Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Enthralling pink and peat intensity
Stated Age
10 years old
1st Fill Ex-Port Barrique
Number of bottles
60.6 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
03 aug 2017 8:35 am by FernetBranco
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 69.78

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23 × member ratings

39 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 2006 SMWS 10.118

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.62 points

  1. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    a really rough board, I would not have expected so from the Society. Smoke, salt, meat and fruit in intensive form.
    • Nose
      Pure: the Wild Peated Bunna notes are the answer: Immediate smoky, massive board of salt and sea spray. Above is a greasy, sweet-fleshy fruit note of burnt raspberry jelly. Very tasty, but also quite young. With water more fruit comes through, becomes even sweeter.
    • Taste
      Pure: powerful, slightly sharp start. Smoke immediately there, but at the same time also heavy caramel sweetness, chicken drumsticks with skin, dipped in BBQ sauce, with salted chips. Violent, but cool. With water: barely tampering the part, it is now peppery spicy, as if the dish had been spiced with chilli.
    • Finish
      medium long, salty, greasy, evil

  2. malthead-sven scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    a pretty bulky Bunna, who latently notes that he was not the full maturity in a fresh port barrel, it seems a little bit set-up. On the right strength diluted but always a delicious drop
    • Nose
      Powerful from the beginning, cranberry juice, raisin bread, after the much needed addition of water then floral, cereal and smoke, like a burnt toast coated with forest fruit jam
    • Taste
      very strong onset, less smoke than expected, must be diluted, then more pleasant with raisins
    • Finish
      medium and warm, the dark-fruity note comes out with mint again

  3. FernetBranco scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A Bunnahabhain, as you can not imagine ...
    I opened the bottle very fresh and poured the first dram. The first impression: "Trabant".
    Holla ... can that be? Again, nose in and actually: I smell the two-stroke! GsD also comes a little bit behind it (Turkish honey, cotton candy, rose petals, plum ...)
    On the palate, the exact image of what you already had in the nose. But even here, the smoke is only superficial and the flavors of the second "attack series" determine the picture. Very unusual, but apparently the Port Barrique has to oppose the dominance of the smoke. The finish is powerful but also short. No matter! This suits this, outrageous SMWS Bunnahabhain: "I'm here ... but you also have to want me!"
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      84 84

  4. Macheye scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    10.118 is pretty absorbing stuff from the get go. Wine finishes are not easy to judge, but this one has been pulled off very well indeed. The dram has taken on a lovely pink hue and yet that cask influence never feels overwrought here. Given the 60.6% ABV there’s certainly scope to play around with the addition of water (which dials up the red fruit prominence a notch), but likewise, this is worrying drinkable in its natural state. If you’re visiting an SMWS bar in the near future seek it out – it’s well worth your time.

    • Nose
      A real melting pot of fruits and dirty peat going on here – both sweet and smoky. Red berries and tart grapefruit are played off against oily machine-like murky smoke. There's more than a whiff of maritime, with iodine and kippers providing a fairly medicinal and coastal punch of peating. Spicing is already prominent with peppercorns (not pink ones, that would be far too convenient) and some earthy vegetation which reminds me of damp autumn leaves. Well balanced and indeed enthralling.
    • Taste
      An oily and rich mouthfeel with sweetness coming through first. A great delivery at 60.6% which doesn’t feel overly hot. The port finish is obvious but not overdone – raspberries, cranberry sauce, figs with some underlying nuttiness. Lively stuff which pairs surprisingly well with the exceptionally ashy and dirty peating present here. Spicing is once again present throughout and favours pepper with a hint of cinnamon and cloves.
    • Finish
      Long in length, peppery and drying with some real bite.

  5. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur


    N: The 1st-fill Port Barrique finish gives this whisky the colour of Zinfandel with amber, or a rusty, dusky salmon sunset [Ashley]. Noses of fruity peat and is so big, creamy and brash, im not sure whether anything else has a chance to shine.
    T: The two lead stars monopolise the screen time.
    F: Fruit<smoke.
    C: Remember Benriach Heredotus? This works, but i wouldn’t want a bottle.Scores a C[-]

  6. mandragoru did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS tasting notes:

    The colour, a red blush like a rose wine, was aptly followed by sweet and fruity aromas of raspberry smoked maple jam, red candied apples and pink candyfloss. Hot, smoky and ashy on the palate like applewood smoked chicken with Dijon rub as well as pancakes with maple syrup and bacon. With water it felt like being in a small smoky cottage eating exotic dishes like smoked plum and nectarine ice cream and macarons with a raspberry ganache whilst drinking a glass of smoky, refreshingly crisp mineralic Riesling rose wine. After nine years in an ex-bourbon hogshead, we transferred this whisky directly into a 1st fill Port barrique for the remainder of its maturation.


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