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Overall rating
82.50/100
votes
14
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Old Malt Cask
Vintage
02.1991
Bottled
09.2006
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
refill Hogshead
Casknumber
DL 3028
Number of bottles
328
Strength
50.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
01 May 2009 2:12 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 84,00

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Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 1991 DL

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.50 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    [July, 2018]  Another quick review of a sample that came along unexpectedly.

    The colour is pale gold and the texture shows small tears with medium fast legs.  The nose offers a light but very delicate Bunna profile with lots of fruits, honeys and some spices but almost no peaty aromas at all (maybe it was an unpeated batch what they did from time to time at the early nineties).  Quite interesting to nose an (almost) unpeated Bunna profile that easily matches the fine Speyside drams in that dimension.  I like that even if it is not what you expect from a Bunnahabhain, usually.  The whisky arrives warming but just very little coating in the mouth with a significant bitter-drying feeling (tannins).  That is something I do not like and usually Bunnahabhain does much better on this dimension.  The taste cannot keep the promises of the nose and is by far not that complex and delicate - it rather shows a spicy spike with bitter-astringent tannins (the wood has the say and the usually "on-par" Bunna spirit is clearly dominated by the cask influence after 15 years only, what a surprise!).  The finish is short and stays very spicy (wood-driven) with some sweet honeys added towards the end.  Water reduces the wood dominance to a certain degree but still the malt flavours are rather shy on the palate.  I like it best when reduced to about 40% abv.

    A Bunna with a fine "unmasked" nose and a rather weak taste, unfortunately.  But the nose is worth a try if you ever come across a sample (but I do not recommend to buy a full bottle, except it is offered for less than 50 Eurobucks)...
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    This is really light for a Bunna and certainly not atypical of the distillery so worth trying for that alone but not that exciting to be honest
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  3. St. Pauli scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Too much wood influence for me. It's a powerful dram indeed, but the bitterness of the wood dominates too much.
    • Nose
      Very lightly peated (salty peat), with a light savoury, smoky character. It's fragrant otherwise, almost perfumed. Tropical fruit, flowers, and green herbs.
    • Taste
      Starts rounded, but gets quite spicy and bitter towards the finale. It's mostly grassy, a bit malty, What comes next is lemon juice and zest, pepper, and clove. Towards the end, a pinch of salt hits the senses.
    • Finish
      Long, rather salty with again a trace of peat, but otherwise it's quite woody with bitter and hot spices. 

  4. MaltMartin scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A strange Bunna, but expessive enough to reach mid 80's in my book.
    • Nose
      Smoky and malty, but also quite light and a flowery note. Vinegar as well.
    • Taste
      First sweet with rich and oaky tannins and citrus fruits, later more spices, salt and bitterness.
    • Finish
      Long and salty. Bitterness again and some peppers.

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