Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Oloroso Sherry Casks
60.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
09 Feb 2017 6:24 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

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€ 389.87

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Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain Mòine Oloroso

58 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.07 points

  1. Macheye scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    First of all, this is all too worryingly drinkable at 60.1%. But, a little experimentation here is a rewarding thing. It’s almost always worth playing with water to see how it influences a dram – sometimes the effects can be quite marked – as is the case with the Bunnahabhain Moine Oloroso. So marked in fact, I find it almost like drinking two very different drams. There’s great balance achieved here between the Moine spirit and the dry sherry from Oloroso casks – it works surprisingly well in producing a dry punchy whisky where neither the sherry, nor the smoke feel like they’re overdone at all. Water changes the complexion of this whisky entirely and whilst you arguably some of the careful balance, the experience is transformed entirely across all aspects of the tasting experience: different mouthfeel, different sweetness, different smoking etc. A highly recommended experience. Go out and buy a bottle. In fact, buy two. This is crackerjack.

    • Nose
      Eating treacle tarts whilst sitting by smoking machinery. Smoke is immediate and is sooty and ashy and very ‘engine room’ (I seem to find Bunna’s Moine this way a lot of the time). Sitting directly alongside this is a huge treacle and toffee hit from some serious exposure to quite active Oloroso casks. There’s an almost meaty note which tastes like animal hides and leathers, and a fair amount of dried berries and incredibly overripe bananas here. Meaty and fruit – like a whole meal in one! A hint of earthiness tied to the peating, and the slightest touches of coffee, chocolate and polish. With water added (we were always going to be trying that when starting at 60.1% ABV right?) the smoke becomes less prevalent, but more pungent – a dirty and salty peat now – and the dried fruits come out to play more. It’s a very different dram in fact.
    • Taste
      Rich and pretty viscous. It’s certainly ‘clingy’ on the palate, though not immediately tannic per se. Leathers again with raisins and heavily spiced toffee apples. There’s a real pepperiness running throughout the experience, which when combined with some sweetness from demerara sugar makes for quite a lovely balance of sweet vs bitter. With water added the bite of the 60.1% is reduced, but somehow only moves us away from viscous to a rather ‘chewy’. Oak spicing is enhanced with some maritime-esque salts coming through and a very intriguing chalky taste which is both cold and metallic. Again, water transforms this dram into something rather different.
    • Finish
      Fairly long finish which is slightly astringent and drying and favours the peppery oak spicing notes. Water doesn’t seem to alter the flavours of the finish but does reduce its length.

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2017]  This is what I call a "dirty" whisky.  It is full of off-notes and flaws and I wonder if this is intentional.  Somehow it is quite interesting as if someone tried to create the most aggressive (but still drinkable) dram...

    The first sip confirms my suspicious nose - it owns a quite significant sulphurous note (sorry folks, but I hate sulphur).  The body is rich, oily and mainly on fat, modern-style sherry so the sulphur is bearable at last.  The finish is long but I am not sure if this is good or bad.  No, finally I do not like it.  This is too dirty stuff for me and you cannot drink any other malt after that (as your taste buds are blocked).  The only spirit that can stand such a massive profile is an old rum - so I will finish this evening with a 27-years old Caroni...
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      82 82

  3. ARDBERG scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Yes, it is young, but what the wood and the oloroso and the peat are offering is certainly an engine room at its best, which is usually dirty, but not sulphur dirty in this case. I could keep sippin away into the night...

    To me no sulphur - and I am usually quite sensitive to this and I wouldn't like it.

    I certainly get a reminder of the Bunnahabhain warehouse tasting...

    Any of the sulphur guys want to get rid of a bottle?

    From a newly opnend bottle at a whisky club. I think it has more potential with more air...
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      91 91

  4. Griller76 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    A truly sophisticated whisky, which tastes me right down the line. He is furztrocken, but not too dry, since he is accompanied by a subtle always blazing in good time sweetness. He is reminiscent of an elegant salon evening in good lady accompaniment. The finish is demanding, eternally long and clings to the whole mouth that he chalant fills with pleasure on the highest level. I have a 94 for it.
    • Nose
      Grape must of red grapes, blackcurrant, Christmas spices especially cinnamon and some star anise, light smoke
    • Taste
      Petrol, old tanned leather, old machine oil, subtle sweetness and bitterness
    • Finish
      The already restrained sweetness decreases, while the bitterness increases significantly. Then pipe tobacco, the sweet sherry is again sweetish clear, in the end sees a noble eternally long-lasting bitterness, as if you had high-quality dark chocolate with high cocoa content (90%) would have eaten while enjoying a noble pipe, or cigar.

  5. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Hui, I like it. 60 turns that I can enjoy undiluted. And that for a NAS. Rather unusual. Very spicy with herbs and a bit of licorice. Water does not do the colleague good.

  6. glenenz scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This whisky needs a lot of time to open up. I left the bottle open for about 12 hours to get rid of the sharp edges of alcohol. I even decant the whisky in an other bottle just for the whisky to breath. But after that the whisky was absolute beautiful. 

    Nose: old oil, nuts, figs, steaming engine room, lightly smokey.

    taste: Oily mouthfeel, figs, choclate, nuts and that light smokeyness.

    Finish: medium long, on figs, nuts with a light bitterness. 

    After the breathing this whisky reminds me of the fill your own Moine last year at Bunna`s open day, just perfect!
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. Dramned! scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Diesel smoke and engine room - I did not have such extreme notes, as I could read them several times before, but this Bunna already serves a few extremes and there are also flavors that I found less beautiful. I like whiskys with rough edges, but here the will to be impetuous seems to me a little too exaggerated. I especially miss the subtle and unobtrusive complexity that I love about Bunna so much. And despite the accentuated Oloroso storage and the dark color, this is not a smoking sherry bomb, the overall picture is clearly dominated by the pale bitter smoke and a beautiful dark and very complex sweetness. Rarely did I need so many dams to approach a whisky. Patience is worth it, although there must be deduction of points for the initially unclean nose, the lack of complexity on the palate and the surprisingly short and uneventful finish.
    • Nose
      Mild mineral-metallic smoke, a bit of sulfur, tar-smeared rubber boots ... Pooh, - through this harbor thicket nose first has to work through ... but then very nice spicy sweet wood notes, sandalwood, cedar, very dark Demerara sugar, fresh coarsely ground pepper , baked salt crust, fresh tobacco, strong salt caramel, fruit notes I have only really very discreet in the nose, I could not explain exactly.
    • Taste
      Dry smoky ashy smoke, as if someone had quickly extinguished a campfire, peppery pungency, caramel sweetness, here comes more fruit than in the nose, plum compote and raisins, again nice sweet flambé cane sugar,
    • Finish
      Warming he slides down the esophagus, palate and throat are covered with cold ashes, I take a fugitive sweetness still true, that's it but then already.

  8. mothers_finest scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Of course smoke, but rather so extinguished fire in the early morning, sweet, grape, milk chocolate with raisins, a touch of sulfur and the intense smell a pinch of pepper. Stinging does nothing! 23 points. Palate: So the king discipline - first a mini-sip because of the ü60% vol ... Burns a bit on the lips and on the tongue. Hmmm yes, it develops, becomes sharper, the smoke is not even sooo present - it is there but the alcohol has the upper hand. The sweetness is there, as well as the dried fruits, especially the raisins and milk chocolate. No bitterness, no real burning but you still notice him the cask strength well. For me, there should be water in there - so bring the decanter! .. nose again ... Yes, just as before, just smoother. On the palate now (diluted to about 50% vol) already very sweet, almost sticky, alcohol is significantly reduced, milk chocolate is more, the sulfur in the nose is less, dates, nuts - slightly bitter as walnut, respectively. Coffee but also brown sugar. With longer chewing one feels the alcohol then again on the lips. It is not the so-called youth, no burning but so sharp, which then interspersed somewhere and that keg depresses a bit. I do not dilute down to 40 now .... Nevertheless, for me a decent 22 points. Finish: Power, spicy, sticky, cocoa, and again the milk chocolate. The thing pushes itself with roaring through the throat (undiluted) but still lets in quite fast. Maybe the (presumably) young age is best felt here. 20 points. Balance: The nose is top, on the palate then actually top, just a bit spicy. For real guys that should not be a problem - I, however, just wear plush slippers :-) .. the finish is ok, intense but quite short. 21 points for this. Overall, a successful whisky, or NAS. I come to 86 points but I like to turn up to 87, because the two most important factors (nose and palate) have fit. A more pleasant NAS, if not so cheap - but still. The thing invites you to water games, so you have something for a long time! And yes - the ship's engine room ... I'm not a captain, so maybe I can not have a say, but I did not have that. If ship engine room smell like that, then I know where I will sleep on my next trip to Scotland ... Motor oil delicious :-)

  9. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Another amazing Bunnah. You have to tame it to fully appreciate it.
    • Nose
      Very red fruits and dried fruits, but where is the peat that was boasted? It hides behind, a very light peat.
    • Taste
      Well, here it is the mineral peat. Light attack then it rises crescendo on spices and leather ... it explodes clearly in the mouth.
    • Finish
      Average on coffee, cocoa, spices. My peat disappears little by little.

  10. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Very pretty ! Enthusiasm 4/5 Whisky n ° 1265
    • Nose
      Super gourmand, chocolate pulling slightly towards the coffee. The peat, imperceptible at first, rises slowly but surely! A little grilled ham.
    • Taste
      Very big attack spicy (peppered), leather, chocolate, wood. Very beautiful equilibrium with peat! What intensity.
    • Finish
      Intense but without violence. Leather and ashes.


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