Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Archives (Arc)
Bottling serie
The Fishes of Samoa
Stated Age
40 years old
Number of bottles
50.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
05 Jun 2013 12:06 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 488.80

79 × in wishlist

130 × member ratings

104 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 1973 Arc

24 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.34 points

  1. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Addendum -- After opening this for 4 months, this leaped from 91 points to 93-94 points... Wow. Oily, diesel, fruity, citrusy, white creamy fruits, with hint of smoke.
    • Nose
      91 91
      It says "butt" but more like ex-bourbon cask to me. Vanilla and white fruits like pears, apples, guava, honey dew. Also some lemons. A lot of fruits, yes, but this is not wickedly fruity. Ginger honey. White pepper. Good, but I was expecting something heavier and more precise. This is a bit all over the place.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Lots of shaved coconuts along with some white fruits again and also raw veggies like daikon and white carrots. White peony root herb. Not supremely fruity. Pretty good mouthfeel, waxy. Not perfect though. Clearly, there is some excessive wood spice.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Quality dram. Lingering wood spice. Again, not as fruity as I would like.

  2. Dirk scored this whisky 92 points Super Administrator

    Had the opportunity to try this last year in November (thank you Michael!) and now had the chance to retry this. It is just fantastic! My bottle has thick oily white flakes at the bottom, no worries it is quite normal for these bottles.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Apples, pears, peach honey, some grassy element. Wow! Some wet pebbles, a bit of fragant. All very nice and balanced. Grapefruits emerge, some creamy vanilla and coconut.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Full on dried oranges, little bit of heat. Honey, limestone, lemon, marzipan. Could be a little bit thicker to be honest. Vanilla, something herbal, pears, peaches. Getting a bit of red chilli here now.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Great finish, really shifts gears here compared to the taste. Palate seems to lose a bit of power but the finish is long! Again peaches, some pears, apples, some of the lime is still there. Some coastal element here a bit of briny elements. And it could be imagination but a whiff of smoke.

  3. Hvdree scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  4. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    tasted with JJ

    sample from Whiskybase, thanks Menno!

    takes a deep bow... 
    • Nose
      bourbon fruits - apple, pear and peach, honey, dusty, creamy - advocaat and vanilla
    • Taste
      berries, yellow fruits, honey, creamy, cake baking mix, fantastic bourbon fruits, soft spices and waxy
    • Finish
      peach, vanilla, caramel and spun sugar

  5. ASWhisky scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Ranking: 1st nose, 2nd finish, 3rd mouth

    the nose is quite interesting and pleasant
    the mouth loses noticeable alcohol
    The finish is delicious with lots of apricot jam and some smoke
    There is a lack of tension and depth
    Overall, this whisky stumbles at various points
    and can not convince for his age and his price
    • Nose
      slightly smoky adhesive note
      Woodruff & herbs
      Almond & raw cake dough
      with water much fruity (sweeter) and slightly maritime
      Woodruff remains
    • Taste
      nut marzipan
      then alcoholic burning on the tongue
      not better with water
    • Finish
      apricot jam
      Apricot kernels (slightly bitter)
      some smoke

  6. Ruud6421 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      92 92

  7. magic_slim scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    An excellent Bunna. Thank you Whiskybase for the sample.
    • Nose
      Starts sweet with lovely fruity and vanilla notes. Sesame brittle and sweet exotic fruit salad enriched with vanilla sugar. Also some Lush soap. A little bit of coconut, cake, a whiff of smoke and peat. An excellent nose.
    • Taste
      Warming with citrus fruits (oranges and grapefruits) at first mouthfeel.  Grassy and earthy with a wee bit of salt and hints of smoke and peat. 
    • Finish
      Long, spicy and zesty. Becomes slightly dry and ends velvety.

  8. Ruud6421 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Give it time, and then.. Ow.. This nose is devine. It surpasses perfection. Very fruity, very full, very bunna, very subtle. Really great. Waxy. Fruits: red, white, dried, citrus, everything! Also honey, marzipan, vanilla. All perfectly in harmony.
    • Taste
      Lost for words.. Can it really be this nice? Ok, get a hold of your self: again very waxy. Again a lot of fruit: melon, citrus (grapefruit). Everything coated in a layer of honey. A bit grassy and malty. Intense taste, very intense.
    • Finish
      I want to cry..

  9. aphex scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Another überfruity old Bunna with lovely spicy backbone.
    • Nose
      Fragrant. Uberfruity and waxy. Ripe bananas, mangoes, pineapples, apricots. Whiffs of coconuts. Citrus. Floral and honeyed. Hints of coastal and mineral notes (seashells, wet stones). Safe. Not a complete copy-paste.
    • Taste
      Fruity and waxy. Bananas, peaches, oranges. Juicy, zesty and slightly sour (grapefruits). A few spices (pepper, ginger), light oaky notes, a pinch of salt.
    • Finish
      Long, lingering fruits and spices on the tongue.

  10. KayMeertens scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      Surprisingly fresh at first, doesn't seem that old at all. Pear, sweet lime, banana, green pesto, a bit of broth and a whiff of smoke.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Tobacco, leather, crème brûlée, pear, strawberry, apricot, banana and red apple.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Tobacco, smoke, apricot, malt and a bit of banana.


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