Bunnahabhain 14 Year Old 1995

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Bunnahabhain 14 Year Old 1995

Country: Scotch Whisky
Distillery: Bunnahabhain
Bottler: Ian Macleod
Distillation Date: 1995
Style: Single Malt Whisky
Bottling Date: 2009
Alcohol: 46% by volume
Price: ~ $75.00 USD

Behind The Booze:

Although this was a very special whisky when it was released, being bottled in Medoc barrels ( casks 90281 and 90282 ) in 2009 as a part of a 516 bottle release, the Brunnahabhain 14 year really did not get much publicity. No, this isn’t your $250.00 dollar bottle but many agree that this is a great, well priced spirit that truly delivers. I will update this post as I hear more, but for now lets get onto the review!


This is a nice looking whisky – not fantastic, not terrible. It carries with it a color very similar to dry hay, yet has a smoky appearance at the same time. Unlike a few of the other spirits I have sampled, this whisky does not cling to the glass like others, but rather quickly rolls from the lip of the glass back into the pool below.


The Bunnahabhain 14 Year old whisky is easily up on the list of very fragrant whiskys – fruit and nuts with just a hint of pepper – very easy and smooth on the nose yet carries that classic whisky ‘zing’ through the nasal passage. The flavors were thick and warming comprised mostly of fruit, toast with honey, a little butter like quality and had a unique, slight salt flavor. The residual flavor, or finish was full of a healthy but undefined sweetness mixed with black pepper and a touch of fruit, maybe a raspberry?


I enjoyed this whisky – I didn’t love it. It was very easy on the palate, smooth and rich in flavor but just didn’t carry that ‘wow’ factor that I was expecting with a $75 dollar bottle. I am not a big fan of the overly fruity whisky’s – and that may have been the determining factor on my side. It was not like I was drinking a fruity cocktail from a bar, but I’m not sure I would brag about this whisky to the guys simply for fear they might run out and try it as well. For those who are into the sweet, fruity type flavors I have no doubt that you will fall in love with this spirit – hell, even those who are into the limited production runs may seek this out just simply to have it in your arsenal but if this were a regular production item, I can’t say I would run out and grab a bottle. None the less – if you have had a chance to give the Bunnahabhian 14 year whisky a taste, please let me know your thoughts!

Step back, relax, and enjoy.

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  1. Qnko

    Great Review. You bcalsaliy explain it so I can simply understand what it IS and what is NOT. I do not get please of LISTINE in my mouth but I was considering Laphroaig 10 as had outstanding reviews and notes on mouth coating and well balance. A FLAWLESS product!!! I want a affordable Flawless product but without the STINGS but the soft smoke and some medical fix and the pure water + freshness from Islay WHisky!!!???

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