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Overall rating
90.26/100
votes
177
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Small Batch
Vintage
1976
Bottled
2016
Stated Age
39 years old
Casktype
Sherry Butts
Number of bottles
648
Strength
49.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
07 Apr 2016 3:12 pm by pilgrim77
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 609,44

60 × in wishlist

177 × member ratings

169 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 1976 CA

38 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.26 points

  1. Jackson05 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    This one blew my mind a little bit.

    I haven’t been overly lucky with Bunnahabhain in general and was faced with the choice to buy the 39 year Tomatin cadenhead, or this 39 year Bunny. Middling reviews and a lack of success with the distillery made the choice easy enough and I went with the Tomatin. I never gave my choice a second thought since all my peers seemed unimpressed and even called it over oaked... Until I tried it. I was instantly filled with regret for not picking one up, but we can only go with the information at hand. A stunning Bunna, and I vehemently disagree with my peers who were not impressed. The moral of the story must be that only you can decide what is a great whisky. Even when everyone else is wrong ;)
    • Nose
      93 93
      A great old waxiness, which I love. Antique wood, soft cherry kirsch, a classy old leather chair once used by a pipe smoker. Most surprisingly - melons, some mango and a sprig of mint. Wow.
    • Taste
      93 93
      A firm and memorable waxiness. Some biting leather and cocoa nibs, but again, soft tropical notes of honeydew, mango and kiwi. Cherry wood and firm but unobtrusive oak. Let’s call it black tea. Perhaps a little wood glue, but I do not mind. Again a little mint and fresh herbs. Amazing.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Waxiness lingers, the fruit fades and the wood comes to the fore. It is firm, but I do not find it obtrusive at all. Some herbs, cocoa, with cherrywood and black tea notes.

  2. dram-drinker scored this whisky 93 points Moderator

    A sherry oak bomb but in a very balanced way - very good
    • Nose
      Fresh, intense, honey, oak wood, resin, dark fruits, plums, prunes, but also hints of citrus fruits and melon - really not bad
    • Taste
      Punchy, oily, fruity, blood oranges, nice oak wood in balance with subtle sweetness, milk coffee, little toffee, milk chocolate

      Water recommended: More fruity, smoother
    • Finish
      Long and burning, the milk chcoclate turns more into dark chocolate, but there are also more oranges and lemons

  3. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    As said before: This dram needs A LOT of time to blossom but your patience will be rewarded! Most Bunna's older than 18 years seem to need at least one hour in the glass before really revealing themselves. Anyway, this is my general impresssion after having tasted approximately 12 different Bunna's. Sadly, like most other old(er) Bunna's this one is also a little bit too expensive upon release.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. nallacam scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    (Unfortunately) tried without Notes.
    Oak, spices, sweetness combined in a wonderful complexity.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. mr.p9 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  6. Edwin Lim scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      91 91
      Musty, Dried Fruits, Sandal Woods.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Dried fruits, Some Oakiness, Tobacco,
    • Finish
      86 86
      Short, Light Oakiness and more Fruits

  7. Edwin Lim scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      91 91
      Musty, Dried Fruits, Sandal Woods.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Dried fruits, Some Oakiness, Tobacco,
    • Finish
      86 86
      Short, Light Oakiness, Spicy and Fruits

  8. Mark-E scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  9. stefsel111 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  10. Dominique69 scored this whisky 93 points Moderator

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

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