the strongest note on the mid-palate until the finish was chocolate coffee(!). There was some light bitterness, but not as heavy and intense as some other distillers. It wasn’t oaky (great), but it had this distinctive taste that evoked coffee.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Gentle long finish. No woodiness, but it was smooth, more of the coffee finish, some bitterness, dry, not much sweetness here.

  2. valery77 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Soft, whole, sherry, very pleasant. Dried fruits (dried apricots), prunes, vanilla notes, fruit caramel, cream cake, freshly sawn board, leather furniture, sweet pastries. 23
    • Taste
      Moderate, moderately sweet. Black pepper, oriental spices, sweet apple, wood tannins, fruit caramel. 21
    • Finish
      Medium in length, wood tannins dominate, menthol is added at the end. 21
      Perfectly balanced, smooth, tasty, although not very complex whisky. Balance 23
      Total 88

  3. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    multilayered and complex, changes in the glass and gives new impressions.
    Fine sherry and wood notes, slightly fruity with raisins and orange, delicate nut notes, spices. Harmonious and appealing.

    sweet-tart, slightly perfumed, sherry, wood notes, walnuts, slightly dark with a hint of barrel / coffee, spices and oak. Maybe a touch salty, demanding the salivation ...

    soft, tart-sweet-tart, barrel / coffee notes, some sherry, delicate oak notes, at the end slightly sweet with dried fruit.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. markfeit scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    raisins and sherry nose, and really nice with a few drops of water.

  5. oppi scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Sherry and sweet fruitiness Raisins and chocolate Very beautiful

  6. steinrich scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Fight65 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  8. notesofmalt scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Bunnahabhain XXV, 25 years, original bottling, 46.3% alc. Region: Isle of Islay, Scotland
    Nose: First, a beautiful sherry nose with raisins and dark berry fruits, with nutty milk chocolate and mild coffee aromas, even slightly damp tobacco is one of the party. In the background hovers a slightly floral and sweet perfume note, which, however, does not seem obtrusive. The malt is rounded off by a dry and harmonious wood smoke note.
    Palate: raisins, blackberries and dates. Again, the coffee flavors and some milk foam. The nut is stronger, then followed by strong winter spices, which, although the oak can come something, but not really look bitter. The dryness of the nose comes back, a touch of salty.
    Finish: Long and pleasantly warming, molasses and raisins, tobacco and espresso. Towards the end with more oak wood.
    Conclusion: A really good Bunnahabhain, which scores very strong with its beautiful sherry aromas and the round wood influence.
    89/100 points (tasted 2015, about 245 €) Thanks to Daniel Buruck aka Peat Head for the generous sample! Publish on: www.facebook.de/notesofmalt


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