This beautiful golden spirit’s nose releases honeyed nuts and a slightly sea-induced salty tang. Rich toffee and leathery oak aromas can be sensed upon further inspection. The palate is influenced by mellow sherried nuts and shavings of the finest natural oak wood.
The voyage ends with dry notes that are interspersed with mixed spices fading magnificently into a light salt and sherry finale.
Wine Enthusiast 80 points - Intensely malty. The palate entry is off-dry, slightly salty and intensely cereal-like; the midpalate stage highlights the medium-sweet grain and oak. Finishes off-dry to medium sweet and grainy-malty.
— P.P. (8/1/2006) — 80-84 (Aug 2006)
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 94 points - Ultimate Beverage Challenge (Mar 2011)
In what will be seen as a positive move to whisky connoisseurs, Bunnahabhain have decided to bottle the 18 year old without chill-filtration and without colouring. This has a salted caramel taste leading to sticky toffee pudding sprinkled with nutmeg. It's quite dense with a rich sherried note. On a second wave roast chestnuts emerge and gentle wood spice. The finish is warming and lengthy; salt and sherry towards the very end. Bunnahabhain without chill-filtration is dense and oily and shows off its sherried credentials with ease.