Overall rating
88.75/100
votes
151
Whiskybase ID
WB63777
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Wemyss Malts (Wy)
Bottling serie
Kirsch Gâteau
Vintage
1988
Bottled
2014
Casktype
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
442
Strength
56.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
27 jan 2015 1:31 pm by z-imaging
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 187.49

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Whisky reviews for Bunnahabhain 1988 Wy

24 users have left 24 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.75 points.

  1. Griller76 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Too bad that taste and finish do not hold what the very interesting nose promises.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Brandy cherries, very esterig, At the beginning freshly poured: very disturbing and clear solvents like UHU - but this disappears after about 15 minutes then opens full-bodied strong sherry, green tea and jasmine tea, a lot of tannins
    • Taste
      89 89
      Purely enjoyed this whisky is much too strong, the alcoholic burning swallows everything - with water: sweet, very well integrated alcohol, very full-bodied and beautiful sherry, but ultimately single-layered taste experience
    • Finish
      87 87
      sweet for a short time, but a long finish with bitterness.

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  3. Gregorsky scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
      90,5
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. WhiskyWitold scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  5. JoshNRW scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    (Update Jan. 22: A Wemyss with 56 percent is rare anyway. But I rarely have such a fine, intense and clean sherry malt in my glass. A dream of dark chocolate and cherries, intensity and delicate, clean aromas. Takes time and makes then open. Becomes more fruity and voluminous, fuller and is one of the best sherry malts that I know and have had in the glass three times now)

    Blue blind glass and also tried in the blender glass.

    You can just smell this whisky for a super long time and play with water or another glass with this variety of aromas. That's really fun.
    • Nose
      93 93
      In the beginning, of course, still very compact, but you can already smell a powerful intensity.
      After 30 minutes, the compactness dissolves and primarily there is - of course - a maraschino cherry in rum.
      This whisky is very mature and round. Rarely had such a beautiful sherry note that is not just clumsily sweet or spicy.
      In the back there must be a very light Islay sea breeze.
      Leather is also there, but where are the 56%? The alcohol was super integrated.

      With water comes more fruitiness and sweetness and I thought that wasn't good for him, but then the cherry note disappears after at least 45 minutes and you are rewarded with a spicy-woody sherry note.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Here you notice the 56% a little more, but then immediately the cherry-rum note again.
      Water is also great for him here - not that he needs it, but the spicy, old-ripe sherry cask note then comes to the fore again.
      I find it even better with water, softer and creamier.
    • Finish
      94 94
      Remains dry and sherry-woody on the palate for a long time, just as you would expect from old malts of this type. The mouthfeel is super intense and dark without being over the top. The finish is very, very long.

  6. Deloti scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Lovely malt. Really a Kirsch gâteau. Nose and palate are beautiful, although not very complex. Finish a bit too harsh for me
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  7. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Fantastic Wemyss, full bodied, varied, deep and hearty, the name promises quite a bit, but it is even more waiting for you.
    • Nose
      China boulders, sour cherries, full, lots of sherry, blueberry jam, fennel, dark nougat, kukuma, camphor, ginger, fresh coffee beans, prunes, shiraz, marzipan, chocolates in dark chocolate with brandy filling
    • Taste
      Everything from the nose almost again, Rumrosinen, Sacher cake, cinnamon, nutmeg, kukuma, fennel, anise, coffee, everywhere black and sour cherries, old chest of drawers, fine leather, dark and sweet malt, port, sweet tobacco
    • Finish
      The dates and rumrosines continue with dry oak and tobacco, a few herbs, long

  8. MadScientist scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      92 92

  9. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Very nice malt, which definitely carries his name and does not completely extinguish his Brennereicharakter.
    • Nose
      Sweet raisins, boiled plums, cherries, a breeze of the sea beating past, a creamy touch of fresh milk behind it, paired with the cherries was probably eponymous
    • Taste
      Strong onset, lots of red fruits, but here more likely the cherries, it is immediately astringent dry, slightly peppery and also herb chocolaty, gradually the oak spice more dominant
    • Finish
      Beautiful warmth, here again a bit maritime, a nice mix of seafood and sherry, very long us a bit woody, here now hardly astringent

  10. hans1971 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Also a topper of the Bunna-tasting part III (2015) by Ruud
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  11. squaadgras scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  12. DrinkingWhisky scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    It's a great whisky, but a bit one-dimensional - it seems like they bottled the cask just a bit too late. Tasted 6/12/2015 in a line-up with different Wemyss bottlings.
    • Nose
      Needs a warming hand (it almost smells like grainy glue when cold). Dades, figs, burned sugar. Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte anyone? Kirsch Gâteau sure is an apt name for this whisky. 
    • Taste
      Red fruit - cherries! It misses a creamy mouthfeel, which weirdly enough makes it a tad dry. Spices: cloves with aniseed. Do I also taste a bit of saltiness there? 
    • Finish
      Warm, warmer, warmest. It just keeps on going; spicy, yet something sour as well.

  13. ColorOutOfSpace scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  14. addyhd scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Blueberry chocolatecake, dry sherrie, condensed milk, big finish . I like this a lot . Thanx to BunnahRuud.

  15. Peter87 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  16. The Macallan scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A stunning slice of cake. For me a Cracker Jack!
    • Nose
      Truly a 'Kirsh Gatteau', full, rich, sherry, chocolate, red fruit and later some orangy, very much alive and kicking there.
    • Taste
      Wham a sweetish start, the sherry flavors, fruiy, drying and chocolate cake.
    • Finish
      Beng very powerful, with a warm long fruity after taste.

  17. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  18. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    apart from the almost legendary hype about this bottling and the almost hypnotic naming (which may well hit the mark) a really horny sherried Bunna with a lot of power and intensity.
    • Nose
      Pure: in fact, if you read the name beforehand, you immediately notice an intense Black Forest cherry cake note. Long live the suggestion! Creamy, heavy chocolate note with a hint of cherry. There, again! After a while again: It now flashes in the background a little the Banana Bunna DNA, so now Black Forest cherry with banana. Oh well, let's leave that ... With water: even sweeter, more intense, maybe a little maritime harbor stink from the Bunna, but maybe that's just a dream.
    • Taste
      Pure: very sweet, even here solid chocolate start but is soon overpowered by a fiery pepper sharpness. But it only hurts a little, then comes darker chocolate and cherry ... I give up. With water: WET Black Forest cake. So there you have ...
    • Finish
      dark chocolate and cherry ... what the heck ...

  19. thijs100 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Intensely sherried Bunna can be pretty good. And in this case it is very good.
    • Nose
      Rusty metal, maybe a touch of sulphur, but not in any way bothersome. It adds a layer in my opinion. Burlap, walnuts, grain cookies. But also rich, dark cherry syrup with raisins and dates.
    • Taste
      Coffee, mocha and black pepper. Intense dried red forest fruits, and also bitter chocolate. The palate is pretty dry.
    • Finish
      Long and warming with wood spices and lots of sherry influence.

  20. SteveW110 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Nice malt !!! Neat heavy sherry influences ...
    But I do not really like this malt!

    In the finish too much oak and too many annoying Bitternoten.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      83 83

  21. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Wow - this is a real sherry bomb. Outstanding and excellent. But one has
    to like these flavours of dark fruits, old sherry, marzipan and
    raisins. But as I very much appreciate a piece of black forest cherry
    cake this Bunnahabhain definitely is my liquid alternative.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Whisky-Connaisseur/550443305109776
    • Nose
      Full and rich with lots of treacle sherry, dark ripe fruits,
      alcohol-soaked cherries. Smells like liquid black forrest cherry cake.
      Marzipan and raisins, all the typically suspects one might expert from
      this sherry bomb. Chocolate and hints of oak come through at the end.
    • Taste
      Wow! Full explosion of all the flavours from the nose. Sweetness,
      sherry, lots of cherries and raisins, marzipan and fine dark chocolate.
      Very thick indeed.
    • Finish
      Quite long and warm finish with lots of sherry and marzipan. Creamy, dates and oak spices.

      WITH WATER: Stays creamy and keeps the sweetness of the old sherry and dark fruits. Very pleasant to drink.

  22. KayMeertens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Lovely profile but pretty one-dimensional. It lacks the typical touch of sulphur that can be found in most sherried Bunnas, but I can't say I miss it.
    • Nose
      Very heavy sherry. Dark cherry, raisin, prune, date, marzipan and mocha. Touching 90.
    • Taste
      Dark cherry, prune, raisin, mocha, salty liquorice and some chilli pepper.
    • Finish
      Dark chocolate, raisin, cherry and mocha.

  23. markjedi1 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    What a grand Bunna!
    Reminds me a bit of the 24 Year Old Bunnahabhain 1988 from Berry Bros &
    Rudd, which I found equally wonderful. Thanks, Wim!
    • Nose
      The nose is
      wonderfully sweet and very dark, if you catch my meaning. A veritable sherry
      bomb: rum raisins, Mon Chérie bonbons, candied ginger, Turkish Delight and
      apple fritters with syrup. Walnuts. A drop of balsamico. Bitter chocolate.
      Candied sugar. Reminds me of the better rum. Few if any maritime elements on
      the nose. This was probably produced from unpeated barley (if I remember
      correctly, Bunna only started using peated barley in the mid ‘90s of last
      century).
    • Taste
      It is syrupy on the
      palate. And so tremendously sweet. Even sweeter than on the nose! And yet,
      underneath the dried and dark fruit simmers a salty edge. This is very good
      indeed! I get cloves, cinnamon and a red pepper. Touch of aniseed. Then the
      sweet fruit, with cherries in the lead, overpowers all that with easy, making
      this malt a dessert in and of itself.
    • Finish
      The finish is quite
      long. And spicy. And sweet. And salty. Will this ever end?

  24. Ragazzo scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nice Sherry Bomb... butt much to dry for me in the aftertaste.

  25. wimpol scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Now this is a really good sherry bomb and yes you can spell BOMB in capitals, without exaggerating. Non peated sherried cask strength Bunnahabhain and at a respectable age: 26yo! This is very comparable with GlenDronach single cask bottlings and it has the typical Bunnahabhain 'banana DNA' I recognise in every Bunna, and I like that. Sweeter than GD but not too sweet, I'm really enjoying this! About €160 euro. Tasting notes Wemyss:Bunnahabhain 1988 26y 56,2° ‘Kirsch Gâteau’ 442 bottles. Cask Strength, non peated, non chill filterd, no additional colouring, sherry butt. Colour: Rich Mahogany

    Nose: Rum and raisin fruitcake soaked in cherry kirsch served with a ginger wine toddy.

    Mouth: liqueur soaked cherries with dark chocolate flaked with sea salt. Sticky gingerbread spread with molasses syrup.

    Finish: Warming cinnamon and star anise coat the palate.

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