This is the 18 year OB expression from Bunnahabahin that’s a mix of ex-bourbon/sherry casks and bottled at 46.3% ABV.
Nose: Very heavy sherry with macerated grapeskins, damp sawdust, banana bread, and toffee notes.
Palate: Surprisingly the oak is quite dominant here turning it bitter and relatively dry – grape juice, tobacco, and cocoa powder round out the profile.
Finish: Mostly muddled sherry and oak – dry and short overall.
Rating: 84/100 – Not quite as good as the OB 25 year, and it somehow tastes older to me with the dominant oak palate oddly enough.
Value for the money: This is where it shows up the 25 year in that it’s almost as good, but it’s $200+ cheaper. I usually see this around $99, and I think that’s a pretty fair price.