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Bunnahabhain 1979/2011

(54.7%, Berry Bros & Rudd for, C#1794)
Average Score: 90
Bottle Profile
TypeScotch Single Malts (Disclosed Distilleries)
BottlerBerry Bros & Rudd
Brand NameBunnahabhain
Year Distilled1979
Year Bottled2011
Alcohol By Volume54.7%
Cask Number#1794
Average Score90

Maniac Ratings
Robert Karlsson90
Konstantin Grigoriadis88
Ho-cheng Yao90
Krishna Nukala92
Rich Howard87
David Wankel88
Keith Wood91
Oliver Klimek89
Benjamin Chen88
Ralf Mitchell92

Tasting Notes
Robert KarlssonBig coffee, lots of wood. Darkly drily sherried. Surupy perhaps. Big and uncompromising. With water also sugared baked oranges and all that. Yummy. Taste is equally massive. Loads of coffee, dark dark (black) spices. Is this whisky or alcohol-infused sherry? Extreme. And cannot stop myself from liking it.
Rich Howardstewed sangria fruits, pineapple and deep lemon zest, obvious coffee (black, no cream) leather and tobacco, initially infused with hints of sulfur and gunpowder, although that fades a bit with time, leaving a nest of dark fruits. the palate is sweet and smoky, with those dark fruits, a ton of coffee and tobacco, a handful of walnuts. water smooths out the nose a bit, still plenty of sweet sangria fruits, still some tobacco, but lighter on the coffee now, and the sulfur is nearly gone. the palate is sweet, spicy and smoky, with plenty of dark fruits, and some chicory in the coffee now. summary: rich and deep with sweet, spicy, smoky fruits. it might have a pinch too much sulfur for some, but not for me. [tasted blind for the 2011 Awards]
Keith WoodGlass: Classic Malt - Colour: Very dark, liquid treacle toffee - Nose: Marinated dark fruits, possibly in amaretto, changing slightly over 2-3 minutes into toasted cheesy teacake, with the faintest hint of rubberiness. This is all delightfully and lightly toasted but far from burnt, although I am reminded of glowing bonfire embers on an Atlantic beach. - Palate: A very rich and fruity wood immediately engulfs the whole palate and then expands even further as rich fruit, nuts (primarily walnut) and glowing bonfire embers all vie for supremacy. - Finish: Extremely long, rich, fruity, wood, light smokiness. - Overall Impression: Wonderful, exceptional. A true 'Great'.
Oliver KlimekColour: Dark copper - Nose: Dried figs, raisins, cherries, cigars, polished wood, cinnamon. - Palate: Sweet prunes, raisins, dried figs, chocolate, cinnamon, hints of tea and fresh herbs. - Finish: Very long, sweet, dry and and fruity. - Overall: A very pleasant combination of sweet fruit and dry wood with just a hint of the signature Bunnahabhain freshness.