Bunnahabhain

1990-vintage 32 Year Old Oloroso Sherry Butt

Exclusive to The Whisky Exchange

Bunnahabhain rarely releases retailer-exclusive bottlings, and it is rarer still for it to be a whisky as well-aged as this one. The Whisky Exchange head buyer Dawn Davies MW worked closely with master distiller emeritus Brendan McCarron and his team to select a whisky with a rich and bold character.

Bunnahabhain 1990

32yo Oloroso Butt Exclusive to The Whisky Exchange

Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

70cl / 54.8%

£2,000

(£2,857.14 per litre)

More than three decades in an oloroso sherry butt has imparted layers of sweet spices, sticky caramel and nutty chocolate that mingle with Bunnahabhain’s fruity and malty character. This whisky offers a rich backdrop of rich coffee, well-worn leather, rancio and dried fruit that complements the distillery’s character, without overpowering it.

Tasting Notes

By Dawn Davies MW

    • Nose

      On the nose this is all about sultanas, raisins, candied orange peel, baked almonds and treacle, with hints of forest floor and tobacco leaf

    • Palate

      The palate is an explosion of flavour: candied peel, rum-soaked dried fruits, a hint of orange-blossom honey, old leather armchairs and incense spice, with sweet, rich and treacly fruit behind

    • Finish

      This is a masterclass in rancio, with a finish that seems to go on forever

    • Comment

      An intense, powerful and concentrated whisky that will make you sit up and take note. A cask not to be missed

About Bunnahabhain

Found at the water’s edge on the Sound of Islay, Bunnahabhain distillery is best known for its complex, unpeated single malts. Founded in 1881, Bunnahabhain originally received all supplies by boat and sent the finished whisky back to the mainland in the same way. After a brief closure in the 1930s a new road leading to the distillery was built, making it much easier to get supplies in. This has allowed for increased production to keep up with a growing popularity that continues to this day, further boosted by the distillery’s dedication to naturally coloured and unchillfiltered whisky, and more recent forays into creating smoky drams.