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!

Appeal:

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.

Flavor:

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?

Overall:

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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