Bunnahabhain 2008

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Warehouse 9 - Hand-Filled Exclusive
Stated Age
07 years old
2nd Fill Oloroso Sherry Cask
58.6 % Vol.
200 ml
Scotland Scotland
Added on
08 jun 2015 1:58 pm by S1WL
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 37.00

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Whisky reviews for Bunnahabhain 2008

9 users have left 10 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.50 points.

  1. ARDBERG scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    3cl Handfill tasting:

    cask 4903 7yo - 91-90-90
    cask 3660 8yo - 90-90-91
    cask 1490 12 yo - 90-91-92

    very close together, quality is super high. This was the starting time of the Warehouse 9 tastings and I am afraid, overall they haven't kept this quality up, although it is still high and a W9 or W4 tasting is highly recommended any time you pass by.

    I added 5 drops of water to 1.5cl, hence my comments... maybe some drams needed more, but I ran out of stuff to try...
    • Nose
      91 91
      cask 4903 7yo - reminds me of 1979 Signatory dumpies. thats great. Oloroso sweet nuttiness, old leather, furniture polish, dark chocholate, candied oranges, alcohol tickles the nose - very good complexity and powerful. 5 drops of water in 1,5cl makes it angry. More alcohol strikes my nose, less complexity more spice and (virgin) wood. No water on the nose for me.

      cask 3660 8yo - engine oil, peat, waxed orange peel, dark cherries, cocoa powder - all of it very barbecued. Hard to believe it is a second fill cask: Water doesn't do any harm, maybe even more engine room now and less alcohol on the nose with an oaky spiciness.

      cask 1490 12 yo - after nosing the fist two, this almost has a cabbage note, a bit sour, not really nutty, rather fruity, some yellow some red but not so ripe, some chocolate, very fresh - nosed on its own, the cabbage note almost disappears- Hm, seems it doesn't like to play with the others. Same effect as with the 7yo with water - an angry rotten cabbage with mate tea now!
    • Taste
      90 90
      cask 4903 7yo - the nose replicates on the palate, though it is much smoother than the nose suggests. Water helps the complexity of the taste immensely, though spiciness (cloves, indian marsala, virgin oak) take over eventually. Two different whiskies with and w/o. Slight tendcy to old school w/o water.

      cask 1490 12 yo - rather the 12yo unpeated next... quite similar to the nose, though no cabbage but a lot of sweetness. Quite compact and quite but not overly complex, though the rather yellow fruits keep on working to make the mouth water. that's really cool. Some rotten cabbage at first with water, though then wonderfully massaging every little aroma onto the tongue. I can overlook the cabbage here and go with the water option.

      cask 3660 8yo - sweetness sticks, a whole engine room in my mouth (ever been to the Deanston Turbine Room?), reminds me of the Moine Oloroso CS NAS, but a bit less dirty. Wood smoke rather than peat smoke. Red fruits now. More fruity, sweet and much smoother (tamed?), less smoke either woody or peat. It has much appeal though I miss the Deanston Turbine room a tad. It's a wash between w and w/o water, well with in the summer w/o in winter.
    • Finish
      90 90
      cask 4903 7yo - good and long finish with no surprises more on the sweeter side - with water finish is smoother with more complexity but also more "modern" spice same as in the taste. Had it been quite old school (1979 SV) w/o now it is quite modern spicy virgin oaky. I prefer the old school w/o water, but also the modern approach has appeal, though a bit less to me.

      cask 1490 12yo - the finish is THE thing here, mouthwatering, yellow fruits and oranges working with a sherry sweetness - no cabbage;-) No cabbage in the finish with water. Very complex mouth filling and warming, gentle sweetness with candied oranges. Certainly water wins it with respect to the finish.

      cask 3660 8yo - more complex in the finish than in the taste with mouthwatering qualities as well with a lot of sweetness remaing and now, rather peat than wood smoke. This would have so much potential as a peated sherry standard, why don't you Distell? With H2= so smooth, sweet, with citrus fruits (oranges) and an enginge peatiness, that fills my mouth. I hardly notice the alcohol strength now. Almost velvety. Even more potential, Distell!!! Hello! Do it cask strength now as a standard!!!!
      Hey, with water at any time but don't miss the undiluted experience.

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  3. Tastingbros scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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  4. aphex scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A very good young heavy and tasty sherry.
    • Nose
      Heavy and rich sherry nose. Black raisins, plum, coffee, leather, spices.
    • Taste
      Creamy on black raisins and dates. Then dark chocolate, dry.
      Let's try with water. Lighter nose with caramel this time. The palate is more creamy and smooth with caramel again. I prefer it without water.
    • Finish
      Long, dry, dark chocolate and spices.

  5. Maltkanzlei scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    I would hope that Bunna would also focus more on single cases in regular sales. The success of distilleries like Highland Park with this concept should be incentive enough.
    • Nose
      It clearly leads the sherry. Very dense, heavy notes. Bitter orange marmalade, prunes, pipe tobacco, a bit of nutmeg, noticeable but unobtrusive sweetness. Overall, I do not feel it musty or musty, but still there is in the background of this fragrance, so if you open an old wooden chest of drawers for the first time after many years. Surprisingly good!
    • Taste
      Mighty he rolls in, oily, both in consistency and my first association, as far as the taste is concerned. Very warm in any case, the cask strength is spreading. Accompanied by a pleasant tingling sensation on the tongue. Ougroso with its typical associations. Behind the handfill is a little salty, leathery, after some time in the mouth even deeper Sherrynoten. Occasionally now echoes of dark fruits, but rather a marginal phenomenon. Not the most fruity and not the most complex, but an overall very harmonious Sherry Bunna.
    • Finish
      Long, powerful Oloroso finish. An excellent 'modern' sherry man, who has nothing to do with the special glories of bygone days, but convincingly shows that sherry mounts of top quality can still be created today with the right ingredients. Doubly gratifying that this was achieved in a comparatively young malt, where even unripe, metallic notes from the distillation process should have been suspected.

  6. ErzWhisky scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    an excellent young malt showing amazing maturity
    • Nose
      sweet; Wood with a beautiful sherry note; dark and fruity; Cocoa; crumbly apples; the alcohol is very well integrated
    • Taste
      sweet and strong; a lot of sherry and raisins
    • Finish
      nice and warm; strong; Sherry and wood tones; sweet oranges; long

  7. dram-drinker scored this whisky 92 points Photo Moderator

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

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 92 points Photo Moderator

    How can that be after just 7 years? Amazing!
    • Nose
      Rich, heavy sherry wood, tannic, motor oil, rubber, espresso, dark fruits, plums, dates, subtle sweetness
    • Taste
      Wow, how thick and mellow, liquorice, definitely coffee, espresso cappuccino, dark chocolate and again plums, dates, figs, etc.
    • Finish
      Medium long and warm, doesn't even get bitter in the end

  9. Shane_IL scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This was a really amazing whisky. Hugely complex for its age, very drinkable and the sherry influence is huge for 2nd fill. Fantastic, fantastic whisky.

    Reviewed in my blog: https://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2016/08/05/bunnahabhain-7-year-old-2nd-fill-oloroso/
    • Nose
      Big, nutty sherry nose. Wine cake. Smells like someone went and mixed some paprika with some cacao powder, there’s a chocolatey and spicy note but somehow they feel like part of the same thing. Brine. Sea-rotten wood. Something slightly reminiscent of Aramis aftershave. Dusty.
    • Taste
      Very oily. Bitter fruits, sweet fruits, juicy fruits, all dark red. A dry woody sherry note. A good helping of sea salt. Slight damp earthiness, like a bare earth cellar floor. Sweet but peppery spice on the swallow, like mexican candy.
    • Finish
      Very long. Huge rich sherry notes. Dry. Acidic wine. Fennel. Dusty wood.

  10. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Wonderful heavily sherried nose, making it difficult to believe that this is a 2nd fill cask! The creamy, salty and nutty trademark Bunna nose isn't completely swamped though...so this a bit like the standard 12yo on steroids. Very deep and rich Bunna profile then, which is quite incredible for such a young whisky. A drop or two of water helped to release even more complexity, especially with respect to the fruity aspects, whilst bringing forward darker notes (roast coffee beans and old leather). The youth of the spirit is more evident on the palate, with water required to take away a slight fiery edge. The DNA of the Bunna spirit and the sherry cask are in excellent balance, however, with the sweet fruits adding to the nutty/salty aspects. There is also a lovely, waxy mouth feel that I associate with the 18yo OB. A slight edgy dryness on the finish again hints at the young age of the dram, but quickly gives way to a creamy, lingering aftertaste. These young, hand-filled examples are great for use in the Bunna warehouse tasting tour that was a real highlight of my last Islay trip. However, they are also of a high enough quality to make them a wonderful experience when enjoyed (and perhaps exposed to an even more rigorous examination!) in the comfort of one's own home.

  11. Fight65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86


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