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1988 Bunnahabhain 30 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Refill Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)

SKU #1387618

Bunnahabhain whisky is a perfect fit for refill sherry maturation, and especially for long-term aging. And 30 years is a perfect age for any Scotch, especially from one of the world's great distilleries. $275 is an absurdly low price for these two things in combination. In short, this opportunity was too good to pass up. This is as good as whisky gets, in our opinion. It's dark, rich, and loaded with complexity. The unpeated, slightly saline and very full nature of Bunnahabhain plays perfectly with the refilled sherry butt. Over 30 long years, the whisky naturally proofed itself down to 44.5% ABV — a delightful bit of perfection for drinking neat. It's rare that you taste something so special that everything around you drops away and time seems to stop. This is that whisky. Consider that the distillery's 25-year bottling will easily run you $600 bucks or more, and the $275 for this 30-year cask feels like a gift. In fact, it's the perfect gift to give your dearest friends and maybe even get a second one for yourself.


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Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/13/2018 | Send Email
Few whiskies will match the majestic complexity of old Bunnah in sherry. The fact that it's in second fill makes it that much more special. Imagine where this butt might have been 18 years before it was filled a second time in 1988—probably in some old bodega's oloroso solera dating back decades. So a refill cask from the ‘80s was likely originally coopered sometime around the First World War. The nearly century long journey of that barrel to our supplier’s warehouse and eventually to your glass makes this bottle particularly interesting. But ultimately, it's the destination that makes it truly special. The otherworldly flavors that emanate from the glass are completely bewitching. A complex stew of dark fruit, exotic woods (particularly sandalwood and mahogany), burnt orange peel and this wonderful strange exotic salt. The palate is rich but not stewed or thick. Tons of bold spice and no bitterness even after 30 years. The lowish proof feels somehow like a benefit for once, but DO NOT add water as it's in perfect balance right out of the bottle—a drop of water creates an interesting change in the nose but breaks the delicate palate. A truly distinguished old Islay unlike any other we've ever sold and not likely to be repeated ever again.

Staff Image By: William Beare | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/11/2018 | Send Email
Really, truly, exceptionally good whiskey triggers sense memories for me. The first sip of this heavenly liquid lifted me out of my seat and set me strolling down a New Orleans side street, stopping- transfixed- to watch through a window as pralines were made. Gooey, richly colored caramel and pecan laddled with perfect precision onto waiting sheets of wax paper. Drinking this scotch is like all at once being the praline and watching the process. You feel in every taste bud, at every stage, the perfect balance between earthy smoke, warm, bubbling brown sugar and nutty, almost saline savories. Sweetness on the front-- nutty on the back. Though the high price tag might give you pause, rest assured that Scotch of this quality and pedigree could easily fetch twice what you could bring it home for today.

Staff Image By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/11/2018 | Send Email
Unquestionably one of the finest bottles we have ever sold. The specs are flawless. The price, while high, is an absolute steal. The deep mahogany color entrances you from the get-go. You don't even have to lift the glass to your nose to be hit with the sweet smell of cream, roasted pecans, caramelized sugar, and a faint sherry rancio note. Dive in and the full sensual glory of toffee, apple pie, and caramels fills you with joy. After you come to, you might lift the glass to your mouth and let the richness of the spirit roll over your tongue. An ever-changing array of sweet fruits, damp earth, fresh cream butter, rancio, chocolate, brandied pears cascades down your palate. The finish is dry and spicy with the sweetness of flamed orange peel lingering behind. It's long and clean, endlessly pleasant and certainly of a quality you will not forget.

Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/11/2018 | Send Email
A mature single malt that is lively and drinking well now. The nose is rich and full with sweet floral and dried fruit aromas. In the mouth it is a delicious nectar with rich malt and dried fruit flavors that are mouth-filling. There is a long finish. It was perfect without added water.

Staff Image By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/30/2018 | Send Email
The nose is so floral, spicy, and heady! There’s lavender, lily, and lilac with clove and cardamom pods creating a very deep potpourri aroma verging on burning incense intensity. It also possesses aromas of toasted and candied nuts baking in butter. The ocean brine flavors here will be welcomed by any fan of Bunnahabhain (or other classic island Scotches for that matter). The palate gets dessert-oriented with the candied nuts showing up big, followed by flavors of apple pie and saltwater taffy. As sugar-oriented as it seems initially, when this Scotch moves into its final stages there’s bold leather, herbaceous notes, and brine as it ends very, very dry.

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Varietal:

Malt

Country:

Scotland

Alcohol Content (%): 44.5