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Bunnahabhain Mòine Oloroso

Overall rating 159 votes 86.74
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2017
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry Casks
Strength
60.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5029704218486
Added on
09 Feb 2017 6:20 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 129.90

4 bottles available

Lowest price on Market: € 130.00

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Member rates

407 × in collection

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose 22
Taste 22
Finish 22
Balance 22

Tastingtags

40 Notes

Macheye
Expert Junior Macheye Tasting note
01 Aug 2017 6:07 pm
Macheye gave this whisky 89 points
Color
Mahogany
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.

Comments

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.

https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/bunnahabhain/bunnahabhain-moine-oloroso/

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hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Review note
04 Apr 2017 10:37 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 83 points

[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 has a quite significant sulphur 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 tastebuds are blocked).  The only spirit that can stand such a massive profile is an old rum.  That is why I will finish this evening with a 27 year old Caroni...

Weighted Rate
82.6
Nose
82
Initial taste
79
Body
84
Finish
82
Price
84
Presentation
88
There is no accounting for taste...
Okto-Bull
Expert Senior Okto-Bull Note
09 Mar 2017 8:10 pm
Okto-Bull gave this whisky 88 points

Hui, der gefällt mir. 60 Umdrehungen die ich unverdünnt genießen kann. Und das für einen NAS. Eher ungewöhnlich. 

Sehr würzig mit Kräutern und ein bisschen Lakritz. 
Wasser tut dem Kollegen nicht wirklich gut. 
Griller76
Member Junior Griller76 Review note
31 Jul 2017 9:18 pm
Griller76 gave this whisky 95 points
Weighted Rate
94.7
Nose
92
Initial taste
94
Body
94
Finish
98
Price
99
Presentation
92
Griller76
Member Junior Griller76 Tasting note
31 Jul 2017 9:31 pm
Griller76 gave this whisky 95 points
Color
Mahogany
Nose

Traubenmost roter Trauben, schwarze Johannisbeere, Weihnachtsgewürze allem voran Zimt und etwas Sternanis, leichter Rauch

Taste

Petrol, altes gegerbtes Leder, altes Maschinenöl, dezente Süße + Bitterkeit

Finish

Die ohnehin schon zurückhaltende Süße nimmt ab, während die Bitterkeit deutlich zunimmt.

Dann Pfeifentabak, der süße Sherry wird nochmal süßlich deutlich, am Ende sieht eine edle ewig lang anhaltende Bitterkeit, als ob man hochwertige Zartbitterschokolade mit hohem Kakaoanteil (90%) gegessen hätte und dabei eine edle Pfeife, oder Zigarre dazu genossen hätte.

Comments

Ein wahrhaft anspruchsvoller Whisky, welcher mir auf ganzer Linie mundet. Er ist furztrocken, aber nicht zu trocken, da er von dezenter immer wieder rechtzeitig aufflammender Süße begleitet wird. Er erinnert an einen eleganten Salonabend in guter Damenbegleitung. Der Abgang ist anspruchsvoll, ewig lang und schmiegt  sich an den ganzen Mundraum den er chalant ausfüllt mit Genuss auf höchster Ebene. Von mir gibt es eine 94 dafür.

Jean_Dubois
Member Senior Jean_Dubois Review note
23 Jun 2017 5:33 pm
Jean_Dubois gave this whisky 88 points
Weighted Rate
87.9
Nose
88
Initial taste
88
Body
87
Finish
89
Price
90
Presentation
85
My Collection
ctu
Connoisseur ctu Tasting note
08 Jun 2017 8:47 am
ctu gave this whisky 87 points
Color
Mahogany
Nose

A big dose of sherry and sulphured smoke. Sweet peat, caramelized plum and rum raisin.

Taste

Salted, peppery start. Then fresh mint, peat and raspberry. Later antique leather and tobacco.

Finish

Long, smoky with cocoa

Comments

Yeah, it's a smoky sherry bomb. But beside it enough complex. Similar to Ledaig style.

nhuber
Expert Junior nhuber Note
06 Jun 2017 10:27 pm
nhuber gave this whisky 85 points

nice nose, sherried smoke, well balanced, a bit rough in the mouth but still likable... nice one, liked it, but you have to forget the price.... liked Lagavulin 8 much better for its cleaner style AND much cheaper price.

Whiskywobbler
Member Senior Whiskywobbler Review note
21 May 2017 8:00 pm
Whiskywobbler gave this whisky 85 points

A smokin’ sherry bomb! Bit low on complexity, although the peat smoke nicely covers the youth and balances the sherry.

Weighted Rate
84.6
Nose
85
Initial taste
87
Body
84
Finish
83
Price
83
Presentation
85
Shane_IL
Expert Senior Shane_IL Tasting note
18 May 2017 10:01 pm
Shane_IL gave this whisky 86 points
Color
Burnt umber
Nose

Mix of dusty peat and dusty sherry. Seaweed in the sun. Plums. Brown sugar. Oak chips. Cherries. Almost a Ledaig-like funk.

Taste

Salty peat. White pepper. Woodspice. Eases into acacia sap and red fruits. Plums. Fennel. Menthol. Leather. Tobacco.

Finish

Long. Quite warming. Tobacco smoke. Earthy peat. Woodspice. Menthol. Cacao. Red fruits.

Comments

This was an interesting one. Not as balanced as some sherry matured Bunnas I’ve tried, but man it was full of character. Loads of smokey, fruity goodness in here. It also has quite a lot of dirty funk to it that kind of reminded me of a Ledaig.


Reviewed in my blog:

https://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2017/05/18/bunnahabhain-moine-oloroso/

My Collection Happy to swap samples with anyone in the UK/EU/Canada, pm for details.

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