Overall rating
Single Malt
Abbey Whisky (AbWh)
Bottling serie
The Rare Casks - Release 2
Stated Age
23 years old
Refill Bourbon Barrel
Number of bottles
44.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
14 Feb 2013 8:22 am
Cask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 97,27

4 × in wishlist

25 × member ratings

31 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 1989 AbWh

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.23 points

  1. Peter(TTMC) scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  2. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  3. molar3rd scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Gentle sea spray and brine. Malty notes in addition to a bit of sweet citrus as in lemon curd Further exploration will reveal some hints of sweet marshmallow.

    Palate: Boom! Here comes the peat and smoke storm. Very nice and totally unexpected after the rather peat-shy nose. Pepper. Some sweet fruity notes too. Apple and then soot and going on nicely with sea spray.

    Finish: Smoke , a bit of salt and bits of pepper.

    This is a very nice whisky, not extremely complex, but very enjoyable providing the right combination of maritime, soot, peat and smoke notes, without missing on fruit. A colourful melange , and quite easy to drink more and more, due to the gentle ABV%.




  4. peatlover99 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Pierre from WMTV recently reviewed this Bunnahabhain.... Great review... http://youtu.be/G7ivqDDl-gM

  5. KayMeertens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very nice. Not only recommended for Islay fanatics, but also for those who are fond of waxy mainland whiskies like Clynelish, Imperial and Glen Keith. 89/90.
    • Nose
      Honey, orange, citrus, beeswax and vanilla. Subtle peat smoke and leather.
    • Taste
      Beeswax, citrus, orange, honey, roasted almond and subtle peat smoke. With water some zest and the waxiness turns slightly musty, like clay or cheese. Rather without for me.
    • Finish
      Roasted almond, beeswax, milk chocolate, chestnut and a whiff of smoke.

  6. Jimjam scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A balanced, characterful but subtle Bunnahabhain.
    • Nose
      Orange flowers. Delicate smoke. Subtle fruit: gooseberries and strawberries. Honey. Vanilla. Wet slate, mineral notes, waxed jacket, white pepper, a little cardboard. Wood notes round it off. Good balance, a nose with class.
      Water sweetens it a bit - but seems to damp it down too - aargh! But it's ok - with time more aromas come. Peardrops. Earthy/vegetal notes (in a good way). Gingerbread?
    • Taste
      Subtly smokey and well balanced. Mocha. Some dark chocolate.
      Citrus cuts through the richness. Nice. With a little water the fruit comes out more.
    • Finish
      Coffee and chocolate-orange cake. Oak at the end, but not tannic. Quite long.

  7. peatlover99 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    This is a very moreish, easy drinking dram that displays all the wonderful characteristics you would expect from a peated Islay malt whisky.
    • Nose
      A wonderful nose on this peated Bunnahabhain. Smooth liquorice flavour, followed by a combination of white pepper, smokey vanilla & warm soft spices. Marzipan lingers along with more prominent grapefruit zest and citrus flavours. Fresh with a peaty depth reminiscent of the sea air on Islay. 
    • Taste
      Smooth peaty flavours coat your taste buds and the marzipan returns softer with hints of pepper, citrus, floral notes and a soft smokiness. There is a sweetness coming through as you draw air into your mouth, overly ripened apples, sweet scented smoke and salty sea air. 
    • Finish
      Cask strength of 44% is surprising given its age but once explored it reveals a delicate but perfectly balanced depth of flavour. 


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