Overall rating
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
1st Fill Sherry Hogsheads
323 - 325
60.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
21/03/17 170220
Added on
09 May 2017 2:15 pm by RoyC
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 70.92

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73 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 2009 GM

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.61 points

  1. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    a nice and for the price really good whisky. But unfortunately no true Bunnacharakter. Hard to imagine at the age. Perhaps the newer fires, like so many distilleries, are no longer based on character but on "round". Too bad.
    • Nose
      Pure: nice fruity, green banana, pear. Vanilla and honey. What I miss is the dirty Bunnanote. With a little water: white chocolate, more vanilla, in the background now slightly maritime.
    • Taste
      Pure: amazingly smooth and mild onset for strength and age. here too, the yellow fruit dominates, unfortunately again no dirt, but properly wood. With a bit of water: rounder, smoother, a trace of salt still reminds of Islay.
    • Finish
      rather short, fruity and dry.

  2. keizerjos scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Very fond of Bunna, not very fond of high ABV's. That's complicated. In any case, the ABV starts by numbing the nose, but I was prepared - 60.5% in one go is crazy. Molasses, concentrated lemonade syrup (once worked in a soft drink factory ...) but later also sweet tobacco, wood.
    In the mouth a trace of pineapple, strong wood accents, sherry - but again I can't stand the caustically high alcohol level. I buffalo on, really, but details or nuance, no, I don't notice that at such an ABV. Ultimately, my mouth is used to the violence, but then I can no longer discover depth, the refined and subtle is lost to me. Unfortunately. 85 points, if only because it is Bunna.

  3. thijs100 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Rather a good and unusual single malt, that I probably should've snapped up a few years ago.
    • Nose
      Touches of calvados, but mostly very malty, reminiscent of the grist that's the result after milling the grains. There's a whiff of sour cherries, copper and even orris root. After a little while it becomes sweeter—a bit more candy-esque.
    • Taste
      ery creamy and mouthcoating with pronounced notes of sweet oranges, caramel, fudge and a touch of port-stewed pears. Water bring out brown sugar, tobacco and red apple, but also charred lemon peel.
    • Finish
      Hints of pear skin and apple parts, accompanied by soft spices.

  4. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  5. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A very decent whisky for a very decent price!
    • Nose
      Apricot, chocolate and fruity. Sweet but heavy stuff. The earthy tones of Bunna are a bit in the back. It's there but you'll need water to find it.
    • Taste
      Apricot, banana's, melon and something like milk-chocolate with nuts. Without water it's surprisingly well drinkable. WIth water it gives more of it's flavors. Also the Bunna note will appear with water.
    • Finish
      Long, creamy and fully sherried. Apricot is gone actually. It reminds me more like ripe pears or something now.

  6. PortEllen1983 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Note from Mr. Serge V.

    Bunnahabhain 2009/2017 (60.5%, Gordon & MacPhail, Cask Strength, 1st fill sherry hogsheads, casks # 323-325) Five stars

    Curious to see why these cool people in Elgin bottled these two sister casks separately. Because there must be a reason! Colour: gold. Nose: oh I see, this is much more mineral, limestone-y (do you say calcareous?) and barley-y, so much drier, more austere… Now if this is really ex-first fill sherry – and of course I have no doubts - they were fino or manzanilla casks, even if I do get wee touches of bubblegum, and rather less smoke. With water: a perfect pure maltiness. Mouth (neat): oh wow! Smashing lemons and quinces, plus angelica and soft roots. Jerusalem artichokes? Or is that parsnips? Love this, really love this… With water (while the whisky gets very cloudy, as often with G&M): totally perfect mineral lemons. I say no more. Finish: sadly, yes. Comments: whether you’re on a budget or not, you should rush out and buy these glorious and immaculate young Bunnies by G&M. State of the art, gives you faith in ‘whisky today’. 

    SGP:362 - 90 points.

  7. Blake or Mortimer? did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Part of the Whiskydinner selection at Massen in November. Funny thing is I actually rated another Bunna by G&M higher (WB 99950), whilst Serge from Whiskyfun rated them the other way around 2 weeks ago. But both are undeniably of very high quality with a great price-quality ratio. This one here's more fruity, whilst the other has some nice citrusy peat.

  8. mer1973 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. Goethe scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Great Bunnahabhain by GM. Althought it's very young there is a lot of structure and harmonic balance to this malt. The alcohol is very well covered.Concerning price/performance ratio: 9/10
    • Nose
      Vanilla, banana, fruits, nuts, plums, oranges, chocolate, some ginger, some dry scones, some cherrys.
    • Taste
      Plums, nuts, oranges, some ginger, milk chocolate in the mix with cherrys.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. Sherried chocolate with cherry and some honey. Some vanilla.

  10. MadScientist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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


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