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Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 1989 LotD
7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.44 points
- A good spirit and good cask maturation make a good whisky, it's as simple as that. A few drops of water doesn't hurt.
Mellow and soft, but with a good intensity. As fruity as a good Bunna can be: apples, pears, gooseberry, peach. Then there is a consistent layer of fresh grass, complemented by a light mineral edge (ozone, rocks). Yes, it smells actually a bit salted, like a fresh breeze coming from the ocean. The oak delivered some delicate coconut flavour. Water brings out vanilla, dried fruits and even some cinnamon.
Punchier than expected, that is without water. The fruit gets a little more syrupy and dried, the grass gets drier too. Along comes some tannins from the oak, and fresh ground pepper. Water brings out the dried and somewhat sweeter character, with date and honey as main contribuants.
Medium long, with a nice level of acidity and tannins. The fruit is definitely more on the dried side. Then there is vanilla, pepper and cinnamon. It remains somewhat salted.
- Serge Valentin on Whiskyfun :
Bunnahabhain 24 yo 1989/2014 (45.9%, Lord of the Drams, Corps Flaminea) This one by another small Belgian bottler. It’s incredible how passionate about whisky some Belgians can be. Good people! Colour: white wine. Nose: another very orchardy one, that’s all I can say. Sweet apples, pears, gooseberries, plums, peaches, also a little honey, also hints of ripe bananas, also a little barley sugar, also drops of oranges. A few leaves and grass in the background, then a little antiseptic, as if this was an ex-peater cask. Mouth: spicier, but all the fruits are there. I won’t list them all again. Some fresh oak, white pepper, cinnamon, vanilla… Good body, good balance, alles in Ordnung. Finish: quite long, slightly more astringent, with some liquorice wood and green tea. A salty touch in the aftertaste. Comments: impeccable Bunnahabhain, not always flabbergasting, but consistently… err, consistent. This is one of the better ones.
- This is my 40th Bunna
so far and I have to say: it is great. Around 165 EUR, though, which seems a
Very fruity nose on
banana and coconut, sprinkled with light brown sugar, immediately followed by
citrus and pineapple. The maritime elements are present, but in a supporting
role. Spice-wise, I am reminded of camphor and vanilla.
It is very creamy on
the palate, and feisty as well. Apart from the spices on the nose, I get a big
dose of ginger and some white pepper. A nice salty edge that counter foots the
sweetness of the fruit, which has a hard time shining through here. Liquorice appears
midpalate. A mild smokiness that gets louder all the time. Very nice!
The long and fruity
finish offers the last word to the smoke.