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Overall rating
81.50/100
votes
2
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Douglas McGibbon (McG)
Bottling serie
McGibbon's Provenance
Vintage
2001
Stated Age
09 years old
Casktype
Sherry Cask
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
200 ml
Added on
23 Sep 2012 9:59 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 12,00

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Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 2001 McG

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.50 points

  1. NobleArc scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    At first the addition of water just took all the issues of the palate and applied them as if they were a lacquer atop the nose, but the lower I get into the bottle the better and better this whisky becomes. The best way to enjoy it (for me, anyway) is with a small addition of water and leaving it alone for 20-30 minutes; after that it’s golden. If I try to drink it neat or without leaving it for a while, it’s just a rancid, acrid mess.
    • Nose
      Fermenting grape must, oloroso sherry, sultanas, walnuts, hint of oak, Demerara sugar, orange peel, cloves, caramel, further citrus zest, heavy cream, honey tinged with heathery peat (reminiscent of Highland Park), with the scent of peat getting stronger the longer it sits in the glass. Eventually opens up into some coffee-esque aromas, followed by graham crackers, compost and rubber.
    • Taste
      Bizarre taste at first—confusing, perplexing, definite oloroso characteristics, oak, ash/soot, tar, rubber, honey/heather hybrid, vanilla extract, slightly burnt pancakes. It’s not exactly pleasant, but adding water makes all the difference. Though it might leave my mouth puckering and my tongue recoiling in tannic/citric anguish when enjoyed neat, a small dose of water smooths out the rough edges and releases a bevy of pleasant smokiness and sherry aspects.
    • Finish
      Short on flavour, but full of tangy sourness—mouth-puckering citrus. Eventually a grassy, vegetal flavour develops, with some traces of grape/oloroso/sherry, oak… it’s quite tannic. Ashiness returns, tar returns, more oak,more oak, faint honey/heather flavour before it finally fades altogether. With water the finish is shortened and the intensity is lessened, but honestly it’s a good thing—the off-putting ash notes disappear, oak and honey lead the charge.

  2. MaltMartin scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    An enjoyable daily dram, but forget the nose.
    • Nose
      Malty, acidic and a whiff of smoky. Rubber. A bit 'dirty', not really inviting.
    • Taste
      Much better than the nose. Smooth and juicy. Maritime. Delicate peat with a light sweet fruitiness.
    • Finish
      Medium long. Smoke and some salt.

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