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11 Jul 2014

Bunnahabhain 1990 (Archives)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Bunnahabhain

Bunnahabhain is without doubt the most widely available Islay distillery among independent bottlers these days. They seem to take advantage of the current shortage and popularity of Islay malt.

This is a heavily sherried Bunnahabhain 1990, like we’ve seen a couple of times recently.


Bunnahabhain 1990 ArchivesBunnahabhain 23 yo 1990
(47,9%, Archives ‘Fishes of Samoa’ 2014, sherry butt #52, 201 btl.)

Nose: full-bodied nose, with juicy fruits and lots of sweet Oloroso sherry. Black cherries, rum & raisins, blackberries… Sweet but also quite spicy, with pepper and hints of curry. Nice tobacco too. Touches of balsamic and soy. Also the typical flinty and (subtle) gunpowder note that’s often found in heavily sherried Bunna. Mouth: full of raisins, figs and dark chocolate. Starts sweet and fruity – quickly turns towards spices. Think cloves and nutmeg. Walnuts. Slightly tannic / leathery in the end. Finish: medium length, with liquorice, coffee and cinnamon powder.

The nose is sweet, intense and entertaining. On the palate the dry side is quite heavy, which makes this release end a little lower than I initially expected. Around € 105, available from Whiskybase.

Score: 86/100

Bunnahabhain 1990 (Archives) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2014-07-11
  • tastydram

    Price has already risen a bit. € 105 in Whiskybase shop at the moment. €85 for a 23yo sherried Bunna was too much bang for the buck I guess.

  • WhiskyNotes

    Sorry, my fault. I think I started from another review of a cheaper whisky and forgot to update the price.

  • Pit Krause

    Nice review. I scored it way higher on because it is much more complex and full than the other sherried Bunnas around – well, just my 2 p – to me it is amazing.

  • tastydram

    NP ! But it was too good to be true :)



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