1990 Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)

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In what will surely go down as one of the great single malt deals of the year, we bring you the K&L exclusive cask of Bunnahabhain 25 year old single malt Islay whisky: a malt that appears to be even more of a deal considering the new $900 price tag the distillery is asking for the official release. This particular iteration is like a tropical daydream on the nose, fresh peach and sugar cane float lazily across the surprisingly sweet palate. Aged in hogshead, however, there's no sherry and little to no smoke in this expression. Its brilliance nonetheless is a testament to the inherent fruit of the whisky and the benefits of slow, steady maturation in fine cooperage. The finish is all sweet grains and malted barley with touches of salt and the sea. Islay fans will be thrilled. Bunnahabhain fans won't want to miss it. And you get all of that goodness at cask strength for $149.99 thanks to our direct import pricing.

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By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/24/2016 | Send Email
For the first time in years of going to Scotland, we've been hearing little hints at a slightly opening market. This is not translating into cheaper distillery bottled whisky by any means because as demand for cheap blends slumps, distilleries are relying more and more on their flagship brands to bring their margins up. What it does mean is that maybe the investor who had been sitting on casks feels like it's time to liquidate or the blenders who were counting on increased sales on the low end to balance stock issues are now over stocked on the top end. So any tiny blip in the market can reverberate all the way down to us little guys and benefit our tiny program pretty significantly. This is the first example of that. When just a few years ago, similarly aged stuff from blue chip distilleries like this one, were trading at a speculatively high prices, today our suppliers are finding these casks a bit easier to replace and that means they're less likely to offer them at outrageous mark ups. We snatch them up! This gorgeous 25 year years is easily the equal (I prefer it) to the distillery's own 25 year and it's priced at nearly 1/10th the rate. A nose of salted fruit, hints of sea spray and toasty sweetness. The malt turns up on the palate, rich old wooden furnishing, and the tiniest hint of smoke. A truly special whisky at any price, but look at the price! Come on?!?!

By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/23/2016 | Send Email
I liked this whisky when I first tasted it, and having just revisited it, I am simply astounded by this bottle. This has so many things going on in its favor that it is almost hard to begin. On the nose there is a salted fruit note that combines hints of green apple with white peach and honey. Then into a smooth, elegant body with the complexity that only happens when whisky has been sitting in barrel for this long. Baking spice finish with sweet grain notes and some peat and smoke that just keep going. Basically this is delicious, then you look at the price, look away, and look again to make sure we are not fooling you. Yes, this amazing 25-year-old cask strength, single barrel whiskey is $150. Buy one, you are welcome.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/10/2016 | Send Email
This is old unpeated Scotch at its very best, and at an incredible price given its age. If you like the salt air and haunting complexity of the best of Islay, but can do without the oppressive peat, this satisfying malt will thrill you.

By: Sal Rodriguez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/10/2016 | Send Email
A bright, lifted, tropical note (think banana custard) right off the top invites you in for a sip. Although there's said to be a little peat used in it, I don't notice it enough to put off anyone who might dislike peat. A rather lovely, sip-able, 25 year old scotch that finishes with a hint of sea salt. You could find other 25 year old scotches priced much higher than this, so you can consider this a real value. We should see this move rather quickly so don't wait!

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Alcohol Content (%): 50.7