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Islay Single Malt 13 to 20 Years - 2015
World Whiskies Awards
Islay 13-18 years old - 2015
The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)
Islay Single Malt 13 to 20 Years - 2014
Islay 13-18 years old - 2014
Scotch Single Malt - Islay - 2014
International Wine & Spirit Competition
Single Malt Scotch - 13 to 19 Yrs - 2013
San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Islay 13-18 years old - 2013
Scotch Single Malt - Islay - 2013
Nose: Salted caramel leading to sticky toffee pudding sprinkled with nutmeg. With time a leathery quality emerges.
Palate: Dense, rich sherried notes perked up with a coastal saltiness. On a second wave roast chestnuts emerge and gentle wood spice.
Finish: Woodspice becomes mixed spice. The finish is warming and lengthy; salt and sherry towards the very end.
Overall: Bunnahabhain without chill-filtration is dense and oily and shows off its sherried credentials with ease.
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As a Scotch Whisky collector and enthusiast that has a large collection to taste from, this is simply incredible. The notes in the description are spot on. This whisky should be a science experiment "how did they make such an incredible whisky" and try to identify what is going so right here!
30th June 2015
Elegant and delicious. A cozy night cap enjoyed by both male and female. I recommend this scotch highly.
21st June 2015
During my life - time , I have "sampled" many "in" whiskies , but I have never tasted the like of Bunnahabhain 18 - year - old . I am after another bottle , in a few moments . Angus Cameron MacKay Condy . II. A.C.M.C. II. 1232/Wed/27/05/2015.
27th May 2015
This treasure from Bunnahabhain is a must-have! There's a beautiful balance of salt and sherry. A neat pour gives a nose of bread pudding, wet seaweed, white chocolate, sea salt and caramel. The palate is velvety smooth, lending pleasant caramel and maritime flavors that trail into a delightful finish of wood and a hint of salt. Consider this as Bunnahabhain 12's older, more experienced sister.Obviously the longer it sits in the cask, the more flavors it will impart. Those who haven't tried it and are concerned about the saltiness, remember this comes from a distillery at the waters edge on an island that's constantly enduring high winds, rough seas and salt spray. When you're drinking this dram, you're experiencing every moment of every minute of every hour of every day of each year this sat building character. If you're not familiar with Islay, you'll soon find that Bunnahabhain is the exception to the rule. Even if maritime notes aren't typically your fancy, I'd urge you to sample a dram of this from the chaps at Master of Malt! It will change your mind.
24th February 2015
Very good non-chill-filtered sherried scotch. Agree with the previous review that it has notes of A'bunadh (when brought down to the same ABV). But definitely more mature than the A'bunadh, so less "rubbing alcohol" there. For sherried, I'd absolutely pay this price for the 18 vs. double that for the Macallan. I'd like to taste-test this against the 15 Sherry Cask from Balvenie but I don't have one on hand.
23rd February 2015
Smoky , peaty, complexity works in progression , finishes with a subtle floral fragrance on the upper palette . Reminded me of the fireworks in the summer nights of English Bay , before you could look into the exploding spectrum of aura , it dissipates in the hazy skies .
Very little salty. A bit spicy finishing
11th January 2015
Really full and lovely stuff - sherry on the nose, deep fruit and slight smoke on the palate and long slightly spicy finish. Much to enjoy and you will be rewarded. Reminded me very much of Aberlour A'bunadhAnd just a note on the standard of some of the reviewers on other pages here. Arguing over someone else's review on the Internet must surely rank as one of the more pointless human activities. It's sad and disturbing that some reviewers have a fascist bullying mentality that states theirs is the only opinion of worth. No one has the right to jackboot over anyone else's opinions- that's the stuff of extremism and totalitarian dictatorships - and anyone who parts with their cool hard cash for whisky buys the right to express exactly what they think of it, and decide exactly how they drink it. More love and tolerance please; less chauvinism and hubris.
7th January 2015
Having tried many Islay malts this was the first from Bunnahabhain.The 18 year old is a quality single malt, roasted nuts with a touch of sweet sherry. I did not taste any salt but this has a long finish with complexity.Well worth the price.
4th January 2015
FIRST OF ALL THE DISTILLERY IS IN BAD CONDITION AND NEEDS HELP.SECOND THE CASK BEING USED ARE VERY OLD SIX AND SEVEN REFILLS.THAT SAID THEY DO MAKE A GOOD TASTING SINGLE MALT I LOVE THE 12YR.THE NEW OWNERS NOT BURN STEWART NEED TO SINK SOME BIG CHANGE INTO THE RECONDITIONING OF THIS POORLY KEPT DISTILLERY.
7th November 2014
My 1st sip was lets say challenging, but the more you drink the more enticing this dram becomes. Its so unique, so special. TRY IT !! 5 STARS
6th November 2014
One of the most underrated drams out there.Nose- Buttery caramel, oak, cream, ocean breeze.Palate-caramel, oak, spice, Demerara sugar and sea salt.Finish- long, smoky,sugary, spicyOverall-very complex whisky. Sugar,spice and smoke. You'll have a craving for more.
4th November 2014
i felt the drink with high sodium.. Could not bear salt i taste
18th January 2014
This whiky has incredible nose, red fruits, magnificent Oloroso notes, so fruityMouth : Oak at first, and saltiness. Now give it A drop of water, and Time to open, complexity appears.Now there's à real consistency and balance is perfect. The mouth becomes very interesting and quite straight.Finish is quite long.This is an amazing piece of malt, without ppm, but à real temper.
15th December 2013
This is our first dive into a Bunnahabhain...and noses first! One’s schnoz can easily pick out the ideals of the distillery; delicately floral with a cold musty intrigue. But still, behind that mask of pretty there lies some of the muscle of Islay, leather outweighs peat considerably but it’s warming to the heart to know where the roots of the spirit lay. A touch of sweetness in a caramel sort of way, mixed with toasted peaches and into our salivating holes she glides.Glides is a little off cue...the way this golden goodness meanders about the mouth is the way a hot air balloon moves, floating and swaying with a mind of its own. It practically evaporates off the tongue and massages the roof of the tasting orifice. Dried fruit of raisins and sultanas, a hint of calvados and not shy of a peppery persuasion. Some soft tannin’s are enjoyable, as is trying to pin down the evolving salt that washes to and fro like seaweed stuck in flotsam. Oak, certainly oak, but drizzled with soy sauce. There is an oily quality that seduces the gums and jaw into chewing for what seems like a numbing eternity. A sensational mouth-feel, solidly built with plenty of contrasting characters.Round and round this siren sings, songs of effervescence and calm ocean waters. With an ending of copper...the metallic kind that numbs and sparkles; we have discovered a delicious dram from a distillery we shall see again. Certainly worth a dip, but you might not stay anchored too long; for there are bigger creatures to hunt from the shores of Islay.
27th April 2013
Vanilla and cookie dough dominate the front, and then a move towards biscuit and red berries, finishing with a light maritime character (brine). Pretty amazing stuff.
27th March 2013
A friend's mom brought this back to the states as a housewarming gift. We are bourbon drinkers, not all that fond of scotch, so opened this up with a porch full of people to share. BIG mistake! This Scotch is so smooth, sultry and delectable we were kicking ourselves when the bottle was empty, and found out we couldn't find it anywhere in CA. If you want to enjoy something spectacular, treat yourself to a bottle of this. You will not be disappointed ... prepared to call yourself a true Scotch drinker!
27th September 2012