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28 Mar 2014

Bunnahabhain 1987 (Maltbarn)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Bunnahabhain

Maltbarn has released four new expressions: Ledaig 2005, Longmorn 1992 (what a surprise), Ben Nevis 1997 and this Bunnahabhain 1987 matured in a sherry butt.

 

Bunnahabhain 1987 MaltbarnBunnahabhain 26 yo 1987 (49,9%, Maltbarn 2014, sherry butt, 121 btl.)

Nose: very coastal but quite fruity at the same time. Sweet grapefruit, apple peel, hints of peaches. The some walnuts and lemon, as well as faint verbena and linseed oil. Maybe a Fino butt. Some leafy notes and wax. Gets fruitier (slightly tropical) with water. Mouth: relatively fruity again, gooseberries, apples and lemon sweets. Mid-palate there is a big boost of brine and mineral notes, accompanied by ginger and peppery oak, even some curry and mint. Comes down nicely on vanilla custard with lingering fruits. Again a slight earthy touch. Finish: long, fairly neutral, with cereal notes, soft cinnamon, lemon and banana.

A complex Bunna, fruity and coastal at the same time. It looks like most of these 1987 casks have a relatively low sherry influence (not the usual Oloroso type in any case). Around € 150.

Score: 88/100

Bunnahabhain 1987 (Maltbarn) 4 Ruben Luyten 2014-03-28

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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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