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Overall rating
91.58/100
votes
76
Whiskybase ID
WB98228
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
North Star Spirits (NSS)
Bottling serie
Cask Series 002
Vintage
11.1986
Bottled
05.2017
Stated Age
30 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
84
Strength
52.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
09 Jul 2017 9:33 am by Torus
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 319.00

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76 × member ratings

45 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 1986 NSS

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.58 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2019] A quick review of a sample. This is a fine and very interesting old-style Traditional Scotch with a delicious taste that reminds me a little of great old Calvados. Dangerously quaffable...
    • Nose
      90 90
      The colour is pale gold and the nose offers a rich old-style profile with tons of vanilla-toffee aromas in a mead and apple vinegar dressing. Hey, this is bold and strange and ... interesting! It turns a little sour over time but additional spices and earthy aromas pep it up, again. Very unusual and maybe not the most delicate nose but very exciting to explore...
    • Taste
      92 92
      The taste is layered on all different kinds of apple flavours (calvados, cooked, fresh) complemented by exotic fruits that are hard to name. Hey, this is tasty and again very interesting to explore! It gets even sweeter over time but the spices and delicious herbal notes keep the balance. Water turns the dram smoother and fruitier but I like the power of the neat dram best.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The dram arrives a little hot in the mouth and coats it nicely with a creamy feeling and no distracting moments. The finish is of medium length and could be longer as it extends the beautiful taste with some spicier impressions that are highly welcomed after the rather sweet taste. No distracting moments here, all is fine.

  2. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Great reputation, and I can immediately see why. Fruity, but with depth and complexity. Banana pudding, creme brulee. Butter pecan. It's the thick, fudgey kind of sweetness that is so different from the artificial kind that a younger or an inferior bourbon cask puts out. Also a bit of mosquito incense and moth ball and Baygon insect spray?!? (woah, where did that come from? I haven't used Baygon spray in 30 years, and I still know exactly how it smells like.)
    • Taste
      Totally fresh. And yup, mothballs! A weird type of mothball-like fruitiness that actually works great!!! Menthol. Lemongrass/lychee cocktail. Also honey dew (lots), fresh red apples, Korean pears, lotus root, daikon -- just a bunch of white fruits and veggie (or root plant). High level malt.
    • Finish
      Reaches a high note and stays there for a while. Burp. Wait a minute, I just burped some coconut pudding, no joke.

      This is a tremendous older bourbon cask malt that can beat fair and square just about 99.9% of heavily sherried, manufactured stuff that lazy producers are bottling nowadays. 93, maybe 94 points.

      Addendum: this was so good, I finally won one from auction in early 2021. A rare bottling.

  3. sagara-kun scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Very nice bunnahabhain. Very different nose and mouth. It's very sweet.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Fairly meaty and smoky nose.
      Bacon, barbecue, black ash, smoke, tobacco, light lemon and orange, gingerbread.
    • Taste
      92 92
      In the mouth it is super pretty. Very nice tension.
      Mineral, citrus, wax, cold ash. All perfectly balanced.
      Lemon, tobacco, orange, citrus candy.
      It brings back to childhood.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long finish on orange, lemon, wood, sweet Smurfs. Super nice but a little sweet.

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 96 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      95 95

  5. tancerz11111 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    91.5 points
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  6. Gregorsky scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  7. whiskytornado scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  8. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Ash, herbs, candied citrus, green banana, toffee, vanilla, chinotto, very good

  9. DannyDram scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Very well balanced and full of character
    • Nose
      93 93
      Caramel, coconut, malt, honey, oak, stone fruits, waxy, citric. Very harmonious and pronounced intensity
    • Taste
      94 94
      Tobacco, caramel, wax, citric, woody, honey, fruity. Balanced, very nice texture, creamy, delicate, honey sweetness, full-bodied, pronounced aroma pressure.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Caramel, nutmeg, pepper, malty, woody, slightly salty. Long finish, very nice close reverberation.

  10. hans1971 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

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