Bunnahabhain 1997

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Feis Ile 2017
Calculated age
19 years old
6 months Virgin American Oak Finish
Number of bottles
52.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Fèis Ìle 2017
Added on
05 Jun 2017 11:06 am by rottendon
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 373.42

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39 × member ratings

84 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 1997

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.57 points

  1. rottendon scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    If you like bourbon, you will love the stuff! It's unbelievable what a 6-month finish in a good Virgin Oak barrel can do with a Bourbon-matured whisky.
    • Nose
      Color is Burnt Umber without reddish.
      An extremely powerful nose, a lot of caramel and Virgin Oak woodiness, with some roasty aromas. One thinks to have an old noble bourbon in the glass, also the color blows into the same horn. From the alcohol is nothing to feel in the nose. Heat actually makes it even fuller (that works?), And also adds some fruitiness, candied papaya or something, maple syrup. Add some tobacco and leather.
    • Taste
      Buttery soft in the mouth, again with a lot of caramel, fir honey, but also a good blow barrel acid. The alcohol pushes late, but all the more powerful, without the slightest trace of burning. Warms up fuller, more balanced, darker, caramel, an idea maple syrup, again leather and dusty loft, dries off to the rear and brings a lot of fresh wood.
    • Finish
      Sounds slow and warms up extremely. The dark sweetness goes together with a beautiful tannin-rich fresh wood note that lingers at the end much longer and in a Nussigkeit, like walnuts uberght. Overall, very long.

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2017]  I had this dram during the Feis at the Ballygrant's Inn.

    The nose is very shy on sherry flavours and strong wooden notes.  With some water it opens up and releases some dried fruits aromas.  The mouthfeel is warming but adstringent due to heavy tannins.  It coats just the tongue, not the whole mouth.  The taste is quite bitter on heavy wooden notes and stays adstringent like the first mouthfeel.  Same with the finish, heavy wooden flavours add up to an overall bitter impression.  But at least no sulphur!  With water the dram flattens somehow but it gets sweeter and smoother - I like it better that way.  For the neat dram my score would be one point lower...

    This is completely not Bunnahabhain style, it rather reminds me of these woody bourbons that I do not like at all.  And by the way, if I want a heavily oaky whisky I will buy an aged bourbon - why should I pay a multiple of that money for a 20 year old Bunnahabhain that tastes almost the same?  Every aged bourbon whisky I tried so far was better (despite I do not like this style at all)!  So it seems the Scotch force their customers to adapt to an US whisky style (I wonder how long it will take before they switch completely to bourbon at all)  - as I said before, the whisky world gets insane...

    PS:  This whisky matured 18 years in an oloroso butt and two years in virgin american oak (hence the heavy oakiness).
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  3. Arquebus scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Single cask, refill sherry for twenty years and according to the distillery staff a flash finish in new American Oak cask for about 3 months.

    I had a good tasting of different Bunnas at the distillery and this one really shone out. ber rich, soft and luxurious. In my view the finish works well and adds a touch of complexity. 

  4. Menko scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I do not really like Bunnahabhain. Nor Sherry finish. But to my great surprise, they have succeeded in making something special out of this! It is still not my taste, which is the explanation for my modest 86 points. Otherwise my rating would have been considerably higher. The complexity and quality of this release can not be disputed.

  5. Achany scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Tasted this one at a Bunnahabhain Ultimate Tasting. Nose was sweet, some fruits in there as well. the virigin oak did take some time to show, fresh spices, green fruits and hints of citrus was all there. finish was all right. Fine dram but for a Feis Ile bottling nothing special. did like the younger one much better
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A very interesting compilation. Advertisement on the bottle with American Oak certainly scared some, but there is a lot more to it.
    • Nose
      In fact, you have a direct bourbon note on the nose, vanilla, spicy oak, tannins, floral, a bit of cucumber, and fresh with mint, behind it you will find the sherry influence, with nuts, dark fruits and some chocolate, all in all a good dose of oak with you With water it is lighter and more fruity
    • Taste
      starts spicy, with oak, vanilla, then extremely sweet, sherry bomb, raisins, liquorice, chocolate, very creamy, full-bodied, first beat the fresh oak notes of virgin cask and then clearly sherry kegging through, with the bourbon note from time to time Palate flashes
    • Finish
      In the finish again the bourbon notes are longer lasting, with a lot of vanilla, the mouth is dry

  7. kaasklop scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87


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