- 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
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Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 1989 AbWh
7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.23 points
- 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%.
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- 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.
Honey, orange, citrus, beeswax and vanilla. Subtle peat smoke and leather.
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.
Roasted almond, beeswax, milk chocolate, chestnut and a whiff of smoke.
- A balanced, characterful but subtle Bunnahabhain.
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?
Subtly smokey and well balanced. Mocha. Some dark chocolate.
Citrus cuts through the richness. Nice. With a little water the fruit comes out more.
Coffee and chocolate-orange cake. Oak at the end, but not tannic. Quite long.
- This is a very moreish, easy drinking dram that displays all the wonderful characteristics you would expect from a peated Islay malt whisky.
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.
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.
Cask strength of 44% is surprising given its age but once explored it reveals a delicate but perfectly balanced depth of flavour.