Bunnahabhain 14 Year Old 2002 The Single Cask

Bunnahabhain 14 Year Old 2002 The Single Cask (51.6%, Claxton’s, HH #1607-3185, 305 Bottles, 2016)

Whisky Review

  • Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky
  • Origin: Bunnahabhain Distillery
  • Bottling: Claxton’s
  • ABV: 51.6%
  • Cost: £80.82


What they say:

This single cask bottling has distinctive nutty flavours synonymous with the Bunnahabhain distillery style. However, 14 years of maturation in an American oak hogshead has also created a very lively character with prominent vanilla elements


Warm bananas and peaches, buttery biscuits developing into marzipan. A hint burnt sticks.


Nutty! Brazil nuts, almonds, and soft walnuts. Coconut and vanilla fudge. Soft and oily body.


Lingering and warm. More nuttiness, almonds, coconut with a marshmallow sweetness.

  • Region: Islay
  • Cask No: 1607-3185
  • Year Distilled: 29.10.2002
  • Year Bottled: 2016
  • Cask Type: Hogshead

What I say:

Many thanks to Adrian at Claxton’s for kindly providing this sample for review. A 14 year old single cask/cask strength Bunnahabhain matured in an American Oak Hogshead. Natural colour/non-chill filtered


Light champagne gold (3/20), quick medium-sized oily tears leave finer legs


Sweet and dusty with sharp and citric fruit aromas, chalky and mineralic or coastal with sharp sea salt, sparkling white wine/white grape, melon, cereal gristy/biscuit, oaty flapjack, honey, banana fritters, toffee, syrup, pears, almonds, pear & amandine tart.


Medium bodied, leads with malty & gristy cereal barley, a sharpness of citrus fruits combine with a gentle prickle of white pepper spice, kiwi fruit, melon, white grape, oaty biscuit/flapjack, green oak wood, love heart sweeties; chalky/sherbet/fruit fizzy and citric and slightly sour in places, nutty with toasted flaked almonds.


Medium, sweet & sour nature persists


A deliciously coastal Bunnahabhain, ripe with pear and almonds but also quite mealy with plenty of grsity barley too combined with a nice citric zest make this very pleasing indeed.

Score: 85/100

Categories: Bunnahabhain, Islay

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