Overall rating
Single Malt
North Star Spirits (NSS)
Bottling serie
Cask Series 001
Stated Age
26 years old
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
51.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
29 Nov 2016 10:00 am by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 194,42

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49 × member ratings

39 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 1990 NSS

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.85 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur


    A Bunnhabhain at respectable age, that is what we will conclude our North Star Spirits tasting with. This Ileach slept for more than a quarter century on a bourbon hogshead. I am quite sure this is going to be a treat.

    Yes! A wonderfully fruity nose on banana, coconut, fresh pineapple, lime and bergamot. A little fruit bomb indeed. The maritime character of Bunna is a bit out of the picture but that is no punishment as this is really good. Vanilla and camphor are the spices on duty.

    On the palate, I enjoy this creamy – nah, call it waxy – whisky on sweet fruit, while a beautiful bittersweet smokiness kicks in that goes hand-in-glove with a wonderfully salty edge. Yes, this is Islay after all. Midpalate I get some liquorice, white pepper and ginger.

    The finish is very long and returns to sweetness, but at the death it is the smoke that has the final say.

    My teenage son communicates via chat with all these strange abbreviations. OMG is one often used. It suites this whisky very well.

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2017]  A bottler I never heard of so far - this is a must try...

    The nose is all about a very sweet vanilla-driven profile with some hints of fruits, but rather one-dimensional.  It arrives on the palate warming but not very much coating (one would expect much more after 26 years from an Islay dram).  Some bitter notes from heavy tannins too, but not really unpleasant.  The taste is vanilla-sweet again and a little spicy, with a chewable consistency  The finish is rather short and unimpressive.  With some water added it gets sweeter but more oakier (bitter) as well.

    I miss almost all maritime notes in this Bunna, making it a somewhat one-dimensional and less interesting dram than I expected.  Nevertheless easy to drink...
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  3. Dominique69 scored this whisky 88 points Moderator

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. Love street scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83


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