Overall rating
Single Malt
Adelphi (AD)
Bottling serie
Stated Age
14 years old
Refill Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
57.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
11 Apr 2012 2:28 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 102.88

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11 × member ratings

19 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 1997 AD

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.33 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Independent bottler Adelphi was able to get their hands on a refill sherry cask in which the spirit of Bunnahabhain matured for 14 years, from 1997 until 2012. It yielded 525 bottles at cask strength. Surprisingly pale for a sherry cask, but then again, it is refill.

    Oh, this is wonderfully dirty and peaty. A malty heart with creamy butter, hay, dusty books in the attic, wood shavings and some mint. Freshly baked bread. A touch woody, but at the same time quite pleasant. But no trace of any sherry influence bar maybe a sweet note of pear syrup.

    On the palate it starts off dirty as well, a bit grainy with a good dose of peat that creates a big smoke. You can feel the cask strength now. The hint of mint turns into a good dollop of menthol and it works like a charm. Green notes of ferns and earth, again quite a bit of oak without turning oaky, but blind I would never have figures this for a sherry cask. Refill, I know.

    The finish is long, warm and feisty on white pepper. The smoke becomes bigger still and for a second the peat actually bites.

    A great winter dram.

  2. Rien scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  3. alectron scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Not very active sherry here, rather quite a few active american oak (at a guess) components...
    • Nose
      First of: peaty, sweet, syrupy & creamy. Cold smoke, hay, dried peat, pear-liquor,old books, wet/germinated grains, also some toasted cereals & mint-liquor (Creme de Menthe) (86)
      A bit later: less creamy, savoury old books & grain/cereal notes push to the fore, also quite some pepper & woody spices now, (85)
    • Taste
      malty, slighly smokey, grain-y/starch-y, earthy/green peat, some wood, wood & spices, pear-liquor, barley malt syrup, more menthol than mint here, (84)
    • Finish
      spices turn towards pepper in the finish, smoke increases, nice sparkle to it & with the slight creamyness a nice contrast, also cereals have a comeback occasionally. (86)


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