The Bunnahabhain 23yr, foot of the river

The postman came with a surprising package from Abbey Whisky. It contained a small bottle of the Bunnahabhain 23yr. This lady was very pleased! Monday-night, March 4th, it was time to open the bottle  …  and to entertain the tastebuds.

This Bunnahabhain 23yr is the 2nd release in ‘The Rare Casks’ series by Abbey Whisky.

Distilled in 1989, this special malt was aged in a refill bourbon barrel for 23 years before being bottled at natural cask strength of 44% vol. Only 96 bottles have been filled and made available for this limited edition release.


Bunnahabhain (pronounced Bun na h-Abhainn, meaning “foot of the river”) is a village on the northeast coast of the isle of Islay. I’ve looked op some pictures. It’s amazing, mythical, just like the name Bunnahabhain. Wondering if they have a magical “Monster of Loch Ness” of their own ….

  • Name: Bunnahabhain
  • Type: Single Malt
  • Country: Scotland
  • Price per standard amount: € 90,00

Time for some action .. I opened this lovely little bottle and streaming from the bottle, the whisky gently took the road to the Glencairn glass. A lovely color … with a fantastic smell!

  • Color: Very nice gold
  • Nose: Soft, warm a bit spicy, soft pepper, marzipan, a bit briny and some delicate tracks of peat and sweetness of tropical fruit
  • Taste: Nice and creamy, dried fruit, smokey, sea-salty. A lovely tingle on the tongue, and keeps on tingling all the way back. There are hints of chocolate, tangerine, red grapefruit and kiwis
  • Finish: Tingling, smoky combined with the sweetness. Very nice balanced, surprising and a fine aftertaste

This is one Whisky with an amazing character. A character that you can’t resist. This whisky with it’s own attractiveness, will amaze you, just by opening the bottle. There are only 96 bottles available of this peated Islay malt whisky. Just like the Caperdonich, I really enjoyed this whisky. I’m glad Abbey Whisky has sent me a sample to try and review!

Suggestions: just pure or a small drop of water


I give this whisky a 8,5 out of 10.



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