Bunnahabhain 12-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Small Batch Distilled
Stated Age
12 years old
46.3 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
29 Sep 2017 7:11 pm by Love street

Average value

€ 46,10

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Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 12-year-old

50 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.86 points

  1. Pollenflug scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      My first impression is dominated by pleasant sherry influences and fresh (salty sea air) as well as floral notes. The alcohol (46.3%) is very well integrated and not noticeable. Sweet honey, nice caramel flavors, oranges, cherries, marzipan, lightly roasted malt, nuts, chocolate, spicy oak and a very soft hint of smoke are slowly rising from my glass. The scent is very full-bodied and strong. The beautiful complexity always surprises me again for a "only" 12 years old standard whisky.
    • Taste
      Strong start with a pleasantly oily texture. A slight tingling puts on the tongue tip (pepper / ginger). Sweet honey and caramel notes are immediately present and form the basis of taste. Toasted malt, walnuts, cocoa / chocolate, spices, ripe apples, oranges and dark sherry fruits (plums & cherries) mingle with the sweet foundation. The spicy oak notes intensify slightly in comparison to the nose and round off the aromatic variety with a maritime touch. Deeply hidden in the background, I register again a soft smoky note. The malt is wonderfully soft, varied and balanced. But beware: dangerously tasty!
    • Finish
      Medium to long, spicy-sweet and warm. Mild sherry notes, caramel, malt and nutty chocolate gently end the Bunnahabhain. The spicy oak notes are palpable, but never too intrusive or dominant. I perceive neither bitterness nor dryness on the palate.

  2. Misery scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Very good, in a sniffer it develops into bright dried fruits without losing its pleasant creaminess and roundness.
    • Nose
      Raisins, dried apricots, ripe cherries, cream, wood chips, a little vanilla, a little red ripe apples.
    • Taste
      Sweet, sherry, creamy. Almost completely echoes the aroma with a dominant effect in raisins and dried apricots.
    • Finish
      Medium-long, sweet and creamy with a touch of salt. A piece of wood, a handful of dried fruits and nuts, and again creaminess.

  3. Archer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    What a nice standard. The 46.3% fit perfectly. The focus has been moved a bit far in the direction of the sherry barrel, but he is good to face.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Sherry-stressed heavy and intense nose with overripe grapes, raisins, dates, prunes. Chopped hazelnuts and almonds. Orange jam. Canned peaches. Some cinnamon and marjoram. A hint of sea air.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Dry and on the tongue sherrybetonter entrance. Instant dry oak with raisins and dried apricots. Slightly salty and a hint of smoke. Mild herbs and spices. Hazelnuts, almonds, honey, caramel sweets. Marzipanbrot. Rapid astringent.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium long and extremely dry. Still the dried fruits from the nose and tongue. Oak and a hint of smoke.

  4. GJR scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  5. Bomshanka scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Comparative tasting of the Bunnahabhain 12 (2016 - old design) and 12 (2019 - new design). Very nice sherry casks in both versions, but 2016 seems more restrained, less forced on wood, while 2019 is brighter and more sappy. 2016 is noticably darker in colour than 2019 (both uncoloured) which alludes to more refill being used in newer bottlings. Probably the same old song of fewer quality casks around. The older version scores higher for a more complex and less strained experience. Both are great quality unpeated islay sherry whiskies and a good price for 12 years.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Sweet, dark fruits, raisins, bright sherry, freshly cut oak, slightly leathery, faint oily scent. Something flinty, burnt granite from a fireplace.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Sweet & sour oaky sugar sap, sultanas, figs, dried apricot. Slightly salty, minerally. Dirty oily soily in a strangely well mannered fashion. Quite pleasant, but also a little exhausting for the palate.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Drying on fruit and oak, medium lenght. Not terribly eventful.

  6. keizerjos scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Es look. No, smell it first. Deep pededal raisins, apricots. Awesome. Sherrybom first class, Glendronach Allardice 18 comes to mind. Taste just as impressive as the smell predicts. Toffee, caramel, magic balls, raisins in the distance - if you look well, definitely not compelling. Fine wood in the soft dry finish. Wow. Torch roof.
    2/2 Seriously tasting, after Glenmorangie 10 & QR as an appetizer: great scent, Islay or not - I don't smell peat. Again very tasty, with some peppermint filling as in after eight. Delicious dry sherry aftertaste. Still nothing, no peat. TO BUY!

  7. ezioaudit scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

  8. Kprut scored this whisky 77 points Member Junior

    An honest dram, which sins in the pungent and annoying alcoholic presence, influence of the important cask (until it becomes slightly astringent) and a sour vinous note that goes little with the sweetness of the remaining sweet and creamy bouquet.
    He does a bit of punching with himself

  9. ctu scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Very pleasant unpeated sherried Islay, great value for money!
    • Nose
      Floral. Sherry, citruses, honey, caramel, marzipan and vanilla.
    • Taste
      Citruses, ginger and pepper, honey, caramel, sherry, forest friuts and spicy oak.
    • Finish
      Medium length, sweet, spicy.

  10. thijs100 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Red grape juice, marzipan and candied oranges, as well as a touch of caramel, ripe banana and vanilla custard. There's a whiff of oak shavings as well, but very subtle. Slightly farm-y even.
    • Taste
      Caramel and a whiff of smoke, accompanied by tannins and a nice amount of spices, like nutmeg and cracked black peppercorns. Notes of sweet dried fruits as well, with a subtle nuttiness. Full-bodied.
    • Finish
      Lingering spices. Dark caramel. Charred oak.


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