BUNNAHABHAIN 1989 AGED 27 YEARS ~ ISLAY, SCOTLAND
88/100 Whisky Base
Singapore's luxury magazine Lux ' The Best Whisky Brands in The World - Best Whisky Brands of 2021' - N# 15
Man of Many '21 Best Scotch Whisky Brands - 2020' N#15
Andrew Stevens "...delicious and at cask strength is still so smooth that it can be sipped without water? The way that the oily malts and hints of salt interact with the caramel and smoke."
Reviews.com "As far as Islay mats go; this maintains the intensity of the elemental, without any of the lazy excesses of oak or smoke that so often mar drams from this region."
Andrew Whiteley, KL wines "One sniff of my glass and I can touch the wet malt and roll it between my fingers before it goes into the kiln. I can watch it dry, see, feel, and smell the sugar caramelize with heat. The gentle notes of peat smoke slowing infuse the grain. It seems I'm in my woodshop, a gentle and warm space, filled with sawdust and the sweet smell of fresh cut lumber. A gentle rain brings out the fresh fruit flavors. Toasted quince and baked apples - I'm home in my mothers kitchen as she bakes a pie. Nutmeg and cinnamon fill the air. Then suddenly, I'm awake. Just standing it the tasting bar with a glass in my hand. Where have I been? I struggle to find the words - usually a good sign. I'm just left with this easy feeling, like I've been a part of something - like I've made something. Like I tasted something fabulous for the first time. It's like that."
Lux Magazine "An Islay-based distillery, Bunnahabhain was founded in 1881 and has won awards across plenty of categories. It’s a super premium brand known for its stylish flavours and complex yet subtle combinations."
Jacob Osborne, Man of Many '21 Best Scotch Whisky Brands - 2020 "While we’re still roaming around Islay, let’s stop at yet another one of the island’s relatively few active distilleries. In the game since 1881, Bunnahabhain releases a modest selection of core statements and the occasional one-off. This is good Scotch and often great Scotch. Pick up one of the brand’s more expensive releases and you might even think it’s the best Scotch."
Nose - Fragrant barley and sandalwood. Subtle hints of orange peel and sea salt.
Palate - Vegetal oak, honey nuts, a burst of fresh white grape and citrus once again.
Finish - Black pepper crackers and marzipan.
Bunnahabhain Distillery was established in 1881 on the northeastern tip of the Isle of Islay by the shore of Bunnahabhain Bay and overlooking the Sound of Islay. Bunnahabhain Distillery is equipped with four huge pear-shaped stills and produces Scottish malt whiskey which is released in blends and in single malt and single cask bottlings. A participant in Feis Ile, the annual Islay Festival of Malt and Music.
Founded in 2014 by John McIlvogue, Old & Rare Whisky bottles the world’s rarest and hard-to-find Whisky. From brands such as Macallan and Bowmore to Hibiki, in addition to over 100 bottles from now silent distilleries.