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21 Oct 2011

Bunnahabhain 1980 (Whisky-Doris)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Bunnahabhain

German whisky shop Whisky-Doris has a couple of new releases. First up is this 31 years old Bunnahabhain. We’ve seen quite a few 1970’s Bunnas but the 1980’s are far more uncommon.

 

 

Bunnahabhain 1980 Whisky-DorisBunnahabhain 31 yo 1980 (46,3%, Whisky-Doris 2011, bourbon hogshead #13, 177 btl.)

Nose: starts fairly simple on fragrant oranges and sea breezes. After opening up, the fruitiness widens into orange peel, fruit cake, honey and hints of vanilla. The sea breeze develops into a big saltiness, soft medicinal notes and all-round spiciness. Some leather and nutmeg as well. Mouth: not overly powerful, but punchy enough and very complex. There are nutty notes, fruity notes (even hints of coconut and tropical fruits), a beer-like malty note, eucalyptus oil, a leathery note again, tobacco, ginger, liquorice…   and again coastal elements. Finish: medium long, half sweet / half bitter with orange notes, soft peat and ginger.

Not an easy one to assess, but a very complex and proudly coastal Bunnahabhain. Take your time and enjoy. Available from Whisky-Doris, € 110.

Score: 89/100

Bunnahabhain 1980 (Whisky-Doris) 4 Ruben Luyten 2011-10-21

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