Jul 012012

Bunnahabhain Darach Ur

46.3% abv

Score:  79.5/100


Darach Ur.  Gaelic for ‘New Oak’.  Yep…it sure is.  Holy hell.  You want tasting notes?  Ok.  Oak…oak…oak…vanilla…oak.

Seriously though…oak and vanilla.  Poached pear and rose petals.  Ginger and grapefruit.  Bourbon and pepper.  And oak.  This is not exciting.  With the brilliant strides Bunnahabhain have taken with the recent re-releases of the 12, 18 and 25, I came in to this one with higher expectations than were perhaps fair.  Either way…

Much more happening on the palate than the nose.  But wham! what an arrival.  Like being hit in the mouth with a whisky-soaked 2×4.  Malt-soaked white fruits and ginger candy.  Toothpicks and barley.  Perhaps the faintest echo (perhaps) of smoke.

Ok…Bunna’s folks have claimed malts aged up to 20 years in here.  Really?  These must have been measured in thimblefuls.  This certainly doesn’t present like a whisky with much age to its credit, but…hey…I’ve been fooled before.

I believe you can only find this in Duty Free or at the distillery.  Don’t sweat it.  Do rush out and give Bunna your money…just make sure you’re getting something like the standard 18 y.o. in return.


– Reviewed by:  Curt

– Photo:  Piers

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  3 Responses to “Bunnahabhain Darach Ur Review”

  1. Hefty thanks to my mate, Piers, for both sample and bottle shot. Yer a good man. Cheers!

  2. Hi folks,
    Sorry I’m not part of any whisky forum, I enjoy this blog, and hoping it’s OK to post a recommendation request. One of my interests concerns Bunnahabhain and my shopping will be duty free (passing thru Heathrow next week) so I figure this is a good place to post. Looking thru http://www.worldofwhiskies.com, it’s a litre of Bunnahabhain Cruach-Mhona or a litre of Talisker 57 North that has peaked my interest. Any suggestions/recommendations? Forget it and purchase the 18 of either? Thanks, Joe

    • Cruach-Mhona (pronounced crew fona, if I recall) is ok. Haven’t tried the 57 North. But either Talisker or Bunna 18 are knockouts. Depends if you’re looking for a sure-bet or out to try something new.

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