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Bunnahabhain 18 Year Old

(70cl, 46.3%)

Bunnahabhain 18 Year Old
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Bunnahabhain 18 Bottling Note

In what will be seen as a positive move to whisky connoisseurs, Bunnahabhain have decided to bottle the 18 year old without chill-filtration and without colouring.

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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

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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Bunnahabhain 18 Year Old Reviews

Salted burnt toffee. Excellent dram.

I love peaty scotches, but coming back to this after a few months on the peat blew me away. Amazing depth of flavour that you can chew on while drifting off to sleep.

31st October 2020

Well worth your time

Excellent dram, the MOM notes are very, very accurate I think. I really like the Mouthfeel an complexity of this dram, it has multiple layers whilst being very approachable, a real quality scotch. I've had 4 different Bunna's over the past year or so and none have disappointed and all have hit a very high standard, this is another quality dram and probably my favorite out of the 12, toiteach a dha, and ceobanach (which is also a superb peated expression).

16th March 2020

Very fine scotch but quite variable over the years.

Just a word to all those wondering about "batch" variability, since it comes up here so often. I'm shocked that in the world of Scotch connoisseurs this is not common knowledge. Scotch is almost like wine, there are good vintages and bad. An 18yo bottled in 2015 would have been distilled in 1997. One bottled in 2018 is not going to be the same. Might be better or worse, or within the range of subjective preference. But its a different distillation, and DIFFERENT BARRELS. The distillery likely tries for consistency, but its not possible. And they might try to increase volume, or change other things, even try to improve the flavour, but all of these things will increase variation. Every bottle of Single Malt should be required IMHO to have the date of bottling.

23rd November 2019


Light earthy peat, I'm not getting massive sherry bomb notes. Its a wonderfully balanced sherry, mixed with coastal saltiness and nuts. Absolutely amazing

9th November 2019

Solid 18 yr.

About the 5th or 6th 18 yr old I tried in the past year or so, this is a solid choice for the price. Nice dark color if it is really not coloured... layers of complexity with just a slight touch of sea salt on the finish, would recommend.

29th June 2019

This is my default whisky, just love it

I compare all whiskies to this one, just a few (i have tasted) are equal or better.

8th May 2019


I can't stop reaching for this dram.

17th February 2019

Great single

Very nice single malt indeed. Fine nectar balanced with the spray o’ the sea.

16th December 2018

Super good liquid

This is definitely a great expression from a great distillery. When I first opened the bottle it was a bit sharp but less than 24 hours after opening the bottle it has vastly improved, and will continue to. Give this one some serious time. Don't be in a hurry to judge it. Very, very good.

15th December 2018

Batch variance issues

First bottle absolutely wonderful. Second bottle drinkable but no where near the balanced nectar like the first. Definite batch quality issues! I will probably go back again in hopes of finding a gem.

11th August 2018

Oustanding 18 year old Malt

Not sure why there are so many negative reviews, this is a fantastic 18yo dram at a good price. Perhaps there are some quality issues which I've been lucky not to be the victim of. Baked sweets, salt, and toffee on the nose. Light brine, some sea salt, and nuttiness emerging late in the game on the palate. A nice woodspice finish with a noticeable sherry presence. This is a cracking scotch at a decent price. If you liked the 12, the 18 is a must-have if you can stomach the price hike, as it's a more subtle and refined version of its younger sibling. I'll be sure to keep a bottle open and another in the cupboard as this is a whiskey I'll want to have on hand at all times.

15th March 2018

Scotch does not get any better. I've tried 55 different brands.

Tried it with a couple of ice cubes. Much impressed by the taste. Tried it neat. It is delicious. Like drinking Scottish honey. Unbelievably smooth for a 92.6 proof whiskey.

7th February 2018

Taste like Bourbon or bad batch

Tastes too much like Bourbon. Not enough peat. Very smooth but too close to bourbon Whiskey. I went back to the Toiteach un-chillfiltered Bunnahabhain.

3rd December 2017

That is all


20th October 2017

Great of the "most less-peated" Isla's.

If you love Isla whiskies, the Bunnahabain is the most less-peated whisky at all. It's probably the next polar of your Isla taste. Great extension of 12 Yo.

25th July 2017

Fantastic whisky. Well worth it.

Picked this up last month and opened it today. A luscious islay. Not that phenolic Laphroaig or salty mineral Ardbeg. Nose is simple with salted caramel, soft sherry hints. Palate is awesome. A bit more rounded with smoke, peat and a sheer lingering sherry finish. Not that bitter. A bit oily. But gorgeous whisky. Elegant. Enjoyable. Not roughened up. I do have almost all the islay (OB bottlings) and a lot of good IB like Malts of Scotland, Kingbury. This whisky from Bunnahabhain is awesome. Lacks intensity but a great whisky.

1st June 2017

Very bad whiskey

Got a bottle from london , and probably a bad batch variation or something, but the 12yo is much more good , very disappointing , poor taste and awe-full nose, for that price it is very very hurt. i know that the 12yo is so good, so probably a bad batch , beware of those, defiantly will not buy this again .

28th May 2017

Whats happened??

This is one of my favourites which I normally pick up from the distillery when visiting the island.
Christmas in a glass and great value, however I ordered some on line recently and I don't understand whats happened. It's almost as if it's not the same whiskey. That Christmas in a Glass moment is now a dim memory of the past and whats more frustrating is that I've been singing it's praises to my friends and fear that if they've bought the same batch as me they'll be wondering what the Heck I've been ranting about.

20th May 2017


After enjoying the younger offerings, I thought to give the 18 a try. I concur with the Nose, Palate, Finish with the Chaps at MOM! Overall? ...Well, ADD A DROP OF PURE WATER....And THAT will make it "OVERALL! ;)

17th May 2017

Bad experience

Got a bottle a few months back, and upon opening it discovered that it was truly awful (rancid, bitter, etc). Suspecting quality issues, I contact the distillery via email. Upon request, I sent them pictures of the cork, and they told me they suspected cork rot. They said they had undertaken a program to upgrade their cork quality and introduced more cork checks/inspections, but that my bottling date was from before these new improvements were in place (an older bottling).

They said they were unable to offer a replacement because of international shipping (alas, I had not purchased through MasterOfMalt).

Be careful with older bottlings and bad cork!

8th May 2017


NOT THE SAME SCOTCH AS BEFORE! I have been drinking Bunnahabhain-18 46.3% for few years now and it has been my favorite. Recently, the distributor dropped this item from Arizona. I was glad to find 2 bottles in California last month. But when I came home and opened one of them, it was NOTHING LIKE BEFORE. It tastes more like the 12 year old Bunnahabhain, at best! I sent 2 messages to Bunnahabhain and received no response. It is sad that my all time favorite scotch is no more.

19th April 2017

Price 20 pounds higher

Really good whisky, but a pity that MoM has increased the price with 20 pounds recently....

24th March 2017


I have had a bottle before wich was an amazing sherrybomb with good old oak influence. Bought another bottle here and it's hard to believe that it's the same whisky. It tastes NOTHING and I do mean it. A rancid bitter coca cola note is what I manage to pinpoint other than that it's like a bland blended. Won't be buying another one. Being a whiskycostumer is as unsafe as you can get cause more and more often it's like buying the "pig in the sack" as we say in sweden. You never know, if you loved the first bottle - don't expect too much if you buy another.

10th March 2017


Ive just gotten round to trying this, and it really is wonderful. It's rich with a thick with a great mouthfeel. After adding a little water and leaving for 10 mins it really opens up giving off a plethora of aromas that sherry bomb lovers will adore.

2nd March 2017

Bunnahabhain 18

Perfect ❤️

2nd December 2016

Very good

Very good whisky for a very good price at MoM.

11th November 2016


one of the best whiskies ever tasted! Just great to have and even greater to taste!

18th October 2016

Ms Mcgoffey

Sweeter than the younger blocks of peet off the truck with just enough sherry color and pure warmth to go down. I love it.

13th June 2016


It is amazing for the price.

13th June 2016

Love at first taste.

Just beautiful.

22nd May 2016

Happiness in a glass.

Decided to try something other than Johnnie Walker Blue Label for a celebration. My friends and I have found out new favorite Scotch.

18th May 2016

One of the best

Can't go wrong with this. One of the best!

25th April 2016

Simon Fishwick


17th March 2016

In comparison

In comparison to the 12 year bottle, I enjoyed the 18 less. It was very smooth,
But I missed some of the interesting notes of the 12 year. The 18 was a little muted. The 18 was a sample.

25th February 2016

Magnificent surprise

A scotch drinker for the past 40+ years, I have long favored the more "chewy" full-bodied Islay single malts. I had never heard of Bunnahabhain 18, however, until receiving it as a magnificently surprising gift. An early afternoon sip (just to see if it was any good) left a most welcome, mellow yet full-bodied aftertaste that was still present hours later. I recommend it to anyone who appreciates full-bodied Islay scotch.

6th February 2016


How can it get better than this?

Obviously personal taste is the final arbiter but this is rich, mellow, tarry, oaky, balsam for the mouth. I have over 60 whiskies in my collection including greats from Highland Park, Arran, Talisker, Oban, The Macallan, The Glenlivet, Caol Ila, Bruichladdich,........I could go on. What a whisky. I am going back to my supplier on Monday and will buy his entire stock. I never want to be without this fabulous taste as long as I live. I don't care about the price.

30th January 2016

1st bottle

just been gifted a bottle of this...I could never afford it normally. I spent half the night sniffing it and the other half sipping it and marvelling at the complexity of the taste...heaven in a glass for sure. spice, toffee, sherry and an assortment of other flavours that combine to make me wish I was wealthier.

23rd January 2016

I love this whisky

Honestly, this is my favorite whisky that I have tried from Islay or anywhere really, its just easy to like. Doesn't matter how you drink it, it's superb, but I love it on the rocks, small sips, and let it linger, the flavor evolves nicely as it warms on the palette. It's not a challenging whisky, just a very pleasant one.

22nd October 2015

Simply incredible

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

Perhaps the finest whisky I have ever tasted , especially as it was a completely unexpected , and unlooked for gift . I Many , many thanks . Angus Cameron MacKay Condy , II. In Kirkliston , Scotland .

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

A Must-Have!

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

Impressive; good value

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 .

23rd February 2015

My 2nd bottle of 18 year old Scotch

Very little salty. A bit spicy finishing

11th January 2015

Lovely, full, spicy fruit

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'bunadh

And 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

A quality Islay Malt

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



7th November 2014

Amazing !!!

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, spicy
Overall-very complex whisky. Sugar,spice and smoke. You'll have a craving for more.

4th November 2014

salty salty salty

i felt the drink with high sodium..
Could not bear salt i taste

18th January 2014

Smooth and salty

This whiky has incredible nose, red fruits, magnificent Oloroso notes, so fruity
Mouth : 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

IFLWhisky Review

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

Think you're a bourbon drinker and don't like Scotch? THINK AGAIN!

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

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