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12 Aug 2010

Bunnahabhain 18yo PX (Feis Ile 2010)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Bunnahabhain

John MacLellan, former distillery manager at Bunnahabhain (now Kilchoman), pioneered the idea of releasing special bottlings for Feis Ile. This year they offered an unpeated 18 years old single cask with a Pedro Ximenez finish.


Bunnahabhain 18yo PX Feis Ile Bunnahabhain 18 yo (51,4%, OB for
Feis Ile 2010, PX cask, 384 btl.)

Nose: a relatively light nose. Obvious PX influence, but less fresh and fruity than some previous experiments from other distilleries (this or this). Caramelized banana and a bit of cinnamon. Sweet nuts. Sourish berries. A little mint and ginger. Mildly maritime. Mouth: sweet, with dry fruits. Sweet but not too sugary. Hints of chocolate and kirsch. Balanced spices (pepper, clove) and dried herbs. Finish: medium length, drying, with the same flavours.

Recipe: 70% Bunnahabhain 18yo and 30% fortified wine. Although the wine is not subtle, the end result is quite good (but not exceptional). Sold for € 100 at the distillery.

Score: 81/100

Bunnahabhain 18yo PX (Feis Ile 2010) 2.5 Ruben Luyten 2010-08-12
  • http://whiskyisrael.co.il Gal

    Lovely Dram Ruben

    i have sampled this on our “peat summit” and going to review it again this month.

    lovely as ever.

  • aw

    On the subject of the Bunna, I noticed yesterday that Loch Fyne Whiskies and Royal Mile Whiskies are stocking a new bottling of the standard 12yo OB at 46.3%, natural colour, non-chillfiltered. I ordered one.

  • Charlie

    Ruben, I heard the new Bunnahabhain 18yo 46.3% is very good. Any chance you can review it? Thank you.

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  • Tony: Well the 1401 batch 8 could be found easily in most places for £200 - indeed I got one for £180 with a discount. The £225 price was a bit high and
  • WhiskyNotes: Don't just look at the UK - it's not always representative for the rest of the world. The last 1401 for Europe was batch 8. I bought that one for €
  • Sam: Nicely written notes, not rated this myself yet. Just to confirm, it's nowhere near a 40% price rise though. The last 1401 released in the UK was at

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