Bunnahabhain 18 Year Old

Bunnahabhain 18 Year Old

(0.75l, 43%)

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Bunnahabhain Scotch Single Malt 18 Year is a Cinderella story if there ever was one … lightly peated and delicate, complex and refined, it is a must for every whisky-loving prince.  

Bunnahabhain distillery was constructed in 1881 by the Greenlees brothers, and first opened its doors in 1883. It's located on the island of Islay, with 11 employees and four massive stills – among the biggest in the industry, alongside Glenmorangie.

In this tale, the part of Prince Charming is played by Ian MacMillan. Ian is the Master Distiller for the Scotch Whisky arm of Distell Group, who own the Bunnahabhain distillery. Under Ian’s guidance, Bunnahabhain has transformed itself from a production-focused distillery to a quality-focused one. These days, chill-filtering is taboo, and so is coloring or anything else artificial. 
Cinderella is the Whisky itself. Bunnahabhain is rising from obscurity in a forgotten corner of Islay. And this little beauty cleans up good. Lightly peated, beautifully aged in sherry butts, and ready for her premier at the ball in a glass slipper … or a glass snifter which would likely be a better choice. If you are a fan of Islay Whisky, this one is your ticket to happily-ever-after. 
SmartAss Corner
In “Islay Gaelic,” Bunnahabhain means “mouth of the river.” And indeed, Bunnahabhain sits at the mouth of the Margadale River, whose source is a spring that provides the water for the Whisky.
  • Category
  • Style
    Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Region
  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Alcohol
  • Distillery
  • Age
    18 Year Old

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sherry bomb
dried fruits
orange peel
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Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most single malts are matured longer).

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Dark amber. 
Nose / Aroma / Smell
Honeyed nuts, sherry, a bit of a salty tang and a hint of smoke and spice.
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Soft, sherried oak, cherry pipe smoke, and a hint of orange toffee … complex and refined.
Dry, spice, and a lingering sherry perfume. 

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Ratings & Reviews
I would get lost in the snow if I thought a Saint Bernard might have a flask of 18 year old Bunnahabain around it's neck! Such a flow of warmth through out my body. Among my top 5 favorite
Bunnahabhain 12 is my personal favorite scotch, and the 18-year is exactly what I expected from the extra-matured spirit. The sherry influence is much more prominent, while the caramel and coastal influences are more rounded that its younger counterpart, with less of a bitter and salty smokiness on the finish. The oaky tannins from the extra maturation make it a much drier dram, but overall I find it a much less assertive scotch than the 12-year. I’ve come to realize that the complexities of Bunnahabhain‘s core range belies the ages that are put on the bottles. Truly excellent stuff.
This is a delicious whiskey. This isn't your typical Idlay and goes against the grain of what you might come to expect from the islands. It has a slight hint of citrus with it's healthy dose of smoke of what you might expect from an Idlay, but then transitions to a delicious earthy flavor with a nice balance of sweets and spices. If you are looking to get into Islay's or Islands scotch but find them too Smokey or salty, this is the perfect foot in the door. The price is somewhat steep I know, but I found it to be worth every penny and even bought 2.
My fav scotch. The smoothest I’ve tasted, sweet, mmm.
nose: salted caramel, seaweed, iodine, minor peat; nose opens up with time palate: oily, sherry notes and a little vanilla finish: lots of sherry, nutty, mixed with smoke and peat, long finish overall: deceptively good. the nose is 2 dimensional but the palate explodes with flavor and balanced notes. very enjoyable
The 18 year is the pinnacle whisky, hands down. It’s smooth while still retaining some spice and boldness.
Always question if the price is worth it. In this case it surely was!
Nice complex sweet taste. Would be better without the salty finish.
What's not to love?
Fabulous, complex flavour but sooooooo smoooooth and tasty
Lovely smooth sweet flavor with a pleasant mouth feel, almost run-like.
Absolutely love it, not alway fond of Sherry but this is well balanced with a touch of smoke and a long finish. Will be one my favorites.
Smooth , tasty, amazing
One of my favorites, I always have a bottle in the cellar.
Very pleasant with a mellow finish. Right there with the best of them if you are not looking for a peated malt.
I believe in the coveted group of select single malts & the very fine select group of single-malts plus full bodied whiskeys hmm . All of these exquisit selections is what makes you want to sit back & put your feet up and slowly sip the evening away..
Sherry, dark chocolate, brine, light smoke. An incredible single malt. After dinner with a $15 cigar = heaven
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