Whisky Review: The Whisky Agency x The Whisky Exchange Bunnhabhain 1989 Aged 27 Years

Style: Delicate and Fruity


Lemon honey custard cake dressed with steaming fragrance of barley sugar. Beeswax, tropical fruits painted with a touch of tar. Cold breeze of peppermint, thyme and a twist of subtle citrus. Ethereal peat smoke becoming evident as the aroma slowly opens up.


Lemon balm diving into thick vanilla cream on the palate. Incredibly delicate delivery of honeycomb, paraffin, stewed fruits, and old-school style of dry, minerallic barley. The tone drops briefly when an early dose of smoky almonds and antique oaky notes… Pretty sure there is a trace of peat here, but very subtle. Orange drops and white fruits with a thin slice of ginger at the core. Grassy peppermint spices giving gentle tickles. Cinnamon dust, cigarette ash, plums and milk chocolate sponge cake towards the end.


Faint whiff of coal fire smoke, another layer of tar. Chocolate pudding and tropical fruits simmering pleasantly till the end.


How adorable is Bunnahabhain when it reaches this age. An elegant display – Honey, paraffin, lemon fruits highlighted with a wee bit of smoke, all nicely integrated and presented delicately. Maybe too soft for some, but it is very approachable and friendly that you wouldn’t mind pouring yourself a few extra drams and get to know it better.

☆ [Recommended]

[44.9% • 2016 Bottled • 1989 Distilled • Independent Bottling • Single Cask • Cask Strength • Non Chill Filter • Non Coloured • Matured in a Hogshead • *]