My Tasting Notes:
Colour: Pale straw
Nose: Vanilla, hay, lemon zest, porridge, quite a bit of rubber.
Palate: Tea, cereals, fresh and slightly bitter herbs, just faint hints of mixed fruit, ginger and pepper.
Finish: Very long and dry.
Overall: For a 30 year old whisky this Bunnahabhain seems amazingly immature. This was clearly not the best cask of 1978. The whisky is very complex and strongly flavoured but the overall impression is not very pleasurable. But yet there it has a captivating element, a bit like you can be fascinated by an ugly face. It is one of the rare cases where neither score nor tasting notes are really sufficient to describe a whisky.
Rating: 77/100 – Price Tag $$$$$ – Value for your Money $$$$$