Review: Bunnahabhain 18 Year Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

18 Years; Ex-bourbon and Oloroso Casks
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Bunnahabhain (Port Askaig, Scotland)

Non-chill filtered, old, natural colour Islay malt - this bottle is perhaps famous for going against the trend, re-introduced a few years ago with an increased ABV and a stopping of chill filtering this bottle. Everyone loved the move.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2015

Big, oaky, sherry lead whisky. Oaky on the nose, with prune, clove, dried apricot, old clove, orange peel, and anise. Big palate full of clove and dried fruits, but with the cereal presented nicely behind with a big wave of full-bodied malt and some lighter apple notes on top. A brilliant integration of sherry and malt. The finish carries on with light mixed roasted nuts, fig, oak char, light rancio, and dried apple. Very nicely done.

Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Low, based on $126 CAD. But in some places you can get this at a much better price and value really jumps up.