Overall rating
Single Malt
The Whisky Barrel (TWB)
Bottling serie
Burns Malt
Stated Age
23 years old
48.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Robert Burns
Added on
12 Mar 2013 7:35 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 57,65

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Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 1989 TWB

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.33 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur


    Would you look at the price in 2012: £45!

    N: I wasn’t expecting such an ‘Islay’ signature but it’s pleasingly farmy. Blind tasting-wise, only a lack of salty lemon removes it from almost-certain Port Ellen territory. Melon & grapefruit provide the fruits. We must surely be talking refill bourbon? Wood paint, a little creasote, plasticine, bakelite,....

    T: Those peated maltings speak freely as does the saltiness & brininess with grape-skin and a little fizz, but it’s the waxiness that remains solid. Though there’s not a great deal of movement, it’s undoubtedly a tasty number. Initially dry, savoury-sweet liquorice on the turn, but some drams later it develops on chocolate liquorice to die for.

    F: Woody & waxy smoke with more grape-skin dryness - but it has given plenty. 

    C: The story so far: A well-aged [Bowmore/Lagavulin-esque], peated malt from a decent refill bourbon cask makes for a joyous outcome. Add a drop or two of Aberlour A’bunadh [sacrilege I know], for even more remarkable results!

    Scores a B

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Serge from Whiskyfun says:
    Bunnahabhain 23 yo 1989/2013 'Burns Malt' (48.2%, The Whisky Barrel, cask #5739) The Whisky Barrel already had some very fine 1990s. Colour: white wine. Nose: very interesting, it's a very naked middle-aged Bunnahabhain and there aren't many around these days. I really enjoy this distillate that offers a wide range of very clean and pure aromas, such as apple peelings, a little white rum, linseed oil, light honey, leaves, menthol, a little green tea, a little sunflower oil... It's a tad waxier and less rounded than what we'd expect from Bunnahabhain. Mouth: good punch, it's rather fruitier and more estery on the palate. Apple juice, various apples, wee touches of pineapples, a very mild honeyness and, maybe, pear drops. Gets greener and grassier toward the finish. Finish: quite long and, indeed, greener. Green tea and cider apples. Comments: fair, clean, honest, loyal, pure and simply very good. SGP:451 - 86 points.

  3. molar3rd scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose : Starts rather smoky briny and gentle. Wood hay and mossy logs, in addition to a very gentle fruitiness of melon and other exotic fruit i can not really put my finger on.

    Palate: Very nice stuff going on here: really nice wood smoke. BBQ , meat. Could have been fooled to think its a toned down Lagavulin. Love this profile.

    Finish : Campfire , smoked meat. Malt. Some wood.

    A cracking little dram. Loved it, especially that lovely wood smokiness and fruit. Well worth the price, for under 50 quid, this is a steal. really is.




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