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03 May 2013

Bunnahabhain 1989 (Great Cask Series)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Bunnahabhain

The Great Cask series is managed by Whiskysite.nl. The latest addition is this 23 years old Bunnahabhain from a bourbon cask.

 

 

Bunnahabhain 1989 Great Cask seriesBunnahabhain 23 yo 1989 (44,1%, Whiskysite.nl 2013, bourbon barrel, 155 btl.)

Nose: starts on gentle sea air and mineral notes, maybe a little peat. Folds open nicely with mellow fruity notes (citrus, green apple, white peach) and light floral notes (apple blossom). Light honey and faint vanilla. Perfectly natural. Mouth: oily, showing a really nice balance of candied notes (lemon gums, hints of marshmallow, candy sugar), coastal notes and herbs (mint, aniseed and light liquorice). Supportive oak, fading towards light earthy notes. Finish: medium long, coastal, with faint salty notes and grass.

I really liked this one, it’s quite subtle, or put differently: excellent drinking strength. Decent complexity, I noticed I kept filling my empty tasting glass until the sample ran out. Around € 85, found here.

Score: 87/100

Bunnahabhain 1989 (Great Cask Series) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2013-05-03

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  • WhiskyNotes: It says 'single cask Scotch whisky' on the label, so yes, technically it can even contain a bit of Girvan grain. Not that it matters a lot though.
  • kallaskander: Hi there, could be a teaspooned blenders cask... technically not a single malt then.... that seems more probable than letting an IB bring out the fir
  • Glenn Vanbellingen: If you put the 12 y origin at 40% head to head with the 12 y origin 46% you see it immediately or better you taste it immediately.

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