1991 Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) SKU #1331558

$159.99

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Tasting Notes

This 25 year Bunnahabhain isn't just from a "refill hogshead" barrel, it's from a sherry hogshead and the dark, rich color of the malt lets you know at first glance that this is going to be one supple dram. Bunnahabhain, unpeated in its classic expression, takes on a completely different character in sherry than its Islay counterparts. While sherried Bowmore tends toward savory campfire notes and sherried Kilchoman towards sweet peat, sherried Bunnahabhain is like pure salted caramel, combining the sea elements of island maturation with the mouthcoating texture of a textbook Speyside malt. After 25 years in the barrel, this incredible specimen came out at 49.5% cask strength with an absolutely incredible color. Sweet sherry dances with caramelized apples and pears, lots of Oloroso rancio, and loads of oak spice on the finish. You'll be thinking more along the lines of Macallan and Glenfarclas than Islay at the end of this one. This is a MUST for sherry heads.

Staff Reviews

  • David Othenin-Girard
    By: David Othenin-Girard
    4/18/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    Wow I mean just what the hell? We've had a string of wonderful Bunnahs over the last year, the result I believe of the distillery's change in ownership. When the new owners took a look at all the old whisky in the warehouse that they didn't own, I bet they sent a few thousand letters on fancy legal paper. Rent is going up! Anyway, we're the great beneficiaries of that business acumen. Other independents have taken the good name and the old age and jacked the prices up, but we've got some good old friends in bonny Scotland who treat us well. The dark color forces a double take when it hits the glass. Refill? Dang! It must have been a fresh dump if you catch my drift, but it's balanced and absolutely filled to the brim with life. The nose is nuts and orange liqueur by the sea. Dark fruit salted. Tobacco leaf and cedar pointed by subtle salted and stewed red fruit quality. Touches of dried kelp, freshly polished leather and no obvious peat. The sweetness of the nose is balanced by the rich savory entry on the palate. It's a big one! Nice and dry with a big oak spice pulling through in the back. Truly a special cask, one of the best values we'll ever offer.
  • Anthony Russo
    By: Anthony Russo
    4/16/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a home run barrel selection. Dark and peppery for Bunnahabhain, the nose and palate show just the right amount of sweet fruits to balance the whole. Caramelized apples and pears is spot-on. A touch more smoke on the palate show it's Islay home. This stuff is soooo good. Fuller bodied and super complex.
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    4/12/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    The color on this is unbelievable – think deep mahogany, almost difficult to see through. The sherry influence is immediately evident on the nose with rich fruity notes of caramelized apples and pears. On the palate, it is rich and mouth-coating, with syrupy fruity sweetness and a nice long, malty finish. What a punch of flavor! It’s incredibly smooth and silky without the heat one expects from 49.5% alcohol.
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    4/12/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    This spectacular quarter century old malt has the gentlemanly roundness that I always want but rarely encounter in long aged whisky. It is not only velvety and full in the mouth, it also has great nutty complexity from the Sherry wood treatment. I find this to be a value at the price- I am sure if it was being offered by the distillery instead of direct and exclusive from Old Particular, it would be more than twice the price!
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    4/12/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    Bunnahabhain has been having a banner year so far at K&L. First the distillery direct 13 year PX edition flew outta hear as people went nuts for all that sweet sherry. Then we featured the 12 year old single cask expression from OP at a ridiculous bargain price. Now we've got this 25 year old single sherry hogshead edition to bring folks back on the sherry train. This baby is DARK, as in saturated with sweet sherry goodness. It's also a PERFECT 49.5% ABV, so it's sippable and ready to go right out of the bottle. I can't say enough good things about this one. It's a sherry head's dream come true, lots of sweet textures and plenty of salty Islay character to add nuance. This will go very fast.
  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    4/12/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    When you pull the bottle out of the gift box the first thing you'll realize is you're dealing with a sherry aged beauty. It's striking how dark it is; especially when you hold it next to our 12 year old Bunnahabhain cask. The nose is loaded with rancio, fudge, orange and cocoa. The palate is rich and weighty. The a gentle smoke sails in the background. The salinity rides up front. If you already know and love Bunnahabhain, don't miss this guy. If you're just wanting to explore Islay but aren't sure about full blown campfire smoke: start here.

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