Overall rating
Single Malt
The Vintage Malt Whisky Co Ltd. (VM)
Bottling serie
The Cooper's Choice
Stated Age
14 years old
Marsala Cask Finish
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
01 May 2017 1:02 pm by Mischi
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 101,96

3 × in wishlist

26 × member ratings

24 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 2002 VM

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.91 points

  1. EvilAFI scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nice nose, but a bit sharp with a quick finish. Marsala is evident and a welcome pair to Bunna
    • Nose
      88 88
      Fruity, grape juice, sweet bread, honey, lemon. Noticeable wine influence, but not overpowering
    • Taste
      84 84
      Sharp entrance, spices/oak lead until mid palate malt and saltiness team up with sour red fruits (rhubarb/raspberry).
    • Finish
      83 83
      Drying with sweetness, leaves a pleasant wine touch but leaves rather quickly.

  2. MattDoobie scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Yellow gold in colour, has thin quick legs and sat for 30 minutes before being reviewed in a Glencairn glass.

    Cherry candy, this is very a subtle nose, I have to work at it. I’m getting honey and loads of sour cherry blasters. Homemade raspberry jam, more honey, some sweet maltiness. It’s a very shy nose, the cherry eventually joins the rest in the backround. A final pass reveals fresh berries, fruit salad. Smells like a good summer whisky. 20/25

    I know I wouldn’t pick this to be a Bunnahabhain on the nose but the palate leaves little doubt. It’s very mouth coating, initially giving candy, fruit and bubblegum on the tip and side of my tongue with the dusty hazelnut on top, such a great arrival after the shy nose. A lot more malt here, barley sugars, vanilla and oak. It’s as sweet as the nose was fruity. There’s a little salt as well, a little maritime twang. Sweet cereal milk. Creamy as hell, amazing development on this one. 23/25

    *a few drops of water opened up the nose nicely but muddled the flavours on the palate way too much. I’d rather keep the discret nose in favour of the amazing development on the palate.

    Medium in length, it’s all sweet malt and honey at the end. It’s slightly drying for a few seconds and then pretty much disappears like it was never there. 19/25

    Value and presentation
    Top marks all around here, un-chillfiltered, natural colour, age statement and 46% abv. The box is really nice and has a bunch of information about casks and coopers written on it, I like the bottle design too. I paid 134$ CAD for this, a different take on a 14 year old Bunnahabhain, I’d say I’m getting my money’s worth! I highly recommend it and lastly a little warning; this bottle took a few glasses to come into its own, everything was very subdued at first. I opened it on a side by side with Glendronach 14 Marsala as well, that didn’t help. I’m glad I didn’t give up on it, I find it to be a very rewarding malt on the palate, so much flavour markers to pick out! 25/25

    Total score

  3. PX-Michl scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. jeoff scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  5. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Moderator

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Moderator

    Not sure why this got rather low scores but I actually like this style very much - very clean and sharp - great!
    • Nose
      Malty, barleyish, dry hay, sea breeze, salty, minerals, clean & sharp - pretty good
    • Taste
      Punchy, oily, lemony, limestone, minerals, salty, oak wood, subtle sweetness - very good
    • Finish
      Long and warm, zesty, spicy, more on grapefruits - really not bad


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