Bunnahabhain 40-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Stated Age
40 years old
Number of bottles
41.7 % Vol.
200 ml 700 ml
Added on
07 Nov 2012 8:09 am

Average value

€ 3700,00

32 × in wishlist

50 × member ratings

50 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 40-year-old

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.02 points

  1. Imp scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Nose: very rich, starts on tropical fruits and white chocolate, heather honey, wax, oranges, then you get sweet and creamy lemon pie, soft spices, fresh mint, camphor, after 15 min precious wood shows up. Can sit with it for hours, even after 20 min the glass was emptied it does sing!

    Taste: sweet, rounded, oranges and bananas, liquid honey itself that coats your tongue and lips.

    Finish: long and fresh, lots of fruits, flowers and soft spices again, hint of wood but not that much, gets warming after a minute (white pepper and ginger), touches of sea salt and liquorice. No peat detected.

    Overall: immensely drinkable and very noble whisky that I can call outstanding, one of the best Bunnas I've ever tried, can't wait to compare it with 1968 Auld Acquaintance (their affair of honour is planned for September).

    Score = 23.5 23 23.5 23, 93/100! 

    Full story here https://madmaxhwisky.blogspot.com/2017/07/post-100-and-bunnahabhain-40-yo-417.html 

  2. RL_whisky scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  3. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A very promising nose initially; then it was somewhat baffling. The taste and the finish with the little bit of alcohol in the body, it was unexpectedly simple, not deep. Ok, I let it settle, but the development did not bring the expected improvement. Yes, the taste softened, but the diminished in brightness. In the end, this is my disappointment of the year. Hard to appraise ... 85! Such a promising nose, in the beginning, and then he puzzled. The taste and aftertaste with light alcohol notes and insufficient volume in the body, everything is unexpectedly simple, not deep. Okay, he gave it a good start, but development did not bring the expected improvement: Yes, it got a little softer in taste, but the nose did not play with new notes, and a little even faded in the brightness of its colors. On the whole, I have a disappointment of the year. It's hard to appreciate ...... 85!

  4. holborndrinker did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    "When reviewing ledgers dating back decades, master distiller Ian MacMillan uncovered a missing series of Turney casks considered by some to be the finest oak casks ever made. Much to his surprise, the casks were filled with maturing malt whisky. The discovery lead to a one-off rare single malt that was a big hit at The Whisky Show 2012. This run is limited to only 750 bottles globally, with each individually numbered and delivered in an oak gift box. Renowned illustrator Iain McIntosh was commissioned for the specially designed labeling, which carries secrets itself. The heavy wood tube features a hidden compartment in the bottom.

    This limited release of the 40 Year Old comes in a magnificent "writing case" which contains an ornate feather quill, ink pot, spare nibs and two glasses."

    See https://www.scotchwhiskyauctions.com/auctions/108_the-70th-auction/132319_bunnahabhain-40-year-old-in-writing-case/

  5. Thermidor scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I had a glass of this at a Bunnahabhain tasting. While undeniably the best dram on the table (also served were the XVIII, the XXV, the XII and Toiteach, listed in my order of preference), I remember feeling that the price of the bottle was far north of what I'd be willing to pay for a dram like it. 

  6. Ralph Hiltrup did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    "A long awaited 40 year old whisky from Bunnahabhain, a bit hit at The

    Whisky Show 2012. It`s limited to just 750 hand numbered bottles and

    features an intricately designed label showing off the history of the

    distillery that`s signed by the illustrator. The tube is made from heavy

    wood and features a hidden compartment in the bottom..."

    TWE  (http://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/P-18677.aspx)

    Producer`s Notes

    Copper gold
    Fragrant notes of sweet oak, hazelnuts, citrus peel and chocolate with hints of light smokiness.
    PALATE :
    A rich and complex balance of heather honey, ginger chocolate and sweet fruits.

    Teasingly long with lightly spicy nutty notes and a hint of sea salt.


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