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Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 1997 CA
5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.22 points
- Good buy in Campbeltown
nice complex spicy smoky
Very long citrus
- Bunnahabhain 17 yo 1997/2015 (57.5%, Cadenhead, Authentic Collection, bourbon hogshead, 258 bottles) Colour: straw. Nose: this one’s peated as well, but it’s somewhat peated ala Ardbeg, with rather a mineral and slightly tarry side. In other words, a fatter peat smoke this time. With water: whiffs of menthol and raw wool. Wouldn’t that be Woolite? Mouth (neat): oh excellent! It’s got a little more complexity than the youngsters – the benefits of older age, as Methuselah once said – and certainly a lot of lemon, seawater, and this kippery feeling. Both sharp and fat(tish), is that possible? With water: it’s the lemon that wins, which makes it almost summery. Extremely zesty, and rather less ‘Ardbeg’ when reduced to +/-45% vol. Finish: pretty long, and zestier than lemon juice. Still a little menthol in the aftertaste. And tangerines, and passion fruits. Comments: I find this absolutely excellent. The age is right. SGP:656 - 88 points.
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- Compared to a full mouth explosion, where I'd rather guess to be on Islays South Coast if I'd get it in a blind tasting, the nose is relatively disappointing.
It would be above 90 for me had the nose been better.
- Cadenhead's official tasting notes:
Nose: Very grassy with damp peat bricks and very oily. Faint dry smoke with a slight meaty aroma.
Taste: Much dirtier than the nose suggests. Wet wood smoke, dunnage warehouses , nutmeg and unripe pears.
Finish: Long and oily with hints of smoke, avocado and pineapple chunks.