Bunnahabhain 1968

Overall rating
92.97/100
votes
204
Whiskybase ID
WB3105
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Auld Acquaintance
Vintage
31.12.1968
Bottled
2002
Stated Age
34 years old
Casktype
Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
2002
Strength
43.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010314031600
Added on
18 aug 2008 4:28 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 3285.80

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Whisky reviews for Bunnahabhain 1968

31 users have left 36 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 92.97 points.

  1. ep11ripee scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    23.5/24/23.5/24
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      94 94

  2. Schollus scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Nose: rose petals, balsamic vinegar, tropical fruits, espresso notes, Haribo cola bottles, dusty, leather
    Palate: full-bodied, meaty, tart, a sherry board
    Finish: nutty, light smoke, iron

  3. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    23 24 23 23 93

    Berry delight! Jam, dried berries, tannins, beauty!

  4. HwiskyNut scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    5434'96: strawberry red berry jam fantastic aroma: https://youtu.be/KZswtxZyM4Y

  5. olegborgol scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    24-23-24-23 red berries, powerful sherry
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      94 94

  6. Jungelbiffen scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    The best so far

  7. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    A nose with real goosebump guarantee. First I feel a hint of sweetish pipe tobacco on the nose, then deep red fruit and sweet, chocolatey mocha cake. The maritime Bunnahabhain impact is really fascinating, which one can hardly believe considering the powerful sherry load and almost three and a half decades in the barrels. Modern malts just can't do that in this form, or at least I haven't come across one yet. On the palate then a very complex structure of old, elegant sherry notes, underlaid with dark chocolate and high-quality plum puree. The comparatively low alcohol content of only 43.8% ABV is often held against the Bunna. Absolutely incomprehensible to me. But I even like GM's 1966 Caol Ila Centenary Reserve and it only has 40% ABV. While the mouth doesn't really want to do without the creamy-warm feeling and the grandiose taste, at some point even the most disciplined connoisseur will experience a wonderfully long, round, solid-looking aftertaste with lots of red fruit but also great, oaky-calcareous influences that simply a perfect match for this optimally aged 'Elder Statesman' of a single malt.

    dream fabric!

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  8. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
      aromatic with dried fruits, very beautiful and pure, has depth. Slightly sweet, spicy honey, spices/baking spices, wood/oak, hint of herbs, distant hint of smoke. Great nose!
    • Taste
      92 92
      the previously gained impressions are reflected in the taste. There is also a very fine barrel note. A great whisky, very tasty.
    • Finish
      91 91
      There are also aromas of dried fruit, wood/oak, spices/baking spices, some chocolate on the finish, slightly sweet and malty, lingering for a long time.

  9. Killswitch scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  10. Liones77 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Fantastic Bunna,

  11. prz22 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Very deep, oily, high class sherried Bunna.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Quite dark and intense, full of chocolates, coffees and herbs, great!
    • Taste
      94 94
      Very intense, dark chocolate evolving into teas and spices, fantastic!!
    • Finish
      92 92
      Medium long, quite leathery and woody, but still very good and complex!

  12. Holle525 scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    This is a Superstar whisky. Nothing more to add.

  13. jay83 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Most sensational combination of venerable, fruity noble sherry and an unbelievably subtle maritime background! There's nothing to add here! Impressive in every moment!

  14. sagara-kun scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Sublime Bunnahabhain. A bomb of fruit, of balance. No defect.
    Recalls certain sublime cognacs.

    Second pass on 10/16/2021:
    Always a nose with a lot of rancio. It seems a bit less complex after a year of ventilation. 93
    • Nose
      93 93
      NS ! What a nose!
      Fruit wrapped in wax. It explodes with intensity and precision.
      Apricot, peach, orange peel. Plum.
      Wood, fir resin. Mountain honey.
      Very light, slightly dirty leather.
    • Taste
      94 94
      In the mouth it is slightly watery.
      The fruit is always superb. Plum, grape, apricot, peach, quince, orange.
      Always a lot of wax and honey.
      Marmalade, jelly, fresh. Fruit in all its forms.
    • Finish
      94 94
      Sublime finish on wax, camphorated fruit, fir honey. It's wonderfull.

  15. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Old Bunna H2H, Auld Acquaintance V the rest 1960-1968

    1 – Bunna 1964 25 year cask 4852/3/4/5 46% Signatory Dumpy – WB ID 7581
    2 – Bunna 1964 25 year cask 423/4/5 46% Moon Import, The Animals –WB ID 8683
    3 – Bunna 1966 35 year cask 4379 46.1% OB Feis Ile 2002 – WB ID 21051
    4 – Bunna 1967 33 year cask 3315 41.1% Malts Of Scotland, bourbon hoggy – WB ID 16817
    5 – Bunna 1968 41 year cask 12401/2/3 41.2% Adelphi, refill sherry - WB ID 15142
    6 – Bunna 1968 50 year Cask Mos 18032 42.1% Malts Of Scotland, sherry butt – Warehouse Diamonds – WB ID 121396
    7 – Bunna 1968 34 year cask 43.8% Auld Acquaintance OB,sherry - WB ID 3105
    8 – Bunna 1960 39 year cask 43.4% Douglas Laing OMC, (peated) – WB ID 5597

    Bunna stopped peating in 1962 or 1963, so the OMC is a rare beast, and will be tasted last. , but will the Auld Acquaintance or the 50 year Mos tame it?

    RESULT
    1 - 60 Douglas Laing OMC
    2 - 68 Auld Acquaintance
    3 – 68 50 year Cask Mos 18032
    4 - 66 Feis Ile 2002 OB
    5 - 68 Adelphi almost as good as the 66
    6 - 67 Mos 33 year cask 3315
    7 – 64 Signatory
    8 – 64 Moon Import
    I really cannot split the 1960 Douglas Laing (peated) and the 1968 Old Acquaintance but on an emotional level I will give it to the DL, but both these whiskies must be the best Bunna ever bottled.

    The 50 year Malts of Scotland is quality and the 1966 OB Feis Ile is very rich and a quality dram and not far behind is the 1968 Adelphi which surprised me in a good way. The 67 Mos is nice and all of these 6 are way in front of the two 1964 offerings which were not really at the races because they are lighter with less going on basically.
    In truth the first 6 are all excellent, this was a great H2H.

  16. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Maybe the score is down but this is a H2H and what is in no doubt, this is one of the best Bunna ever bottled.
    This gets extra marks for is subtlety & finesse, Superb.
    I last tasted this about 5 years ago, even better than I remembered.
    • Nose
      95 95
      A nose with finesse, caramel, fruit loaf, dark fruits, date, hints of smoke, bubble gum and some sweet floral notes, lovely, this is almost perfumes but so good
    • Taste
      95 95
      Great balance with bags of spice, this has restrained power, superb balance that is where this thing gets the marks. Lovely fruity sherry, absolutely nothing out of place, superb
    • Finish
      94 94
      Glorious, getting a little sweeter, just

  17. Teresa scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  18. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Very close in profile to the 1966 35yo maybe a touch more subtle but both are beautiful sherry bombs

  19. ASWhisky scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Ranking
    1.Nase, 2. Abgang, 3. Mund

    yes, I'm in Heaven
    • Nose
      samtiger Sherryanklang
      Kräuter im warmen Rosinensud
      der Flieder duftet darüber
      Fleischbrühe im Teller
      weiche Lakritze und Malzbonbons in Deiner warmen Hand
      im leeres Bierglas ist ein trockener Rest Guiness
      Du zerdrückst süße saftige Orangenstücke
      eine Prise Salz an die Fleischbrühe
      würzig süß riecht das Glas
      Dein Mund ist feucht
    • Taste
      ganz weicher Antritt
      Lakritz
      Karamell
      etwas Veilchenöl
      braune Noten
      malzig
      florale Noten
      Holz
      dumpfes dunkles Gefühl
    • Finish
      lang
      viel Malz, Torf
      Kräuter
      Lakritze
      etwas blumig
      trocken
      Holz
      leicht bittere Noten
      Hefe
      süßer werdend

  20. kimmosuo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The Whisky Show Old & Rare Glasgow 23 - 24 February 2019
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  21. kot1803 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      94 94

  22. AgentMunky scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
      9.5//9
    • Taste
      80 80
      8//8
    • Finish
      95 95
      9//9.5

  23. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    One of those legends I've been wanting to try, and when an opportunity arose for me to obtain a sample, I was all in! It has low ABV and I'm usually an ABV whore, but boy, this has a nose like you wouldn't believe. Immediately pleasurable!... So complex, I can't help but to salivate right away! A soft, beautiful, complex whisky, done superbly well. Definitely sherried, has some winey elements, but you don't really smell the sherry per se, which is a plus in my book sometimes. I can seriously drown myself in this, but alas, I only have a 30ml sample of this. I am lucky to have tasted this. If this was closer to 50% ABV, it would be top 3 ever for me.

    Addendum :) -- I can't help it... I got myself a bottle of this!

  24. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2005]  I had this dram during a MaRa rarities tasting at Limburg.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 92,5. My notes state a sweet sherry profile which is well balanced.  It is delicious and very quaffable.

  25. thijs100 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    A dreamboat of a whisky, displaying an incredible complexity on the nose especially, but also the palate. Incredibly glad to have tasted this legend.
    • Nose
      Some very soft smoke and menthol notes, as well as some pine needles. Really delicate. The sherry is subtle yet omnipresent. Coffee powder, cocoa and milk chocolate with raisins and dates, as well as cherry marmalade. A hint of cigar tobacco and licorice and a just a whiff of glue. Superbly complex and enjoyable.
    • Taste
      Again subtle and delicate, but also rich in flavour. Big on the sherry, but never overpowering. Slightly oily. Lots of milk chocolate, accompanied by polished leather and some soft spices, such as cinnamon and cloves. Menthol too. Also prunes and raisins, as well as marzipan and salted caramel. Slightly drying.
    • Finish
      Aniseed, chocolate and raisins. Long...

  26. Allandale scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A creamy body.
    • Nose
      A rich,moist Dundee cake. Toasted nuts. Salty sea-breezes.
    • Taste
      Malted milk. Chocolate. Nonetheless  avoids being cloying. Deftly balanced.
    • Finish
      Dark cocoa powder.

  27. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  28. dram-drinker scored this whisky 96 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      98 98
    • Taste
      97 97
    • Finish
      95 95

  29. dram-drinker scored this whisky 96 points Photo Moderator

    Very well balanced, highly enjoyable. Brilliant!
    • Nose
      Very fresh and rich, sweet, fruity, woody, toffee, citrusy, little tobacco, little sea breeze
    • Taste
      Oily, thick, mellow, but still pretty punchy, very well balanced between sherry wood and subtle sweetness, dark chocolate, toffee, honey, citrus fruits, little leathery and salty
    • Finish
      Medium long and smooth, still a bit toffee and coffee

  30. dram-drinker scored this whisky 96 points Photo Moderator

    Toffee, tobacco, fruits, honey, a very bit of lemony, leathery, wood - I can't enumerate all the rest. It's extremely well balanced and enjoyable to drink. In short just a fantastic whisky - 96 points!

  31. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    I could nose this all day.
    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      92 92

  32. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    This is exactly what I mean about some sherried whiskies where too much sherry can hide the profile of the whisky.
    This one has just the right sherry influence and is spot on. The sherry adds to the profile,not overpowering it in any way.

    I think the nose on this is brilliant. I am not a lover of sherried whisky but the nose is really excellent. The palate is not far behind but not quite as good.
    You would be hard pressed to find a better sherried whisky.
    Definately in my top five.
    A refined, elegeant old Bunnahabhain.
    • Nose
       Notes from February 2015.
      Leather, tobacco,sherry, black fruits, jammy,dark treacle toffee, raisins, prunes.

      After a few minutes I also get honeycomb, maple syrup, cold tea, pecan pie

      It is very refined, wow what a nose, just excellent.
    • Taste
      The flavours from the nose do not all come across to your palate but, I still get black fruit jams, old leather arm chairs, very discreet peat mixed in with the sherry.
      At the end I get smoked ham & shortbread. This on the palate has a diverse array of flavours, it just fades a little.
    • Finish
      Not the longest and probably my only gripe in that there is a slight bitterness at the finish that detracts slightly for me.

  33. Prof.Schoof did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 1.210 € at Whiskyauction in March 2015

  34. Furtia scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  35. The Macallan scored this whisky 48 points Connoisseur

    A great Bunnahabhain of outstanding grandeur, it's got everything you wish for. Note the peat smokiness in the beginning when pouring this whisky in a suitable glass. Tasted at Christmas 2002!
    • Nose
      Soft smoke emerges, sweet, rich, aromatic, very complex varying from caramelised sugar to cacao to a soft spicyness, old sherry and loads of fruit - dried fruit, oranges etc etc. (reduced: more soft aroma's like citrus, dried fruit, oak etc etc.)
    • Taste
      Full of flavor, very intens, nice and mellow, typical bunnahabhain spicyness, sweet like butterscotch, a wonderful scala of flavors and even some peatsmoke is detectable after all these years (reduced: more gentle and friendlyer, with toffee and vanilla notes but the sherry flavors rules.
    • Finish
      A fiery start then oranges with chocolate and marzipan, gentle and soothing with a nice after glow.

  36. QuarterCentury did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    A 1968 distilled Bunnahabhain that has aged very gracefully. Fruity and complex.

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