Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Wemyss Malts (Wy)
Bottling serie
Banana Leaf Barbecue
Calculated age
19 years old
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
17 jun 2017 9:26 am by maltaholic
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 106.13

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Whisky reviews for Bunnahabhain 1997 Wy

6 users have left 6 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.70 points.

  1. aboutWhisky scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    A well-selected bourbon barrel that has built up a lot of complexity in its 19 years of storage. I really like the tropical fruits on the nose in combination with the delicate smoke. The name of the bottling also fits this very well. Quite unusual compared to standard Bunnahabhain bottlings.

    Detailed tasting notes:
    • Nose
      Tender, non-intrusive smoke mixes with sweet and fruity notes. Citrus fruits with an exotic touch come to mind, as well as cotton candy and caramel candies. After a few minutes the exotic fruits become more dominant and develop into a whole fruit cocktail with bananas, peaches, passion fruit and mango. You actually feel reminded of a fruity, smoky barbecue sauce here. After the first try, the nose becomes a bit spicier with cereals and freshly baked bread. The oak and herbaceous notes also stand out more and more over time.
    • Taste
      A very sweet mouthfeel that is immediately accompanied by peat smoke. The smoke seems a bit stronger than in the nose. Then come the fruits and the grain. The whole thing is accompanied by slightly herbaceous notes (heather?).
    • Finish
      The sweetness and the fruit decrease a little and make room for the oak. Spicy oak notes, grain and delicate smoke combine in a medium-long finish.

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  3. Lukas_Kiene scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Surprisingly much maritime smoke for a Bunna - especially in this age group. It is an all-round success and presents a wonderful Islay character.

  4. dominikbraun scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    (Disclaimer: Tried at the fair)
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Like all Wemyss, very good average quality, but he would have liked to try 3-5% more for comparison.
    • Nose
      Baked banana, roasted marshmallows, roasted chestnut, for me more smoked notes than BBQ (I miss a little ash), nice aromatic, smoked salmon from the Christmas market and toasted oak, heath meadow
    • Taste
      Okay, definitely more BBQ-style, charred oak, papaya, avocado, dry banana chips, roasted malt, rye bread, butter biscuits, spelled biscuits, algae, charcoal, green apple, white grapefruit, some forest honey
    • Finish
      Continue the tannins and the malt with some dried algae, rosemary and fennel, medium-long

  6. yggr scored this whisky 84 points Specialist

    Light menthol notes and a gentle Bunna smoke in the nose. The alcohol tickles the nose again and again. Hmm ... fruit notes or banana I find there only with a lot of imagination. Green apple maybe? For me rather fresh hay and a lush green meadow. Mild, slow onset, astringent ... rather unspectacular. The finish is pretty neat and long. This is definitely its strength. Conclusion: Hmmm ... that will soon be forgotten again, I'm afraid. A few turns more would have done him really well. I mourn some Chandler's Tobacco Pouch I would have liked to try ...
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. DocF scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    That was just a first impression, but I'm a little disappointed. Generally not very intense aromas, especially not very "Bunnahabhain". For 19 years little oak.
    • Nose
      Campfire smoke and greens in the nose, freshly sown meadow, not only grass, but also a lot of nettles and other stuff have been there ... Grilled banana.
    • Taste
      Dry, tingling a bit, again campfire, the green stuff and the banana, later, maybe with a hint of roast flavors
    • Finish
      Only slightly smoky, spicy, also light roasted aromas


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