Review: Bunnahabhain 9 Years Old 2003 10.83 Incredibly awesome!

Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Bunnahabhain Distillery SMWS Code 10

Bottling: Scotch Malt Whisky Society; cask 10.83

ABV: 58.8%

Cost: £63.40 buy from SMWS


What they say:

Cask 10.83 Incredibly Awesome!

Smoked eel, creamy mustard and burnt honey glazed parsnips on the nose whilst a salty, sweet, smoky and spicy sensation to taste. Water changed everything, the aromas now maritime; sea spray, steamed mussels with flavours of sweet soy sauce and salted caramel.

Aged 9 years, Distilled 20th December 2005, one of 192 bottles, refill ex-bourbon barrel.

What I say:

Always a pleasure to sample one of your favoured distilleries bottled by the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Their single cask/cask strength format always give a unique experience and are what make the society famous.


Very pale gold (2/20), thick loose tears


Briny shellfish & scallops, peaty smoke, sweet dolly mixture sweeties, milled malted barley flour, citrus pith and zest, lemons and oranges


Sweet and fruity initially then peaty & iodine, seaweed, briny, shellfish, malt, peat, citrus fruit and oak wood


Long, that delicious combination of peat, salt and sweet, lime jelly, peat embers and a touch of oak wood and some herbs


Interesting and intense, brutal on the palate this takes no prisoners and if you don’t like smoked oysters with a dash of fresh lime juice, then best not pick this one up in the first place!

Score: 84/100

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