Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
25 years old
Bourbon & Sherry Casks
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
5306 xx:xx L6 P005798
Added on
15 aug 2007 11:33 pm

Average value

€ 1399.87

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149 × member ratings

258 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain XXV

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.65 points

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The nose is a little distant, not particularly expressive at first, quite maritime in smell with a faint hint of peat (I think Bunna is usually 2-3ppm so not sure if I could detect that to be honest, but it is similar, please correct me if I am wrong on that score?)
    You can also smell wood, toasted brioche and dark caramel, only faint hints of various stewed fruits on the nose.
    Yes there is some peat and bags of spice, but its woody and chewy, too woody for 25 year in my view and there it is the bitterness is coming out, it is not a show stopper but it certainly takes the edge off things.
    Salt is coming through now and the ginger spice note is increasing but what I think is peat is really taking off now and adding some bite to proceedings, I also get some sponge & custard notes, getting creamy for sure.
    Any fruit is in the background, stewed prunes, figs & dark plum springs to mind here.
    Finish is nicely toffee with some sticky toffee pudding notes (nice).
    The finish is a but sudden it drops off quickly, no lasting effect so it is the mid palate that is by far the best of what is on show here.
    Sadly this is underpowered, rather tame in fact so nice in parts but needs a turbos boost so to speak that an increase in %abv alone would not be enough, it basically needs more depth or profile and taste, it is the spice and peat that save this one.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  2. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    22 22 23 22 89

    2008 excise stamp but no bottle code was found.
    charming nose, herring, and then old sherry, a lot of old sherry, chic whisky to drink!

  3. pere scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    I shared a bottle of this with the guests at my wedding. A decent and rather sophisticated Bunnahabhain.
    • Nose
      Toffee, nuts, red berries, fruits, beeswax, salt, a bit of grass, a hint of peat, citrus, maritime freshness.
    • Taste
      Malty, salt, a bit of sweetness, a hint of peat and coal tar, dark sugar.
    • Finish
      Malt, a bit of wood, peat, salt, fruity, quite fresh.

  4. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I found the nose really enjoyable with toffee candied fruits honey caramel but the palate and the finish are disappointing

  5. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Bunnahabhain XXV
    The colour is dark amber. The nose is sweet with notes of berries, dried fruits, oak, spices, furniture varnish, sweet fruits, vegetables, chocolate and stain. The palate is sweet with stain, spices, dried fruits, light sourness, raisin and chocolate notes. The finish is long and sweet with dried fruits, spices, raisin, oak and chocolate notes. The Bunnahabhain 25 is a very good balanced, tasty whisky. I like it very much! I gave 90 points.

  6. Thermidor scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I recently tried this one and Bunna XVIII again after a few years, and was surprised. I'd always held the 18yo as the better one, but this time it felt more prominently boozy than before, while the XXV really won me over with its excellent body and refined aftertaste. A bit too pricy for me to purchase a whole bottle, but a very good whisky nonetheless.

  7. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Not ultra-complex, but what a pleasure! Enthusiasm 4/5 Whisky n ° 1359
    • Nose
      Deep wooded, more and more fruity and chocolatey. Juicy fasts. Warm, on the nutty. A touch of tangerine. Fade and very nice.
    • Taste
      Moderate spices, honey. Juicy in the mouth. He is greedy and well corpulent. Each sip is easier than the previous one.
    • Finish
      Woody, dries slightly, while keeping its sweetness.

  8. Claudio + Cats scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    As usual, the Bunnahabhain are pretty fine. But at this 25er I was rather disappointed. The XVIII I liked better. But what others are out there, 20 different scents, is amazing. They have to be great experts. That no one has written lizard tail in vanilla pudding, is a miracle.
    on Neudeutsch: The pudding schmekke wi nutti tutti frutti or something. Is a blatant man. The 18s blatantly better.

  9. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

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

  10. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

    A bit humble for this big 25yo - probably the balance and smoothness are the biggest points.
    • Nose
      Ripe bananas, pineapples, spicy, dry oak wood, white pepper
    • Taste
      Very oily, smooth and liquorice, good sweetness balanced with oak wood, little salty, nutty, toffee, citrus fruits, apricots
    • Finish
      Medium long, some fruitiness is coming up

  11. checkpointuk scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    http://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=178 Color: light gold
    Nose: Overall, quite thin with little "biting" spiciness. Chocolate, leather, delicate tobacco notes, vanilla, caramel waffles and a hint of peat with a dull barrel tone. Absolutely straightforward and kept clean.
    Taste: Thin and soft starting with wood, caramel, oranges, slightly salty spice and fresh herbs. Becoming and becoming up to the finish emerging, slightly creamy Schokonoten.
    Finish: Medium length - fresh and delicately spicy with fruity hints of apples, oranges, vanilla, nut oil and herbal essences.
    86 points (nose: 88 / taste: 86 / finish: 85)

  12. lrb85 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  13. Mr.Sandwich scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Chocolates made of dark chocolate filled with Islay Malt. A dry sherry sweet, a little bit of citrus, some roasted coffee and a saltiness.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Starts creamy, salty and continues with iodine, sherry, beautiful wood notes and coastal flavors. The whole thing very mild, balanced and complex.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long and dry with sherry wood aromas and a slight bitterness.

  14. granella2003 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Nose: rasp vanilla ice cream, breakfast cereal with raisins, coconut nut. Grassy after a while. Palate: Mouth Full Frame and malty with a seasoning mix. Finish: wood, dry, with a complex of high-quality dark chocolate bitterness.

     Arthur Motley, Whisky Magazine

  15. granella2003 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    fm http://www.drankgigant.nl/sterke-drank/whisky/bunnahabhain-25-year.html
    • Nose
      Aromas of sweet sherry and caramel with notes of figs, Tofee, oranges, chocolate, oak, cream, red fruit and a hint of berries
    • Taste
      A full, sweet flavor with clear influence of sherry and tones of roasted nuts, marzipan sweet, burnt sugar, cherry pie and malt
    • Finish
      Long and soft aftertaste of spices and chocolate with a sweet edge pepper.

  16. drkrylov scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      85 85

  17. drkrylov scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      A light nose with vanilla, custard tart, barbequed bananas, a little mint and leather polish.
    • Taste
      Layers of flavour with mint toffee, soft fruits and plenty of spices, ginger.
    • Finish
      Sweet and a little dry.

  18. Feusi scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Caramel quiet and not particularly spectacular in the nose. Spicy sweet on the palate with a medium finish. The sweet woody notes are very pleasant to drink, but in my opinion too expensive for the quality.

  19. QuarterCentury scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A more sherried style, with the soft, creamy complexity and gentle, sophisticated palate and mouthfeel that Bunna's aficionados treasure. Handsomely presented, this is a delicious, contemplative dram. Picked up the top prize in its category at the World Whisky Awards 2010.


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