Bunnahabhain 18yr Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
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Bunnahabhain 18yr Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Item # 40061 750mL
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Item Notes

  • Limited Production: Only 3 bottle(s) per customer

Tasting Notes

Continually overlooked but always spoken of with great admiration, particularly by other distillers, Bunnahabhain produces a subtle whisky but arguably the most consistent style of classic Islay malt, no easy feat for one of the whisky world's most polarizing expressions. The youngest malt in this blend has aged for 18yrs and as with virtually all their releases. there is a little bit of a lot of different things going on here. From notes of sea spray, hot sand, subtle smoke, vanilla, spices and heathery malt, this is a spirit with layers of flavor that are composed in a way that make them incredibly enjoyable.

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Staff Pick Notes

I don't write as many staff picks for single malt Scotch as I should, but when I do it's because the spirit is outstanding. This 18-year-old release from Bunnahabhain hits all the marks for me—the sweet spot of age, great value, and a well-rounded flavor profile. Heathery floral notes, honey, dried fruit, and a subtle kiss of smoke. A full-bodied spirit with time spent in sherry casks lending notes of leather, baking spice, and a saline whiff (the casks are aged on the coast after all), plus zero artificial coloring; this Islay whisky really offers something for everyone. A long, dry finish caps off a multi-layered sensory experience. This distillery isn't trying to woo anyone to their camp with catchy marketing. They are doing it with a totally solid line up. The proof is in the bottle.


Astor's Glossary of Terms


As a synonym for Scottish, some people object to the term “Scotch” – but as far as their whisky goes, the Scottish people are required by law to classify the spirit as “Scotch whisky.”


Distillation was brought to Scotland from Ireland by missionary monks in the 6th century. In 1644, the first taxes were imposed on Scottish distillers by England, with the result that most of the nation’s whisky was soon distilled illicitly. With the Parliament’s passing of the “Excise Act” in 1824, licensing fees for distilleries were much cheaper. Distilleries started to take out...

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