Thursday 5 April 2018

Bunnahabhain 1987 Wemyss 'The Viceroy's Elixir' Review

Hi everyone,

Choo! Choo! Here comes the hype train!
Lots of folks reviewing this one at the moment, and even more giving it a big ol’ thumbs up so I knew to keep an eye out for it.
I’ve been a big fan of Wemyss bottlings, although I’ve only tried a few. The casks are sourced and selected by Charlie MacLean, the monocle wearing whisky encyclopaedia. And to be honest, I don’t think the prices are too bad either, even if most of the stuff is at 46%.
This dram was thanks to the kind people of Maltstock.
Bunnahabhain 1987 Wemyss Vicroy's Elixir 46%
Colour: Dark Amber
Body: Full
Nose: What a CASK! Beautiful Sherry, so dark and rich, fig, prune, date, raisin, thick, Christmas pudding, orange, leather, dark chocolate. Complex. Dry oak underneath. Nutty with marzipan, raspberry and black pepper.
Taste: Sweet and full, then recedes, layers and layers of sweetness and complex oak, fig and prune, dry old oak, dunnage and leather, orange, oily, building this nice black pepper. Quite a dry development.
Finish: Long length. Mouthwatering, lots of oak, dry, black pepper really comes through nicely.
A tad too dry but bloody good! The joint best Bunna I’ve tried, the other being the 45yo Port Askaig.

Distillery: Bunnahabhain
Average Score: 75.3
Up/Down: 35th> 32nd (Up 3)

Thanks for reading!

Scotch Review #603
Whisky Network Review #715

Network Average: 74.6
Best Score: 94
Worst Score: 12
0-49 Terrible
50-59 Bad
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
70-74 Good
75-79 Very Good
80-84 Excellent
85-89 Superb
90+ Magnificent

Full Disclosure Disclaimer: I currently work as a Brand Ambassador for Penderyn Distillery. The views expressed here are purely my own and do not reflect the views of Penderyn Distillery or The Welsh Whisky Company. I try to maintain as much objectivity as I can but feel free to take my reviews with as big a pinch of salt as you like. Furthermore, my rating scale is NOT based on a Parker type wine scoring scale or a school/college/university % or A-F grade score. You can find more on my scoring here. I apologise for any seemly low or 'bad' scores given with my system and I am sorry I can't say only nice things. Please keep in mind that I am ethically compromised and I am unable to produce 100% unbiased reviews.

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