Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Whiskyman (TWhm)
Bottling serie
The Birthday Dram
Stated Age
40 years old
Number of bottles
48.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
26 Nov 2013 8:57 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 427.25

45 × in wishlist

97 × member ratings

83 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 1973 TWhm

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.61 points

  1. dram-drinker scored this whisky 95 points Moderator

    For sure the fruitiest Bunna ever - of course you need to like it and I like it very much even so I would never bet that it's a Bunna. It reminds me very much on the series of great old Speysiders also from 1973 and about 40yo. It seems that 1973 was the year of fruity whiskies. Anyhow really excellent!
    • Nose
      96 96
      Extremely fruity, intense tropical fruits, bananas galore, mango, papaya, passion fruit, honey, creme brulee, other overripe fruits, hints of solvent, whiffs of oak wood - superb!
    • Taste
      95 95
      Very oily, creamy, mellow, thick, sirupy, good sweetness, plenty of fruitiness, fine notes of oak wood, good level of acidity, very ripe fruits, lemons, spices, white pepper - fantastic!
    • Finish
      94 94
      Long, warm, fruits everywhere, little bit more on grapefruits but still with good sweetness

  2. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Ripe fruit, pineapple, notes of cognac, this nose initially gives off a great freshness. It evolves slowly but surely towards more creamy notes.
      With a few drops of water, a superb balance is formed between the fruity notes on the one hand and the toffee on the other hand. The whole is very fragrant.
    • Taste
      Very nice with spices, woody notes and a texture reminiscent of peach syrup.
    • Finish
      Clove, cinnamon, the finish is very smooth, but also drying on its great length. Dry herbs.
      With water, less tannic, giving pride of place to the fruits and the length becomes quite exceptional!

      Nose 4/5, 5/5 with water
      Mouth, 4/5
      Final, 4/5, 5/5 with water.

      Whisky n ° 1799

  3. hans1971 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    The topper of the Bunna-tasting part III (2015) by Ruud
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  4. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Vanilla pineapple custard coconut, reminds me of a tropical fruit tart, really enjoyable maybe a tad too sweet

  5. dRambo scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      91 91

  6. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur


    I had this at TWE O&R show and just had to take a little more home to re-savour. I scored it 90 points at the time.

    N: Its one of those ‘aah’ drams, perfectly-sweet & creamy, served with a supreme fruit salad [strawberries, apples, melons, papaya,…], custard creams and pastries galore - all of it waxed-up like apples & pears prepared for a Green Grocer display. Add a few herbs [marjoram, spearmint perhaps], sweet dandelion & burdock, other floral fragrant delights, ginger beer, sweet prune juice, dates,… you get the picture. In short, a heavenly aromatic/fragrant, tropical fruit-basket>herbal candle.
    T: I didnt take this home for ‘under-the-microscope’ scrutiny, i simply wanted to enjoy more of its 'super-happy place'.
    F: Aside from the [tropical] elixir-sweet fruit basket, theres a key counter note of bitter-sour dunnage & sweet-bitter mandarin citrus running underneath - one which naturally belies this malts true grand age.
    C: And what of age, and score for that matter? - just a number, that's what. Joy in a glass right here, a fine way to celebrate life [starting] at 40.

    Scores an A[-]

  7. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    This was bottled by four Flemish friends to celebrate their 40th birthday’s, two of which were manning the Whiskyman stand at the Old & Rare weekend in Glasgow. With only 155 bottles in total split between them, it’s a treat to be trying this - not least because 2013 was also my 40th year and Bunnahabhain remains one of my heart distilleries.

    N: Papaya & mango alongside a myriad of other waxed fruits & flora and then all the bananas - especially those small sweet ones you get in abundance down in Trivandrum.

    T: There’s more tropical-ness embodied in a succulent saline<waxy<nectar mix, creating an intoxicating palate and moorish mouthfeel. I love this, it’s right up my street.

    F: It keeps on exuding it’s elixir - 40yo yet forever young.

    C: Thanks Billy, a real treat. And that’s close on day 1. Full report: WLP

    Scores an A-

  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Having some water with it this time.

    With a few drops of water there is even more fizz and its creamy and fruity with it.

    The main thing is the bitterness has completely gone and its quite thick now.

    Yeah this is a great old Bunna.

    My score goes up to 92p.

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  10. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Bottled maybe slightly a year or two too late but that's being picky, this is an excellent aged Bunna.
    • Nose
      Wet grass, hay, lime, cream & jam sponge, mango, peach and hints of orange marmalade.
    • Taste
      Very fizzy on the tongue and there are some ham notes with a slight bitterness from the wood which is expected at this age. Hints of brine.

      Cold sweet tea, lemon, hints of menthol
    • Finish
      Good medium length, getting sweeter with the fruit taking its time to come through


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