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Bunnahabhain 08-year-old Mòine

Overall rating
89.51/100
votes
87
Whiskybase ID
WB80072
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Warehouse 9 - Hand-Filled Exclusive
Bottled
2015
Stated Age
08 years old
Casktype
2nd Fill Oloroso Sherry Cask
Casknumber
3660
Strength
60.9 % Vol.
Size
200 ml
Market
sc Scotland
Added on
20 mar 2016 3:03 pm by EckoVicto
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 57.28

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Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 08-year-old Mòine

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.51 points

  1. thijs100 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A very good example of a dram that improves dramtically after adding water. Without water this is 82 or 83 points in my book. With water it rises up to 87 or 88. Logic dictates a score right in the middle of that.
    • Nose
      Smoky, meaty barbecue notes dominate, with some salty seaweed added to the mix, as well as a layer of rubber. I also find a hint of cocoa powder, molasses and tar.
    • Taste
      A big hit of peat and rubber, as well as some salt, lots of ashes. These flavours actually dominate the sherry influence, which is maybe not non-existent, but is certainly pushed way to the background. Water brings out notes of espresso, syrup and milk chocolate. It restores some of the balance.
    • Finish
      Long and drying, with smoke, wood and coffee.

  2. Patrick93 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  3. 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
      90 90
      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
      91 91
      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.

  4. checkpointuk scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    http://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=248 Color: Amontillado Nose: Dark ripe cherries with balsamic syrup, lots of smoky leather, furniture polish, tobacco, wood and a subtle chocolate note. This is how the nose presents itself at the beginning. Add elderberry juice with some honey tips - creamy, fresh and delicious! Taste: Rather thin body but with a lot of spice. Full salt power, white pepper and an alcoholic spiciness. But also cocoa, wood, leather and fresh peppermint. After reducing the sharpness creamy, balanced and dry. Finish: Long, fresh and spicy. It still tingles on the palate. The dark fruit notes come to light again and run in conjunction with cocoa, cream, wood, nuts and almonds and sound with a shaded cloud of smoke. Note: Great cask to recommend to anyone who visits the distillery - only to buy on the spot. 91 points N: 92P / G: 90P / F: 91P

  5. Ruud6421 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    It is
    hard to assess this whisky. First of all, I really appreciate what the cask did
    here. A 2nd (!) fill Oloroso turned this young bunny in such a
    powerhouse of a dram. No young spirit is detectable. But it is a bomb with
    balance and huge flavours and mouthfeel.

     

    But that’s
    also the problem, it’s a great dram, but not at all refined. Whiskies like this
    are conquering the whisky world right now. Drams with big flavours (sherry,
    peat, bourbon) that are recognized by people and will score therefor higher
    points (look fi at the MMA). But what will come of refined whiskies, with
    layers, with development. I really enjoyed this Bunna, and I’m deeply impressed
    with the quality it has after 8 years, but I’m really afraid that a couple of
    years from now every whisky will taste like this.
    • Nose
      Big
      (huge) aromas of Oloroso sherry and peat. Most present are dark sherry
      flavours. Rubber, 99% chocolate, dried fruits (raisins, figs). Some strong
      oakwood influences. And then there’s the smoke, a bit on the sideline, but it
      is strong.
    • Taste
      Very
      oily with big flavours, real thick. This is very mouthcoating with bitter-sweet
      flavor (cacao, dried fruits, Christmas cake). A very, very intense dram.
    • Finish
      Forever.
      Dry. Wood, smoke and raisins.

  6. dram-drinker scored this whisky 88 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. dram-drinker scored this whisky 88 points Photo Moderator

    Very dark and strong like a freshly brewed espresso - really not bad but rather not typical for a Bunnahabhain - on the nose it reminds me that I need new summer tyres soon
    • Nose
      Intense sherry wood, of course smoky, fresh rubber, sea breeze - pretty strong
    • Taste
      Punchy, but oily and smooth, peaty and smoky but not as much as the nose suggests, some citrusy, little salty, nutty

      Lots of water recommended: Becomes less peaty, more notes on toffee and espresso, subtle sweetness - better!
    • Finish
      Long and burning, a tad bitter in the end

  8. JacobaEd scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  10. hans1971 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Tasted during Bunna-tasting IV at Ruud Very nice dram !!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  11. squaadgras scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  12. MikerG2k scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  13. Bram84 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  14. Daan Tje scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Soooooo !!
    Bunna-tasting Ruud 2016
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  15. LordBellamy did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Nose: earthy peat with distinct sherry notes, especially raisins, chocolate, plums and dried apricot. In addition, a very strong and dark sweetness like burned caramel / cane sugar. The alcohol is clearly felt, which could be better integrated, the Malt calls very loud for water. The youth is palpable, which would have allowed two more years to stay. Taste: First very concise sherry, then it is very peat-accentuated, the back of the bite the alcohol bites full Finish: short to medium long, plenty of alcohol, quite dry with raisins and again the earthy peat, the oak is barely noticeable, it hides well behind the spicy Brennereicharakter With water: yes, it gets noticeably softer. From the earthy peat is now cowshed, farm, also a burning tire and wet asphalt can be found. Conclusion: For a 2ndfill cask the monstermäßig has a lot of sherry, I do not want to know how the distillate looked after the first filling. His youth is always over, the alcohol is too strong and not really well integrated. Otherwise, he makes a lot of fun, but only with a decent shot of water - 85 points
    Who finds sulfur and cows good, would probably give him 1-2 more points

  16. The Macallan scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A fantastic dram, a nice re-fill sherry butt.
    • Nose
      Full sherry, some earthy peaty notes, dried fruit, lovely aroma's
    • Taste
      Smokey, briny, sherry, woody and drying
    • Finish
      Long, warm with some woodspices

  17. Fight65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Too many sulfates in the nose, which then evaporate somewhat - great smoky notes. Young wild bunny! But there are better warehouse no. 9.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  18. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Wonderful marriage of sea salt, peat smoke, and rich, fruity sherry on the nose, with hints of damp dunnage warehouses, tar, diesel oil and rubber adding to the complexity. Great stuff with a depth and complexity way beyond what I would expect from only 8 years in the cask. Slightly less complex on the palate, with a blast of peppery peat nicely tempered by the sweet sherry fruits. Long, lingering smoky finish. This is a seriously impressive whisky that I am still struggling to believe is only 8 years old. I never appreciated just how good the peated Bunnahabhain spirit really is! This is a serious rival for the heavy hitters from the south shore.

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