Overall rating
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Calculated age
08 years old
1st Fill Sherry Hogsheads
326, 327 & 329
59.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
22 Aug 2017 7:14 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 59,00

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73 × member ratings

154 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 2009 GM

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.54 points

  1. schero scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Virgin Oak Finish
    10 years maximum
    Highlander or Speysider
    Deanston Virgin Oak Bunna? Where does this coconut note come from?
    • Nose
      Vanilla, fresh apple strudel, honey, orange marmalade, dry oak, increasingly more oak and more sweetness, eventually comes here, the coconut from the last sip
    • Taste
      Again honey and vanilla, directly very creamy and sweet, sourish oranges, already warming, pleasant and unripe oak spice
    • Finish
      Sweet wood, then a great coconut, oranges, freshly baked cake

  2. Blake or Mortimer? scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Serge V from Whiskyfun rated this bottle as follows :

    Bunnahabhain 2009/2017 (59%, Gordon & MacPhail, Cask Strength, 1st fill sherry hogsheads, casks # 326, 327, 329)   Young rocket fuel or not?... Colour: gold. Nose: ah, smoke, beach sand, sea breeze, burning menthol cigarette, patchouli, leather, camphor, dried kelp, Corsican citrons, lemon squash… So there’s a lot happening here, with a growing feeling of seaweed fire. With water: some kind of peat made out of million-year old mint leaves, plus crushed barley and lager. Some porridge! Mouth (neat): nuts! Someone smoked some limoncello, redistilled it, and bottled it as Bunnahabhain. Better than gin, eh. With water: well the smoke is almost gone, but the lemons are fighting back and the end result is fantastic. Finish: quite perfect, superbly zesty, with drops of cough syrup in the aftertaste. The kind that makes you want to catch a cough. Comments: at barely 50€, this is a strong contender to this month’s Favourites in the BFYB category.   SGP:464 - 89 points.

    My personal rate is at the same level, though I rated it 3 months earlier (take that, Mr. Valentin !). That's why I bought 5 bottles at that time.  I fully agree that the bang-for-your-buck is just great here.

    And I agree as well with Nollof : give it time. As often with Wine or Whisky : when taste pleasure seems to give below nose promises, some O2 will help a whole lot.

  3. dRambo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    The nose is king - charming, quite complex in terms of age and nice and bold
    • Nose
      creamy sweet butter toffee with a hint of roasted notes and a lot of vanilla, furniture polish, Werther's real cream candy, leather, tobacco, unspecific red berries - rather spicy sweet than red berry, chocolate banana
    • Taste
      sweet, spicy, subtle dark oak tones, teriyaki sauce, lovage, unami, quite oily, matured well for his age but with a few drops of water there is still a little bit of alcoholic brew, no acidity, nut mustache,
    • Finish
      sweet, strong, dry, oak, walnuts - medium long

  4. Nolloff scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Needs a lot of time to open up. I'd suggest to fill some of the whisky into another bottle and let it properly oxidize for quite some time. The end result is not far away from a cask strength version of the 12-year old OB. Definitely no sherry bomb despite being 1st fill, good whisky as is the somewhat underrated 12, good value for money in these crazy days.

  5. hans1971 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  6. MadScientist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur


    'Puts colourful hairs on your chest’

    N: Following on from another Balblair [1990 - blog], this is fairly raw. It can sometimes be a shock moving from sherry to bourbon, especially when also jumping from 46% to 59% abv. There’s a suggestion of peat or smoke here, but that’s not where the main story lies. We’ve a big salty hit with monkey nut shells, dried citrus-y/hessian cereals, clams & candy, gluten-free bread [certain brands], lightly smoked shortbread and various savoury [spelt/buckwheat-based] cakes, capped by an all-encompassing, abv-fuelled, oily cereal-spirit armlock.
    LAST 1/4 BOTTLE: A waxy citrus barley richness coupled with some woodiness - so there’s a resinous youthful maturity if that makes sense?

    T: Well, that’s beautiful barley sprit right there: strong, assured, firm, focused, confident,… and then steady as she goes into a mixed bag with a congealed element throughout. Time & water thicken things up a great deal. Deep cereal notes apply. There is too, a precociousness. With some push me-pull me action from three casks, it’s not an easy ride - well it is Bunna, and so it’s typically edgy all the way. Worth the commitment mind, but needs careful management.

    F: A light pepperiness, creamy/lemony/bourbon-y and a touch fresh with putrid dairy/aniseed - happily all compliant. Finishes on wafer & rice paper, vanilla-y < chalk, a light sweet milky porridge [I’m talking service station takeaway pots], and a somewhat ungainly, dry and wood-heavy putrid note that’s a struggle. I get a Smarties coating conclusion. everytime.

    C: A hardcore yet pleasing slugger that never lets up. Provisionally scores 86


    N: Potent, yeasty, pollen-y >> floral, biscuity/floury, resinous & salty, paper-y, savoury-sweet barley juice that will gladly comfort your cockles on a winters night, or a brisk English summer evening for that matter. Pleasing and varied.

    T: Some interesting plastic waxy notes have crept into the arrival over time, but the main story is still of a firmly assured, almost butyric barley juice base with a unique mixed bag layered on top - Bunnahabhain being the Ben Nevis of Islay don’t you know. Water doesn’t really touch the cereal, herbal barley ginger < aniseed-chilli mix - a little [chilli-barley] dry.

    F: Decent mouthfeel on the turn with a gradually rising peppery aniseed heat, this is one dram that never lets up. It remains solid, yeasty & resinous with creamy barley underneath metallic witch hazel. There’s more chilli-barley dryness once again with an undeniable sweet barley conclusion.

    C: I’ll push it one more mark given it continues to challenge whilst giving out at every turn - classic Bunna in that respect.

    Scores a B

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 87 points Moderator

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. dram-drinker scored this whisky 87 points Moderator

    Really not bad but very punchy, water helps
    • Nose
      Intense chocolate powder, milk and toffee, green apples, red currant, carambole, whiffs of smoke, hints of vanilla - not bad
    • Taste
      Punchy, oily, creamy, very nutty, wood notes, citrus fruits, toffee and chocolate again - very good

      With water: More maritime, salty, hints of seaweed - quite interesting
    • Finish
      Long and burning, zesty, more chocolate

  10. dRambo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84


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