Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
A.D. Rattray (DR)
Bottling serie
Individual Cask Bottling
Stated Age
23 years old
Sherry Puncheon
Number of bottles
56.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
22 may 2014 9:25 am by RoyC
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 123.60

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57 × member ratings

95 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Bunnahabhain 1990 DR

10 users have left 10 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.56 points.

  1. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    So I would have blindly guessed an ex-bourbon maturation, and when I look at the other notes, I'm not alone with the impression that you can drink quite well, but nothing earth-shattering either.
    • Nose
      Quite fresh at the beginning, waxy, apple, rather tart light fruits, grassy, honey, really a lot of apple, a little oak is added, with a slight spice, vanilla, a hint of marzipan, so I look for real sherry notes in vain
    • Taste
      oily, sweet, apple, sour, the oak palpable here, too, vanilla, honey, grapefruit, with a lot of imagination perhaps hinted at a bit of dark chocolate
    • Finish
      even more apple, sweet, but also tart aromas of bitten apple peel, woody, now also salt, very pleasant, creamy

  2. nhuber scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Certainly not your typical Sherry cask, hard to figure out it was a Sherry puncheon... Nonetheless very nice, oily, orangy, does it very well.... Nice balance and easy to drink. Slainte.

  3. Kaleva scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I would never think on a blind tasting this whisky is matured in a sherry cask. It has all the signs of bourbon maturation: light flowery nature with typical bourbon profile. Well, probably it was some tenth fill cask :) Besides that this expression is quite pleasant on every tasting stage, shows good balance and overall enjoyable.
    • Nose
      Quite closed on the full strength, vanilla, ripe apples and pears, butter cookies, toffee, sultanas, a touch of smoke, camomilla, caramelized lemon zest. Water opens up creamy and flowery notes
    • Taste
      Medium-sweet, peppery, some industrial motives (motor oil), lemon pie, some oak, salty almond notes
    • Finish
      Quite short, mouthwatering, malty and nutty notes, slightly sweet

  4. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This malt takes a lot of time in the glass. But then you will be rewarded by intensely interwoven flavors.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Malty, with honey, vanilla, well-integrated alcohol, fresh sea breeze, oak spice in the background. In addition, bright fruits, here in the form of pineapple, apple and some citrus.
      The longer it stays in the glass, the more the aromas open. It may be 30 minutes here.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet beginning, honey and pineapple, apple and pear, vanilla with malt. Hardly spicy and spicy.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Short medium length. Sweet again in the beginning, with spice, hardly any bitter substances, and indeed a little maritime saltiness.

  5. DocF scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Color: Pale Straw.

    As a missing link between the 12/18yo original bottlings and the 28-year-old Hogshead signatories, it offers mature, resinous notes, and the Bunna character is still easy to find (if you know what you're going through). At the finish, the cask almost takes over, because of the intense fresh as well as dark aromas, it fits for me anyway in the category ~ 90 points.
    • Nose
      Intensive lemon without water, with resinous notes and a little caramel behind. No alcoholic stinging. With water: a real swimmer, still lemons, more resinous, compost, tree sap, burnt caramel and a hint of smoke. Lilac and dry sawdust. Pine needles. After the first sip predominantly resin and caramel.
    • Taste
      For the alcohol strength pleasant to drink. Better with water - very resinous, burnt, more caramel, many plant sections, moder, espresso. Lilac bloom. Lies oily in the mouth, but is even razier than the Signyo + 27yo + Hogsheads.
    • Finish
      Long. Resinous, black coffee, ashen, always bitter, polished oak, dusty, bone-dry boards. Long drawn green tea. Maybe a bit too bitter.

  6. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Cicero did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Wow, what a horny whisky
    I could sniff it forever and the taste is great too
    fresh lemon and tidy oak, a great combination that I have never tasted in any whisky
    • Nose
      fresh, lemon, honey, abrasion from the lemon peel
      next to the freshness but also oak and spices of an older malts
      Smoke or no smoke - as is so often the case with Bunnahabhain, I am undecided as to this matter.
      And actually something like exhaust or engine oil, yummy
    • Taste
      strong, but not alcoholic
      Sweet, very clear honey
      sweet lemon peel
    • Finish
      neat oak, is getting stronger

  8. smaeksle did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Some water makes it a little more pleasant, but it remains rough on the tongue and an Islay whisky.
    • Nose
      Light campfire smoke, some heather, oak in decent amount. In the background a minimal medical note. If you let it breathe, vanilla and fruity notes emerge.
    • Taste
      Stronger start, no trace of smoke, the alcohol covers everything except for a small touch of cocoa. After a little bit of water: the smoke disappears in the nose, oak-wort remains in the nose. In the mouth he becomes more pleasing and sweet. Honey and some sea air are on the tongue. Vanilla is added.
    • Finish
      Relatively short, seasoning stays on the tongue.

  9. ASWhisky scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    a very tasty whisky with fine and powerful aromas
    in a successful interplay

    * Kanalpirogel> So the smoke I find in it comes from a broken engine, not from a peat fire mmh, I like them indeed
    Ranking: 1st nose and mouth 3rd finish
    • Nose
      a lot of fresh lemon
      Chamomile, borage and mint
      Malt and engine oil
    • Taste
      very typical Bunnahabhain:
      Easy on the tongue and sweet almost like a Speysider
      then a dark spicy malty in the mouth
      sweet caramel with camomile in the beginning
      then warm malty smoke exudes from the bonnet * , wood with honey
      on the palate lemon .. some engine oil,
    • Finish
      pleasant feeling of caramelized dark beer

  10. malt_fan_06 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Nose: fresh, maritime, sea breeze, seaweed, lemon zest, lemon sorbet. Tight. A touch of balsamic, a bit herbaceous and also some oak.
    With water: even fresher, maritime, salty, herbaceous and herbaceous, forest honey. Oak. Subtle, complex.

    Velvety, full, light ginger sharpness, intense-powerful, dense. Forest honey, salty, a little herbaceous, pear, sugar syrup, again clearly maritime. Balanced, lush.
    With water: even lusher-fuller, voluminous. Maritime.
    Finish: Long, expressive, maritime and intense, quite dry, peppery.
    With water: even more intense-powerful, maritime, longer with afterburner.
    Conclusion: delicious dram. A balanced, classic Islay whisky, good PLV.


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