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Bunnahabhain Cruach Mhòna

(100cl, 50%)

Bunnahabhain Cruach Mhòna
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Bunnahabhain Cruach Mhòna Bottling Note

Cruach Mhóna is gaelic for a pile of drying peat bricks and follows on from Toiteach (gaelic for smoky) as a peaty offering from Bunnahabhain. Although Islay is famed for its peat, Bunnahabhain's spirit is unpeated (this being an exception that proves the rule).

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Peat and vanilla, creosote, dried herbs, harbour rope, sweet biscuits and orchard fruit.

Palate: Sweet and smoky, lemon, salt and pepper. Beneath there's oak and malt and hints of sand dune.

Finish: More sweet smoke and citrus.

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Bunnahabhain Cruach Mhòna Reviews

Demonstrates that higher ABV can support the youth of a NAS

Nose: There is a peat bog putridness to this that is substantial.

Palate: There is a sherbet reaction on the tongue that has haunts of dark liquiouse on the roof.

After: The palate carries and its not an unwelcome continuation.

5th July 2020

Very clean peated whisky

Tuath glass showing tawny to subdued mahogany. The nose shows pronounced notes of peated malt and lightly charred wood. The palate is peat forward with very little alcoholic heat. Surprisingly smooth for a peated malt. Very clean and

28th April 2020

Beautifully rich and beautifully rounded peaty islay whisky!

I was lucky enough to be able to taste this whisky at the airport duty free, looking for a special whisky for my whisky loving father - I've picked up the same trait. This whisky is an absolute beauty! Dad will need to settle for a photo until we come out of lock down. I have absolutely no doubt he will very pleased to see me when we can next meet!

29th March 2020



10th November 2019


Pleated bunnahabhain is always amazing, they need to do more and some age statement pleated whisky in their standard range. Briny, salt and wood smoke with sweet dried fruit.

7th October 2019

If only they sold this in the US

Such a refreshing find since US Islay options seem to be limited to the same bottles: (Laphroig, Lagavulin, Ardberg...all great but after a while you wish for a new options). Tried this in a London duty free store just fantastic. Right amount of smoke and so good

28th June 2019

Seaside bonfire under a starry sky

Smokey Islay, salty and mouthfilling, touch of sea spray and wonderful dry oak tones. A great find.

Tastes like a seaside bonfire on a warm night, a perfect match for a lazy evening of contemplating life... Then again, Islay whiskys always make me feel like life is good.

24th May 2019

Fantastic find

Absolutely fantastic.

3rd February 2019

A great discocery

Previous posts summ it up. A powerful long lasting balanced moment of pleasure. No water needed.

13th June 2018

Pleasant and Powerful

Pleasant but powerful peat smoke, malty vanilla with a whiff of root beer (!). Smooth and sweet, no water needed for me. Long and pleasantly smoky finish with peat sweetness.

5th January 2018

Unpeated or not, Bunna' rarely fails

In addition to the superb 12, 18 and 25 (although 18 is much better than 26, IMHO), I have also tasted two of Bunnahabhain's peated expressions: the Ceobanach and Cruach Mhòna. And both are absolutely great. Ceobanach is a bit lighter and paler than Cruach Mhòna. The latter feels a bit more full-bodied and more towards dried fruits, perhaps a sherry cask included in the process? The balance between sweetness and peat in Cruach Mhòna is absolutely great. It hasn't anything eccentric about it (e.g. as in some of Laphroaig's expressions), but just good old straight perfection of balance between different notes. And peat lovers, don't worry, there's plenty here. You don't need to worry that the usually non-peated Bunnahabhain have been modest here. They haven't.

15th August 2017

Finish is superb leaving you craving more.

Unlike lots of other single malts, the color are paler. The taste is as good as or better than most known branded whiskies. Complex, peat notes are pleasantly present but not overpowering. Lite smoke, fruity caramel roll with an awesome finish making you want more!!!
For the price, I stash a few for my regular enjoyment!!!
Five stars well deserved!!!

27th July 2017


Picked up a liter of this duty free on my way home from Scotland earlier this month and it is incredible. Reminds me a lot of Lagavulin 16 actually lots of black tea and tobacco smoke with sea salt.Good and oaky too with some citrus but not too sweet. This is one of my favorite things I have ever tried this is exactly the style of Scotch whisky I love.Bought this partially because of the ratings on here and it did not disappoint this is outstanding buy it if you can. Cheers! The Sugarbear

21st April 2017

Excellent addition to any collection of SMS whiskies.

Purchased this blind, on a whim, while in St. Maarten, having tasted Bunnahabhain "Toiteach" not long beforehand. What a happy accident this turned out to be. Delightful, neat or with a dollop of water.

22nd February 2017

Complex, delicious!

I do really enjoy Moiné but this is worth the extra money! (almost at least, that's why it only for 4 stars)

17th December 2016

Good dram

Deliciously smoky and rich. A bit marine salty. Fruity and hint of lemon. Biscuits.
Spicy in the finish.
Beats the he#@ out of Eirigh Na Greine.
Good value for money.

30th June 2016

Quite by accident

I wouldn't have thought to try this one as I don't normally like Smoky (it was sent by accident in a samples pack ) as sometimes smoky peaty types can taste too medicinal , but this one is excellent sweet and smoky and a bit fruity and quite strong . I'll remember this one 10/10

18th April 2016

Fantastically balanced whisky!!!

Bought this whisky as I am a fan of Islay whiskies and was not disappointed. It is a little harsh before adding water however at 50% this was not unexpected. After adding water it really opened up and is a beautifully balanced peaty yet smooth whisky. Would definitely recommend!

13th March 2016

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