Bunnahabhain Stiùireadair

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
First and Second Fill Sherry Casks
46.3 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
P040614 L5 16:38 17142
Added on
05 Jun 2017 5:06 pm by holborndrinker

Average value

€ 40.06

24 × in wishlist

596 × member ratings

1399 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain Stiùireadair

101 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.32 points

  1. peatbogger scored this whisky 83 points Specialist

    I'm not sure what they went for here. Stiùireadair means helmsman, and the helmsman of the Wyre Majestic, the ship wreck outside of Bunnahabhain, admitted to have been drunk out of his senses when they docked on the rocks. Maybe they have tried to recreate his dram of choice?
    Anyway, it's an affordable bottle with the decent strength that is Bunna's chosen standard; 46,3%
    I see no reason to stock up, but there's no regrets in getting a bottle.
    • Nose
      85 85
      The nose is a bit weird, but I find weird interesting.
      By weird I mean it's sweet and fruity, but at the same time there is a clear salty tinge to it.
      In one sniff I catch the sweet sherry, in the next it is more of a sour wine note. Not unpleasant, just weird... and interesting.
      Cooked apple, sugar sweet orange.
      Alc is barely noticable.
    • Taste
      82 82
      I like the taste, even though I struggle to define it.
      It's not typically sherry, yet it's sweet dark berries, close to black currant, yet it's not.
      Pinch of salt before the pepper sets in.
    • Finish
      83 83
      The drying spice manage to drag it across medium length.
      Sweet fruit, bitter chocolate. A wave of rum raisin at the very end.

  2. Cubey666 scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    No... this is not what a Bunnahabhain is supposed to be...

    Nose: bit briny, young spirit-like, malty, baked bread and a whim of fried potatoes with onions and bacon

    Taste: Alcoholic burn, more intense than the ABV% would suggest, Spirity, bit harch, reminds me a bit of Grappa

    Finish: none so what ever.

    In short: the name is more complex than the body
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      72 72
    • Finish
      70 70

  3. grinface scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Some nice things: Walnuts and a mild sherry profile.
    Some not so nice things: Wood taking over and too much bitterness for me.
    Overall I like the dirty Mòine better.

  4. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Wow, I really wanted to write a positive review after those negative ones below. But the more attention I gave this, the worse I think it is. The IB's and 2017/2018 Feis Ile bottlings are a great lot better, luckily, IMHO.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Not quite Bunna-like. Fudge, vanilla, some ammonia chloride, musty oak wood, all covered in annoyingly present sulfur,
    • Taste
      78 78
      Watery, then sherry notes, some fudge and vanilla sticks, then sulfur and then quite peppery,
    • Finish
      65 65
      Short, bitter in the end, slightly drying. Sulfur, fudge and some sherry notes die quickly on the tongue and on the side of the tongue. Not pleasant.

  5. ASWhisky scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    why 81P and not 80 P?
    Dectel said
    "that was the cutter chugging past"
    yes that was it
    • Nose
      Smells like Buna / Sherrymaritim
      smoky like at the harbor
      salt licorice
      caramelized ivy leaves
      Rum from the bottle
      Salmiak moderately - the eucalyptus
    • Taste
      cool & smooth at the start
      Nougat chocolate on the tip of the tongue, then smoky warm, filling the mouth, sweet cider apples, herbs on the tongue, light alcohol note
      gets biterier and a bit spicy if it's longer in the mouth
    • Finish
      Rum, cider apples, and bitter apple peels remain on the palate
      slightly smoky sugar in the throat

  6. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Since surprise me the rather below average ratings, this special sherry mix would have to please the Sherryheads, I think it's very interesting.
    • Nose
      Hui, gross nose, very own sherry notes of gravy, onions, cumin, camphor, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, boiled ham, blood orange, raisins and prunes, some black pepper too
    • Taste
      Here, all the mentioned sherry notes mix directly with the sea salt, coffee, dark chocolate, leather, nutmeg, pepper, cloves, camphor, gravy, onions, cinnamon, walnuts, caraway, raisins, prunes
    • Finish
      Very dry bitter, but with beautiful sherry sweetness, dusty furniture, old leather, salt, clove, nutmeg, onions, nuts, long and warm

  7. MrDvorak scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 83pts – |83 – 86 (B) → Good| — Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have.
    • Nose
      85 85
      The nose is pretty closed and opens with notes of dried fruits, nice sherriness, chocolate and cinnamon.
    • Taste
      83 83
      The taste is dense and full-bodied with nuances of seaweeds, dried apricots along with raisins and winy sourness.
    • Finish
      82 82
      The finish is medium length with hints of winy sourness again followed by maritime and chocolate notes.

  8. Myke scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    inexpensive Bunnahabhain with a maritime note; Possibly two or three drops of water are worth it. Water makes the orange notes stand out better. Very little smoke, if any.
    Now that the Bunna has spent a year in a half-full bottle, this sherry tiger becomes, and the nut-almond-marzipan-brown sugar aroma has become stronger. Here the oxidation 'improved' the whisky. That gives me an upgrade from 74 -> 80.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Sweetness, caramel; Vanilla something in the background. Slight maritime note. dried (red) fruits (very much) and light almond notes. Brown sugar and associations of spice cakes. Sherry is not so present in the nose.
      With oxidation: clearly pronounced sherry note.
    • Taste
      79 79
      all the more spicy and peppery, subsides a little and changes into something oily (slight salivation). Nuts a little more clearly. Some oak in the background. With the second sip the maritime note again. After adding a little water: taste of orange and light honey. Clearly sherry.
    • Finish
      77 77
      Tart coffee. Spices! A little salty. Dark chocolate -> slightly bitter, but still very bearable. With fancy red dried fruits. Very late some malt and some smoke (felt like 5ppm).

  9. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Adult spirits play very well, despite a certain porridge in the aroma, the drink left a positive impression.
    • Nose
      At first very closed, reluctantly revealed. Mash dried fruits, sherry, piece of wood, chocolate, nuts, cinnamon, a little sweet caramel.
    • Taste
      Saturated, dense. The nuances of seaweed mixed with dried apricots, raisins, prunes, wine acidity and walnuts.
    • Finish
      Medium + length, sharp sweet. Remains in the language of wine acidity, dried fruits, a little marine theme and the remains of chocolate with sherry.

  10. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    2 nd review after 7 months. No change in rating.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Good sherry nose, Vanilla, caramel, nuts and a maritime touch. Loads of malt.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Light creamy, honey and sherry sweet with a good amount of spiciness. Too salty near the end when drying out.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Short finish, dry wood and some salt


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