Bunnahabhain XXV 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
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Bunnahabhain XXV 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)

$699. 00
$8388.00 Dozen
ABV: 46.3%

Now generally recognised as one of the high points in big age statement Islay malt.

Rich, sherried, delicately smokey and beautifully nuanced - older Bunnah's can be nothing short of sublime. A regular heavy hitter in the awards department (WWA Category Winner 2017, San Fran Double Gold 2016), this non chill filtered version of the 25-year-old was launched in 2010 and initially ran to just 400 bottles. Upping the ABV to 46.3% has made a great whisky even better, and it's now positioned as the ‘super-premium’ member of the core range. This is lightly peated compared to most Islays, with the Sherry input and extended maturation further softening the smokey notes. Plenty of oak influence is evident in the opening sniffs, with the aroma deepening to stewed pear / apple pie and vanilla. The accent shifts towards light ginger before the final pass releases surprising notes of Turkish Delight. Medium dry delivery with the lively spirit gently nipping the tongue; mid palate is delicately peppery with a grainy / oatmeal-like edge and an oily finish. It demonstrates serious staying power as light cocoa and oatmeal biscuit flavours carry into the aftertaste. Ageing slowly, one senses this could easily go another decade. Although the exact cask regime isn't stated, it reported to be a mix of refill bourbon and refill sherry casks (more bourbon than sherry) before being transferred into 1st fill and 2nd fill Oloroso sherry casks for a short finishing period. 46.3% Alc./Vol. Non chill filtered.

Other reviews... No major blemishes here at all. Carefully chosen sherry butts of the highest quality (well, except maybe one) and a malt with enough character to still get its personality across after 25 years. Who could ask for more? 94 points. - Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2018

...Aka XXV. I really liked a version that was bottled around 2009 (WF 87). Colour: amber. Nose: starts a little strange, kind of ‘cheesy’ and winey at the same time. Isn’t there more sherry than in earlier versions? Or is this one from fresher casks? Goes on with a lot of chocolate, bags or heavily roasted malt and, maybe a little too much struck matches. Yes, sulphur. Also blackcurrant buds. Was this baby ‘finished’? Very unlikely but you never know… Mouth: same feeling but this is rounder and fruitier. Again, the wine is loud and Bunnahabhain’s usual honeyed and delicately raisiny style doesn’t really shine through. Having said that, it’s very pleasant and gets maltier by the minute, before our beloved ‘Bunny’ starts to come out indeed. Quite some orange marmalade, honey, sultanas… And a nice saltiness. Finish: not very long but clean and (even) more on dried fruits, sweet, the ‘winey’ wine influence having become much more discreet as such. A little salt again in the aftertaste. Comments: I was not fond of the nose but the palate is pretty impeccable. Enough so to warrant 85 points in my little book. 85 points- whiskyfun.com

...Bunnahabhain 25 is a whisky that I truly feel is worth the money if you have experience with scotch and are looking for a special bottle for yourself or someone extremely close to you. In fact, I almost want to say don’t share this with anyone, it’s that good. Certainly among the top official bottlings I’ve had from a distillery. That finish though. Like a crack in the Sistine Chapel ceiling. It’s the only flaw holding this back from being divine. Instead, it is simply phenomenal. - maltreview.com

The Bunnahabhain distillery on Islay is probably the most isolated, yet also one the most grand and attractive buildings of its kind on the island. Water is piped down from streams on the Margdale Hills and is considered less peaty than most on Islay. The operation remains firmly set in tradition although the company now imports its own raw materials. The labelling is reminiscent of Bunnahabhain's coastal setting, and utilises words and imagery from the ballad 'Westering Home' (to Islay.) The poetry is more romantic than the reality - there have been 250 recorded wrecks around the coast of Islay including that of a large trawler which has lain nearby the Bunnahabhain distillery for over twenty years! Nevertheless, the charm of the label remains undiminished.