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Bunnahabhain Stiùireadair

(70cl, 46.3%)

Bunnahabhain Stiùireadair

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Bunnahabhain Stiùireadair Bottling Note

Bunnahabhain's Stiùireadair single malt pays homage to the distillery's shoreline on the north-east coast of Islay. They used whisky matured in first and second fill Sherry casks, with a leaning towards deliciously coastal malt.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Brine, toasted sugar and caramel-drizzled raisins.

Palate: Honey-roasted nuts, cinnamon and clove, with a touch of salt sea too.

Finish: Sherried peels and chilli-chocolate.

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Bunnahabhain Stiùireadair Reviews


Paint stripper comes to mind, i shall use it for liquer coffee.
The cap came off the stopper, would not buy again.

26th November 2020

For £25 it will do me

Have had it twice. Its a lovely malt tastes of the sea compares with the 12 yr old and you can pick it up at a good price

22nd November 2020

Great house whisky

Really nice, you get the sea taste coming through. Nice price for a house whiskey.

30th October 2020

Wonderful affordable non-peated Islay single malt

Love it. Had been buying the Bunnahabhain 12 year but price has really shot up so I tried this less pricey NAS offering. I enjoy it very much and find that is very similar, particularly on the palate, to the 12 year.

21st October 2020

Try It, you may be pleasantly surprised.

Had this several times now and was Initially a bit underwhelmed. To be fair, It’s a very different animal from Its big brother and they they don’t really bear comparison and that I think Is where my mistake lay. Picked up a couple of bottles today and am really rather glad I did (on offer in a well known supermarket for twenty five quid), this Is by far the best batch Ive tried. Sweet with a very heavy sherry nose and pallet, it really opens up with water and will stand quite a lot. I do wonder if the boys have listened to previous criticism and stepped up. The cask engagement seems far better and I suspect some superior casks have been used. The caveat Is that I probably wouldn’t buy it at full price unless choice was limited, but at twenty five pounds It was a bit of a bargain.

29th September 2020

Chocolate raisins

Spot on with the MoM tasting notes, a very nice sherry cask whisky that's a real bargain if you can get it for a bit less than the rrp which feels a bit steep. Its not super complex but it is very rich, satisfying and drinkable.

25th September 2020

A fine dessert whisky

The sherry casks really do a number on this whisky. This won't be to everyone's taste but I liked it a lot. The merest drop of water opens it up nicely bringing out a puddingy dried fruit flavour. As Islay malts go this is very different, but that's no bad thing. No age statement - no problem.

25th September 2020

Great dram

I really enjoyed this dram. I'm the sort of fellow who loves smokey Islay malts, but this one hits the spot.

1st September 2020

Just avoid and go for the 12yr.

From nose to finish this bunna is not right for me. The palate is a mishmash of young spirit, peppery notes throughout. Some sherry and brine. Caramel and savoury notes. No balance. Finish is almost nonexistent. Far far inferior to the 12 and the toiteach dda. 75pts

29th August 2020

Nice malt

Yes really liked this malt. Thought the tastes coming through were excellent. Love Bunnahabhain malts.

9th August 2020

Its a very nice dram

interestingly i tried this a while back from a new bottle; my first of this Stiùireadair, or helmsman. I have to say I wasn't impressed and put the bottle back on shelf, vowing to give it to someone. It wasnt bad, just lacked cohesion.
Anyway having retried, I have to admit I was wrong. Its a very nice dram; maybe the air in bottle helped, or maybe it was me, but now nose was full of dried fruit and mouth with again fruit and cinnamon etc. on retry i will give it 4, and to anyone who didnt like it before, try it again folks.

4th August 2020

More mature ones may be better.

Argh ! No way. The saddest scotch malt I've ever tasted, need to find something to mix this with just finish the bottle. Aldi sell a cheap islay that puts this to shame.

21st July 2020

Not a Bunnahabhain 12 yo (read on)

I like this a lot. I am not comparing this to the Bunnahabhain 12 yo as it is not a Bunnahabhain 12 yo, but stands out on it's own merits. I would guess on a blind tasting this would equal or, shock horror, surpass the 12 yo. I am all for distillery's putting out variations as I love to try new Whisky's and although I have my favorite staples you never know when another will replace them. I just wish people would judge them on what they are and for £26 what's not to like!

5th July 2020

A great malt moreish

I brought one at Christmas they Usually have one glass and I take the rest home thy drank the whole bottle loved it

22nd June 2020


Top class

17th June 2020

10 out off 10


12th June 2020

It's not the 12yr, nor should it be. It stands alone

While the 12yr has been my go-to, I decided to try this one and I am incredibly impressed and plan on making this a staple. Great for kicking back (like every scotch) and letting the day sink away, its smooth and flavorful body flows with a subtle sting of sweetness at the finish.

11th May 2020

Nice, fresh, and easy to drink.

I tried a glass of this at my dad's, and wasn't expecting much. I was pleasantly surprised. I'd never tried Bunnahabhain before; I'm normally more of a Glendronach/Aberlour drinker, but this one was such a nice everyday drop that I decided to get a bottle. Perfect for sitting in the garden watching the evening clouds roll by. I liked it so much I've decided to try the Bunnahabhain 12 and perhaps some of the other offerings.

9th May 2020

Meets expectations

Another Bunna to add to the shelf. Tasty on all fronts, can’t say that one stands out. Like a sixth-man coming off the bench, or a Leatherman....but I digress.

6th May 2020

Oh no, now Bunnahabhain 😢

Bunnahabhain has long been my favourite distillery, but I’m disappointed with this. Some whiskies are good at a young age. Bunna is not. It’s almost unrecognisable as Bunnahabhain.

7th March 2020

It's smooooth with great after flavours

It's smooooth with great after flavours, I got the salt, the sherry but I also got hint of honey and a fruity after taste. Unfortunately my wife liked it so it got finished too quickly. But as in everything it is subjective and all down to individual taste certainly worth a try.

26th February 2020

5 star

This is a dram among drams absolutely superb an old fashioned dram with a new take

31st January 2020

Not the best

Caught the caramel, not much else. The twelve year old is much better. Drinkable no real flavors.

20th December 2019


Not as good as 12 but still rather pleasant to savour and nice nutty flavours throughout.Total bargain for £26.

28th November 2019

For fans looking for something a bit challenging from Bunnahabhain at a dirt cheap price.

I can see why fans are divided over this one. It doesn't have the sweetness or strong 'salty' maritime quality that other Bunna's are famous for. Nor is it a sherry bomb despite being aged in 1st and 2nd fill sherry casks. What it does have is white pepper and a light clean earthy quality with a bit of lime rind on the nose, yet caramel and just a hint of coastal breeze on the taste, oh and chilli pepper (but not in an aggressive way). Complex but not as broadly appealing as usual for this distillery.

9th October 2019

Please bring back the 12 year old

The Bunnahabhain 12 year old was my favourite whisky. Since this new one was brought out, I can't seem to find it anywhere. I bought a bottle of the Stiùireadair & to be frank it doesn't even come close. I have now switched to Bowmore 12 year old. Such a shame : even my wife who is not a whisky drinker liked the old Bunnahabhain.

3rd August 2019

No Golden Cork for me, I'll settle for this dram

I've partaken of more than a few malts in my time and I've often wondered where those doing the tasting notes get their ideas from! This one does it for me, though! I can't find the salt in the smell or taste. OK, maybe a little now in the aftertaste, but all the other stuff the Chaps at Master of Malt said is in there! Toasted sugar and caramel, spices, sherried peel and chilli chocolate!

11th July 2019


I was after the Bunny 12 but it wasn't in stock at my local supermarket but they had this in on offer at £26 so I took a punt. So glad I did, absolutely delicious and dangerously quaffable. I compared it to a bottle of Lagavulin 16 that I currently have open and this came out on top regardless of the price consideration.

7th June 2019

Poor introduction to the distillery

This reminded me of Speyburn 10 which isn’t exactly a good thing. Young and poor cask whisky go into this in my opinion. You’re much better going for the standard 12 year old which to me, is a much better representation of what the distillery can produce (and can be had for less than this from from a certain supermarket beginning with W). Some reviews mention the lack of peat, which shouldn’t come as surprise as Bunnahabhain is known as the Islay distillery that produces predominantly unpeated Whisky!

19th April 2019

Not Bunnahabhains best effort.

Bought this from my local Morrisons on special offer at £26. The nose is a little disconcerting, very like my experience with Glenrothes select. I found a predominant aroma of vulcanised rubber. I have to admit that I was surprised. The foretaste was very like my 18yo Dalmore, which to be honest, I am not a huge fan of. Very fierce and oily. Not altogether unpleasant, but not great either. The aftertaste was sweet and rich in caramel which was more Speyside than Islay for me. The lack of peat and smoke left me a little disappointed; not what I'd have expected from one of my favourite Islay distilleries. Interesting is probably the kindest description I could apply. After two reasonable drams, I found the oiliness causing my mouth to feel "coated", but unfortunately, not in the pleasant way.

8th February 2019

A star Bunnerhabhaim

Pretty pretty good
Plenty of flavour and excellent value. Mine cost £26 so what’s there not to like. The sherry notes and higher peat value pack in more complexity than the standard 12 year old that has lost its charm in recent bottlings.

2nd February 2019

Not for me.

Just don't get this whisky at all, overwhelming taste of raisin, figs and caramel, becomes a little sickly after a while.

18th January 2019

Okay, nothing special :/

I find this hard to enjoy.. boring whiskey with taste of halm, some wuird sweet taste and a good splash of salt.. I like the salty part but there's so many better whiskies at this price range.

23rd October 2018

More sherry than the 12 year old. Fantastic

On first tasting it is like what the 12 year old used to be 2 year's ago. It has the rich first fill sherry that I fell in love with in a bunnahabhain and it does have a very slight salty brine to it in the background. Excellent dram for the price. And apart from an age statement, it ticks all the boxes (46.3%abv, non chill filtered and natural colour)

7th October 2018

A very nice Whisky.

Ok - no notes on flavour - simply a comment. At a recent blind Whisky Tasting - from 6 ‘Good’ Whiskies Bunnahabhain Stiuireadair was voted unanimously to be the best. Give it a try !

14th September 2018

Very easy to enjoy

Delicious. Sweet, dried fruit, creamy. Christmas spices. Quite like a cognac in a way. Rounded finish rolls on and on.

21st July 2018

Great value for money

Nice Bunna for ridiculous money... bargain. First impression, diluted 12yo but give it some time to open up. Apart of obvious cherry palette there’s sweetness, damp earthy notes, nuts and plums. Amazing long fruity finish with some complexity, again great value for money!

13th June 2018

Bunnahabhain 12 is better

Very tasty whisky, but for almost the same price you can get the Bunnahabhain 12 with more full body.

23rd January 2018

Good value expression!

I picked this up after feeling peated out on my trip to Islay. It's just sweet and aromatic enough, but clearly a little fire in the middle and softish raisiny finish. Good value!

29th August 2017

Superb quality for the money

Bunnahabhain is one of my favorite distillers and I've had quite a few sherried expressions in the past which I liked, their peated stuff is what I really like and this peated/sherried expression really hits home.
My only disappointment is it's a NAS.

27th August 2017

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