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12 Jun 2013

Bunnahabhain 1991 (TheWhiskyCask)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Bunnahabhain

Most of the middle-aged Bunnahabhains have been sherry casks lately, but this Bunnahabhain 1991 is from a bourbon cask. It was bottled by TheWhiskyCask, a German shop with an extensive range of private bottlings (whisky as well as rum).

 

Bunnahabhain 1991 TheWhiskyCaskBunnahabhain 21 yo 1991
(48,6%, TheWhiskyCask 2013, bourbon cask)

Nose: starts fruity: melon, apricot and yellow apple. Even a tropical edge and marshmallows. Coated in almond cream with hints of vanilla. Plenty of hay and grasses, later also damp ferns. It also shows a coastal side: sea air, mineral notes. Mint. Mouth: good attack, the fruity sweetness is still there but it’s overtaken by notes of grapefruit (both juice and zest), green tea and liquorice. Subtle oak as well, and a little salt. Even hints of peat. Very good balance of fruits and sharpness. Finish: long, grassy and salty. Liquorice and bitter herbs.

A nice bourbon matured Bunnahabhain, switching between fruits and austerity. An entertaining dram. Around € 80.

Score: 88/100

Bunnahabhain 1991 (TheWhiskyCask) 4 Ruben Luyten 2013-06-12

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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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