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Bunnahabhain 12-year-old

Overall rating
84.94/100
votes
1366
Whiskybase ID
WB101495
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Small Batch Distilled
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
12 years old
Strength
46.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
PO40338L5
Barcode
5029704217366
Added on
29 sep 2017 7:11 pm by Love street
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 52.42

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Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 12-year-old

105 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.94 points

  1. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    It’s been a while since I reviewed a Bunna 12. It must have been over a year ago. Things did change over the past years. My first Bunna 12 was extremely focused to iodine and other medicinal notes but without the peat. It was a really unusual fellow. Later more balance came in. However it changed, Bunna 12 has always been a solid score. I can’t imagine this has changed with todays bottlings. Let’s find out.
    • Nose
      Immediately a full and flavorful nose! Rich smells of sherried oak, red fruits, oranges, earthy flavors, walnut and Arabic orientated spices. It’s balanced, powerful but accessible at the same time. On the nose one still can’t go wrong with Bunna 12!
    • Taste
      Smooth (even a bit silky maybe), gentle, tasteful and balanced are words that come to my mind here. It really acts like a young gentleman on the palate. It gives me juicy oranges, forest fruits, roasted nuts, clove, nutmeg and cinnamon. There’s a good healthy bite to it after a while on the palate as in black pepper. Lovely stuff!
    • Finish
      The finish is medium long and is being lead in by juicy fruits. Orchard fruits and orange fruits mainly. After that a pleasant spiciness kicks in, offering rich flavors and a rather vibrant mouthfeel. Behind that I get the, for me, typical earthy character, created by not cleaning the stills after several peated spirit runs, that remains for quite a while.

      Nope this is definitely not a bad buy! On the contrary: this is one of the best and most steady BFYB money can buy! I want to try and buy myself a version from before the rebranding again, just to compare!

  2. 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.

  3. erwinnlim scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Such a high quality, well made, 'entry level' malt. I find this just in it's sweet spot, perfectly balanced between cask influence and spirit character. Value (£35) : 9/10.
    • Nose
      A lovely, complex nose. Sweet notes initially. Butterscotch, vanilla and marzipan. Then the sherry notes come through with notes of dark fruit. An especially generous amount of thick, sweet figs and orange zest. Demarara sugar and sticky toffee pudding. Darker notes of ground roast coffee. Then that coastal sea salt comes through. Some slight ginger spice. Definitely the star of the show here.
    • Taste
      Good oily mouthfeel. That butterscotch sweetness comes through again along with some honey but not as dominant as on the nose. Here more of the ginger and oak spice comes through,. Plenty of cinnamon and bittersweet mocha. Again more fruit with figs, orange, cherries and dried plums. Then again that salty note appears and carries it into the finish.
    • Finish
      More salt and spice led now. The tongue prickled from black pepper warmth and some drying oak spice. Quite nutty as well, I picture salted hazelnuts. As the heat resolves, the salt takes over, medium in length.

  4. lys1 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    A very good sherried whisky, especially age and price taken into account. Good fruitiness is balanced with a little punch from ABV and oak. In my opinion, the best "neat". The nose gets a little better with water, but it goes at the expense of taste. I'm going to buy a bottle of this!
    • Nose
      87 87
      Sherry, consisting of dried fruits such as prunes, but also dark fruits such as plums. Sea spray and spice tones balance it all in a nice way.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Relatively thick mouthfeel. Initially, it is the sherry that is dominant, but with hints of sweetness and vanilla from the burbon dishes. Then comes a punch of spice notes and pepper from the European oak.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Short to medium. Spice tones and a slightly oily mouthfeel remain

  5. MrDvorak scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 84pts – |83 – 86 (B) → Good| — Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have.
    • Nose
      86 86
      The nose is beautifully balanced and neat with notes of raisins, dried apricots, ripe cherry and vanilla.
    • Taste
      84 84
      The taste is quite sweet, well sherried and creamy with hints of brown raisins, assorted dried fruits and caramel.
    • Finish
      83 83
      The finish is medium lenght, creamy and sweet along with nice nuttiness and fruitiness on the back.

  6. LordBellamy scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    with water. No, it's so perfectly adjusted

    Conclusion: What a grenade for a standard whisky, balanced, harmonious, great combination of sherry and bourbon barrels, plus this salt twist and the subtly dirty Bunnanote - excellent!
    • Nose
      86 86
      salty and sweet, malt, leather, spicy oak, nutty, subtle dried fruits, nice and strong, the alcohol is well integrated, some vanilla comes through, orange peel, some leather, a few raisins
    • Taste
      87 87
      soft and oily start, here the sherry is clearer, malty, caramel, prunes, raisins, then oak and salt come into play
    • Finish
      87 87
      medium length, warming, nice sherry flavor, honey, caramel, salt, oak seasoning

  7. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky 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.

  8. 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.

  9. GJR scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  10. joeynoreen scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  11. Emperor69 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Bunnahabhain 12YO

    Category: Single Malt
    Manufacturer and bottler: Bunnahabhain Distillery (Distell Group)
    Region: Islay
    Fortress: 46.3%
    Volume: 700 ml
    Bottling date: 03/22/2021
    Barrel type: Ex-bourbon and ex-sherry
    Age: 12 years old
    Filtration: not done
    Dye: none

    Nose. Salted water, smoked cherries, prunes, black dried apricots and raisins, milk chocolate, toffee, peanut butter, walnuts, wet sawdust, iodine, apples, pears, plum jam, licorice, ginger, pepper. Woody, mineral, marine and perceptibly sherry nose. Gives a good impression of quality cask picking work.

    Taste. Very woody and nutty (like biting off a piece of a freshly planed board and eating it with oatmeal cookies with peanuts and almonds), salty, light pepperiness, bitterness of dark chocolate and sweetness of caramel and dried fruits, sourness of berries and citrus zest. Soft for 46.3%, easy to drink and with an interesting bouquet of whisky, but this emphasis on "wood" is slightly confusing, somehow strangely perceived.

    Aftertaste. Average. There is no special dryness, bitterness. Roasted almonds, coffee, grape combs, wood, frozen berries. The aftertaste, for some reason, is most liked by this whisky.

    Outcome. A slightly unusual whisky, something new. An interesting combination of sherry character with a marine profile without a hint of peat, but with too intense, as for me, tannedness. Obviously his own original style, although not quite my own, is to be commended.

    Rating: 84 out of 100.

  12. Thatch scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Fruity malt, very flavorful for 12 years, noticeable cask influence from both the oak and sherry. Partly too alcoholic, tingles on the tongue, even with water. All in all a good inexpensive entry-level whisky. I lack the sophistication for more, something special.

  13. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2022/04/13/loose-ends-spring-2022/

    C: When in a pub/bar, the Bunna 12 remains a solid selection. As ever, it has plenty to offer the beginner and enthusiast alike. Quibbles? It plays a little safe/clinical for my liking, but the quality of the malt still occupying supermarket shelves – with an age statement – is as high as ever.

  14. zzqfyl scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  15. TimkoT scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  16. Obynapewno scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Smoke, dried fruit, leather, wood, chocolate
    • Taste
      oily, feel the influence of sherry, also feel that it is not only 40%, raisins, prunes, chocolate, nuts
    • Finish
      medium-long

  17. Spoerkel scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Bunnahabhain is lucky to have such a great malt in the core range. Bourbon cask and nuttiness complement each other wonderfully to create a malt that is mild but very expressive for 12 years. A very neat PLV.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  18. DistiLesha scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Something connoisseurs underestimated this molt.
    In my opinion, a very solid and high-quality whisky, the same old and kind, but not the one that many distilleries have been producing in recent years.
    You can feel the honesty of aging in an honest barrel, not to mention good strength, cold filtration and natural color.
    For beginners, a very worthy copy that is worth the money!
    • Nose
      Vanilla
      Paste
      Zephyr
      red apple
      Acetals
      Woody notes
    • Taste
      Powerful
      Saturated
      sherry
      Sweetness
      Bitterness
      Light sourness
      Slightly tanned
      a little bit of buna rubberiness
    • Finish
      Very long
      Sweet
      The sourness of the lemon sticks out to the fore
      Purely classic such a rubber light shade

  19. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    This steady Bunna expression almost never disappoints. In my opinion it’s one of the best entry core range whisky out there. No matter which batch you exactly have.
    • Nose
      Lovely maritime nose. Fresh sherry flavors. Sweet, salty and some nuttiness. Balance is good. The nose has lots to offer. Fruitiness in like oranges and orange peel, dried plumbs and some apricot. Sweetness in like caramel fudge and vanilla. Also a wee nuttiness in like salted and roasted nuts.
    • Taste
      Again it’s balanced. Flavors are rather harmonious and friendly to the palate. Saltiness, orange, oaky flavors and ginger powder. Some mocha/chocolate flavors are there as well as a hint off coffee. It’s not overly complex but it’s tasteful and lively.
    • Finish
      Medium length. More sherry flavors here. Dried fruits, mild spices, saltiness and a whiff of smoke.

      A pleasant, more then decent and steady dram!

  20. WhiskeyfanRoy scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    How did Bunnahabhain do it?
    Perfect balance, intense and elegant aromas, extremely supple on the palate.
    If I don't name its year, I'd think it's a 14~16 year old whisky.
    Provide perfect work at low price,
    This is a whisky that benefits the drinker.
    How respectable!
    86 points for the taste, plus 1 point for the price, for a total of 87 points.

  21. d1scostu scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  22. Opeth83 scored this whisky 65 points Expert Senior

    I think this was a 2020 bottle not sure.

    But what a horror dram. Bunna is all about sherry , poor sulphered sherry.

  23. Marcel74 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Tasty sherry influences, a winner among the 12-year-old whiskys
    • Nose
      Fresh and aromatic, sweet and dark red tropical fruit
      Banana
    • Taste
      Fruity, nutty, sweet, vanilla, caramel, spicy
    • Finish
      Tall and rich

  24. Jimbeau scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  25. Killswitch scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

  26. F_Weinberg scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Cracking Islay single malt. Very drinkable, but with plenty of layers and elements that get highlighted on each different sip. Often on sale for around £30 from Waitrose or Amazon, this one's a no-brainer. Top marks for 46%, no chill-filtration and natural colour also.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Salty, seaweed - slightly sour note? Shellfish. Sherried nuttiness, like hazelnuts.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Smooth & Creamy - chocolate, nuts, strong raisin note. Juicy and oily. After a few minutes, chocolate covered almond note coming through. Faint whiff of soft smoke.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Juicy, sherried mouthfeel that lasts for ages. Slight spice, oak, some green herbs (parsley). Rich and well-integrated alcohol.

  27. romantickizzel scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    Along with Caol Ila one of the classic standard 12 year olds a must try ...

  28. Thermidor scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    This new "red stripe" Bunna 12yo seems to be more on the casks than the previous version was. I don't recall quite this much sherry notes in the previous one.
    • Nose
      A nutty sherry meets slight seaside vibes and faint sootiness. A little bit of red wine vinegar, a fistful of various nuts, brown sugar, nougat, and sourdough. Some cinnamon and cardamom whispers. More expressive on the nose than the last Bunna 12 version I tried, but it feels like this character is mostly derived from the cask.
    • Taste
      A big body on the tongue for sure, with lots of oily barley notes meeting nutty and rather tasty sherry. More peppery than the Tobermory 10 and 12yo I tried this one with, and a bit drying. This is actually surprisingly sherried. I recall the last version being more on the distillate, and as such maybe more to my taste. Brown sugar and chocolate, which I don't remember from the earlier versions.
    • Finish
      The finish is a bit hollow. Drying, resinous, sherry-ish.

  29. The_Osprey scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    Bunnahabhain 12. From an old bottling consumed Aug 2018. Aroma is stupidly sherry in a green apple sort of way, plastic and sherry, very spiritous, faint coffee grounds, washing powder, raw alcohol. Wow, weird. I'm not sure I like it but it softened given time. Taste is pretty punchy peat with lots of salt, peach-apple background. Good balance of sweetness and peat. Modern bottlings are apparently less peated - this one is really punchy in its peat levels. A little vodka-like into the finish. A bit rough I thought - I will have to try a newer bottling at some point to compare. (3.1/74)

  30. Apikalov scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  31. Martin1965 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  32. dimitrios scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  33. riegerjonas scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    2021-08-22: Upgrade from 87 to 89 points. It always really likes it!
    2021-03-11
    • Nose
      90 90
      Sherry, bread, delicately smoky, dry sweet, raisins, dried fruits, light vanilla, minimally sour
    • Taste
      89 89
      not very smoky with a pleasant sweetness, roasted nuts, surprisingly light
    • Finish
      87 87
      short and not very intense

  34. MLE scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  35. DramTimeDE scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  36. Wtrstrnghlt scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  37. Lukas_Kiene scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Tasting as a blind sample: After the dissolution, I was amazed at first. So I didn't remember the Bunna 12 (as far as I know from older batches). Back then, the one with was much more voluminous. Maybe it's the batch? In any case, he was very nice, but couldn't really convince.

    Edit: Much better at the second tasting! Apparently very dependent on the form of the day :)
    • Nose
      84 84
      Initially alcoholic, slightly nutty, some marzipan, pleasant sweetness, dry wood, restrained red fruit notes in the background, sweet dry hazelnuts, vanilla ice cream. Over time, the alcohol fades away and the aromas become softer, sweeter and more fruity.

      Edit: Much better after a second tasting! Pleasantly soft and with great red fruit notes, plus sweet nuts. Delicious!
    • Taste
      84 84
      Pleasant, almost creamy sweetness. In addition, delicate tart nut notes, some caramel, toffee, light red fruit notes in the background, delicately spicy wood and a little cocoa.

      Edit: Pretty tasty here at the second tasting too. A little more spicy compared to the last time, but more red fruits.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Somewhat flat, slightly tart, delicately bitter. Some spicy moist wood remains.

      Edit: Yep, unfortunately still pretty flat and slightly bitter. In return, more red fruits remain. And it stays very long!

  38. Vagmanou scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    One of the most consistent whisky i ever tried.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Sweet, the sherry is overwelming, dried figs, dark chocolate, lot of vanilla, floral, honey and sweet wax
    • Taste
      85 85
      Sweet, dried fruits (figs and dates), floral, nuts, molasses and chocolate (reminds me more of milk chocolate)
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium finish, sweet. candy, dried fruits, molasses, chocolate (in a baked pastry), spearmint and spicy

  39. hafssol scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Very round and warming taste. The wood is clearly present, alongside some red and dried fruit. The result is balanced and rewarding, especially for a wintertime dram.

  40. Tordeaux scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  41. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nice sweet caramel sherry malt with no peat at all
    • Nose
      The sweet mix of caramel, orange, and cherry
    • Taste
      Sweet, oily pepper, medium sherry flavor (very mild cherry?)
    • Finish
      Short, sweet, and spicy

  42. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  43. snaotheus scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Some peat, some sherry, very fruity, lots of vanilla
    • Taste
      86 86
      Also some peat, lots of sherry, very fruit, lots of vanilla.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Fruit and vanilla

  44. gaboruso scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  45. Eilean a' Cheo scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Tasted it blind and I found it really well structured
    • Nose
      88 88
      Apples both red and green, chestnuts, mashed potato and strawberry jam with lime juice
    • Taste
      86 86
      There is clear salinity now, slightly watery but very well balanced between fruit acidity and some nice leathery sherry notes. The whole mouthfeel is also nicely mild mentholated.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Fresh with nice salinity plus some herbs and distant mocha notes.

  46. Dre73 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Clearly some fruity sherry notes and spicy, full taste without being too hefty. Pretty smooth.
    As far as I can remember the older bottling, this new one is more sherrycask driven, where the older on appeared more spicy to me.
    Still a great whisky, never disappointing for its price.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Clearly some sherrynotes, raisins, sour citrus, chocolate, orange. Also some red fruits, forest fruits. Spicy. Later on it gets somewhat 'darker', hints of bonfire smoke and burnt nuts.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Full taste and body, without being very peppery or pickering. Spicy, fruity, soft and pretty smooth. Some chocolate, orange, honey.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Now a little more pickering, more sweets, honey, some orange and chocolate. Warming. Spicy, middle long finish.

  47. Mapl scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  48. YD84 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  49. DanishDistilled scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    In my opinion a bit unbalanced, because of the over-salty notes.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Fruity and fine nose with subtle smokiness. Salt, seaweed, mineral, caramel. Develops sweeter, fruitier notes after a minute. Apples, pears. Can't tell for sure whether there are sherry notes, but I think so.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Maritime saltiness, mineral, very light peat smoke, very salty. Smooth. Some apples and plums.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Salty, medium-long. Develops very little over time. A touch of white oak.

  50. AntonArkhipov scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Awesome! 21/21/20/21
    • Nose
      Multilayer aroma: Sherry, fruit, red mountain ash, light musty, jam and halva
    • Taste
      Prunes
    • Finish
      Red rowan, medium duration

  51. Jabarkas scored this whisky 75 points Member Senior

    Not my cup of... whisky. But a great non-smoky dram.
    • Nose
      Wood and malt on the nose. Some caramel and raisins as well. I felt some citruses and first.
    • Taste
      Sweetness, raisins, spiciness, caramel. Sherry notes. Honey with some added water.
    • Finish
      Caramel, malt. Oaky wood.

  52. Alessandr0 scored this whisky 86 points Newbie

    Strange sensations. It is sweet on the nose, tastes standard, but pleasant. In general, I liked the drink. But I could not single out any individual notes. Overall very good, I would buy another bottle.

  53. Svarttt scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    One of the best standards on the market. It is always worthwhile.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  54. martinbutterfly scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Name: Bunnahabhain
    Series: Small Batch Distilled
    Distillery / Bottler: Distillery Bottling
    Age: 12yo
    Distilled / Bottled: 2010'-2017
    ABV: 46.3%
    Casks: Sherry & Bourbon
    Cask # Bd
    Bottle: N / A
    wb # 101495
    ***
    ????: gold
    ????: intense, volatile, sweet, wine, quite fresh, angry, bourbon-wine, slightly earthy, subtle seainess and a breeze,
    ????: intense, well laid out, sherry, coherent, sweet, yum yum, nice nicely covered, power super just in time
    ????: sweet, not too long
    ***
    Typical DD or even something more. Such a sweet netflix pychotka! :) I like this Bunnka for its smoothness and not such obviousness!
    ????: 4.5 / 10
    ????: 86/100

  55. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    quite complex and tasty, a good 12 year standard
    • Nose
      87 87
      Sherry, fruity sues with caramel and vanilla
    • Taste
      86 86
      fruity sues with light smoke and spices, sherry also appears.
    • Finish
      86 86
      fruity sues with sherry, oak and malt

  56. Pa_G scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

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

  57. Dionysus scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Very nice and good price for a dram of their core range.
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      86 86

  58. Dris scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  59. Bomshanka scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    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.

  60. keizerjos scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    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!

  61. ezioaudit scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

  62. Kprut scored this whisky 77 points Member Senior

    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

  63. 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.

  64. 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.

  65. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  66. SRB scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  67. S_S scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    A great standard for me. The perfect introduction to the whisky experience, just to try for friends. In direct comparison with the 18er weiger spice, but more fruit. I like it as much as the 18's.

    One who belongs in the bar.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  68. HW74 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    For a standard 12-year-old bottling this is an absolute recommendation compared to other 12 standards. Especially price-performance match. Can even score in direct comparison with the 18-year-old brother.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  69. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Balance (21.5)
    Unexpectedly good molt (85.5)
    • Nose
      Citruses, wax, oil for inhalation, spices and cherries, varnished wood, chocolate ... pleasant, sherry aroma (unexpectedly) (21.5)
    • Taste
      Oily, fruity, spicy (21)
    • Finish
      Finished spicy, wine ... leather and tobacco, cream and baked goods, caramelized apple (21.5)

  70. kot1803 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  71. Bam scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    One of my favorite standards, which I always like to buy, tastes better than most 18-year-olds. The sherry makes itself more through nutty aromas, and less noticeable about the fruit. The salty, slightly mineral Bunnahabhain character is beautifully interwoven with the barrel flavors and the oak.
    • Nose
      Starts with nutty, sweet, sherry flavors, hazelnuts, nougat and caramel. There are also red dried fruits such as dates, figs and raisins. Also a salty / maritime touch with a mineral touch and a fresh citrus note are there.
    • Taste
      Strong onset, oily mouthfeel. Again sweet and nutty, with some roasted aromas, roasted hazelnuts, dark nougat, with a few raisins. Salty then briefly / mineral, before, the oak takes over, and brings spices like nutmeg, cloves and white pepper.
    • Finish
      Medium. The oak dominates, slightly bitter, espresso. Dark caramel. Nutmeg and cloves.

  72. Ostap scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    The standard sherry pattern is pretty simple, but cute. There is some difficulty in the aftertaste.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Immediately bright sherry, a lot of oak, raisins, candied fruits, nuts, a little mushrooms, lime, cookies, condensed milk, vegetable theme, iris, a protein cream with acid (like the one covered with the cake "Hoarfrost"), hazelnuts.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Heresy, strong, citrus (lemon), acid.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Sour sherry, dries, a little heavy, many days, knits, closer to average.

  73. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2019/06/25/b-sides-another-half-dozen-2/

    An old favourite tasted blind.

    N: Linseed, putty, potting sheds,… all sorts and old skool in style.
    T: With a larger ppm count than usual [coming from a previous Laphroaig I reckon – whoops], this is a cracking batch that offers something for everyone.
    F: Finishes aptly.
    C: This is certainly the best 12yo Bunna I’ve had [and I’ve had a few], likely aided by previous drams so I need to be careful with scoring here. Maybe someone should start ageing Bunnahabhain in ex-Laphroaig casks if they haven’t already.

  74. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2019/05/13/feis-ile-2018-bunnahabhain-open-day/

    The old faithful, ha! - currently made up of 75% bourbon-matured juice.

    N: Finally, a whisky with some decent ageing signs, though those casks are still dominant. Notes then of vanilla putty cream, a slight lactose fungal depth and rich & literal bourbon notes.
    T: Fairly weighty presence, malty, dry, creamy & spicy. Everything’s well tempered but there is an underlying uneasiness from some spicy heat lurking in the wings.
    F: The finish is like a creamy Jim Beam bourbon which spoils any illusions of grandeur beyond the sum of its parts.
    C: Despite wildly differing batch variations, I always liked the 12yo. This is a fair example though there are still 1990’s bottlings going at auction for the same price as contemporary expressions.

  75. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2019/04/03/whiskylive-2019-day-1-part-2/

    Bunnahabhain state ‘Small Batch Distilled’ on the label !!

    C: Very much a savoury, almost sour affair compared to the previous two Deanston. Tastes contemporary with an illusion of youth & age as if there’s 8 and 16yo juice inside. The mouthfeel is where it’s at. Otherwise, there’s something rather innocuous about this current 12yo batch.

  76. Captain.Islay scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Great everyday whisky, good drinking, some complexity, alcohol well integrated, fun and tastes good
    • Nose
      85 85
      Honey, nut mix, redcurrant, orange, coconut, lime zest, some apple, later some candy
    • Taste
      85 85
      Oily, ginger, cashew nuts, plum, fresh wood, vanilla
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium length, cappuccino, milk chocolate

  77. domani scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Undoubtedly the best 12-year standard whisky on the market for me. A showcase example of how to create a multi-faceted and complex whisky and produce it in large quantities without having to set in motion a marketing machine that drives up the price. Here you get a high-quality whisky at an affordable price and deserves the highest recognition - 08.03.2019
    • Nose
      Soft sherry aromas, flowery, fruity, orange peel, quince, unripe cherry, honey, dried bananas and apricots, chocolate, cashew nuts. The alcohol content is very good as well as the maritime impact. Both very rich but well balanced. The roasted aromas and spiciness make it very mature and older
    • Taste
      Very sweet at the beginning and to a creamy texture, spicy, light roasted aromas and here again the maritime note, ginger on the tip of the tongue, honey, fruity, orange, apple, again dried fruit, the alcohol is very well integrated and completes everything from and he gets drier towards the end
    • Finish
      medium

  78. diamond2000 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Aroma: caramel, candy, dark chocolate with raisins, blackcurrant jam, dried fruits (apples, pears), honey, flowers, lime, spicy pickle cucumber, menthol freshness. Very pleasant aroma, sweet and fruity, dominated by sherry.

    Taste: dried apples, pears, prunes, spices for mulled wine, a little pepper, bitter roasted walnuts, peanut butter, salted caramel.

    Finish: medium length, dried apples and pears, not sweet uzvar, a little salinity on the tongue.

    Rating: 85

  79. gerardvw scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Sherry, Dried Fruit, Raisin
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  80. JNuyts scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      77 77

  81. Ivynor scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Nose a little neutral, needs aeration. Traces of dry sherry, dried fruits (hazel nut), some plums, mocha and cocoa. No trace of peat.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Mouth well marked sherry, a lot of green hazelnut, mocha, made dry but pleasant. A little charcoal, mineral. End of mouth more on the plum. Very convincing for the price.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long finish, always on the nutty, some vegetable tips, mocha, very dry sherry.

      A very good value for money. I recommend.

  82. pianoman scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fresh. Green apple, lime zest, unripe light grapes. Almonds, wet sand, fresh sawdust. Mushrooms, damp forest soil.
    • Taste
      Sweetish, slightly spicy. Light honey, a hint of pepper. Apricot tart. Cornflakes. Milk chocolate, grape seeds.

  83. Frion83 scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    The old 12ka is denser and oily, and what sherry, no one felt in it, right there is a sweetness of alcohol.
    It seems that the sherry barrels in the dough became less, or the refil bourbon was replaced with firstfill, or they were deceiving that the recipe of the dough did not change, or ... all together.
    • Nose
      The first wave of perfume and vanilla. Vegetables, boiled cabbage and stewed zucchini.
    • Taste
      The body is liquid, a little almond, vanilla and oak. Unripe apricots.
    • Finish
      Not long, pustovaty, with alcohol sweetness.

  84. Opeth83 scored this whisky 65 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Sherry, gunpowder, vanilla, little peat
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sherry, vanilla, dried fruit, little peat
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium, sherry, dried fruit, bread, coffee

  85. KayMeertens scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    More sherried than the standard 12-year-old, especially in those red fruits. The sherry influence in the standard one leans more towards caramel.
    • Nose
      A modern sherry influence. Goji berry, cranberry and dried cape gooseberry. A whiff of cabbage. Water lifts some curry spices.
    • Taste
      Goji berry, smoke, almond, raisin and nutmeg. A drop of water releases a more subtle fruitiness of peach and apple.
    • Finish
      Cranberry, chocolate, clove and some peat.

  86. mema82 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  87. lincolnimp scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    It is simple, but does all the basics well, the higher abv than most standard 12 year is welcome.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  88. toklian scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    N 21 P 21 F 20 B 21

  89. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  90. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A very nice 12er, full flavors and nice balance, but rather something for friends of dry Malts!
    • Nose
      Dried fruits extremely, to something very exciting dry, autumn leaves, old chocolate, trail mix, dried apricots, prunes and tangerine, a touch of beautiful sea salt in addition, slightly rustic malt and a hint of smoke from Kokelndem leaves, walnut, marzipan
    • Taste
      Beautiful Sherry influence on the front, prunes, apricots and also cherries, fresh cocoa, very full and juicy,, chocolate, autumn leaves, marzipan, all sorts of nuts, many tannins and barrel, hints of sea salt, dry, dusty furniture, oregano and thyme, a bit Nutmeg and a hint of black pepper
    • Finish
      Dry-sweet, beautiful sherry, red fruits, bitter-dry, dark toffee, cocoa and dark malt, medium to long, surprisingly warm and long for the age

  91. Calmar scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A young, but very balanced and integrated port mole combining marine and industrial derivatives, becomes sweeter in development, dried fruits appear.
    • Nose
      Restrained, moist, fresh vegetables - Margelan radish, mustard salad, rhubarb; salty marine motifs, a little iodine, industrial textiles.
    • Taste
      Saturated, oily, mineral notes, engine oil, metallic sour, black pepper, light peat and plastic shades, a little creamy-sweet notes.
    • Finish
      Spicy, warming, pickled ginger, sea kale, vegetable notes, metallic taste, green grass, sea salt, black pepper.

  92. mer1973 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  93. Allandale scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A good 12 year.
    • Nose
      Very aromatic with a hint of subtile smoke.
    • Taste
      Light fruit on the tongue, bringing you to a spectacular malty sweetness.
    • Finish
      Aftertaste: Long, full, and firm.

  94. spigray scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  95. spigray scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    a very fine dram and for sure a bang-for-your-buck whisky. really high quality and quite complex for a twelver. my compliments to Bunnahabhain! I liked the old one very much, still I find this one a wee bit better. 88/100 (considering the price
    • Nose
      the sherry influence seems to be a little less compared to the older version but they are really quite similar. I presume that the older one could breath for a while (sample), so this could also be the reason for the marginal difference. you could call the new batch a tad rounder. still there is quite some sherry  on raisins, figs and dates. malty and nutty. a touch of icing sugar. orange peels. chestnuts. and a fine thread of smoke.

      After some minutes in the glass I find the old one a bit more sour and the new one oakier and a little earthy.
    • Taste
      starts a little narrow but opens very quickly in the mouth and coats the whole tongue. It has a certain sharpness that does not come from the alcohol, remind me of black pepper and ginger. Other than that it delivers an ultra-clean sherry profile with dried fruit, oranges and quite some salt. don´t get any smoke on the palate. spicy on mild cloves and perhaps fresh green coriander.
    • Finish
      medium and very clean, still a bit salty

  96. DerDennis! scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    Great part, very tasty and definitely worth buying, since the PLV is excellent in my view. You should give it some time in the glass, so it was really good for me.
    • Nose
      Sherry, floral notes, cinnamon, fresh mint, some salt, wood, honey, bitter orange marmalade, light pepper
    • Taste
      tingling, slightly oily, sweet honey, a hint of white pepper, a bit hot, getting dry ... woody, light sherry .... plums ... malty
    • Finish
      long, pleasant spiciness and slight spiciness, sherry and woody notes on the barrel ... very light dryness

  97. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Good price/quality but a quite one-dimensional Bunna with predominantly peaty taste...
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  98. RR60 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  99. Vladimir Ziryanov scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Nose - fresh, powerful enough, sherry-orange-pomegranate, at the end a little cherry pops out, promisingly - 22
    Taste - decently knitting, cherry-sherry, flat - 21
    Finish - slides into some not very noble wine, openly sour, a rather long but not very pleasant aftertaste - 20
    Balance sheet - 21
    Total: 83-84, closer to 84, overstay the previous 12-year regulars a little more like, but this one is quite good as the base

  100. Love street scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  101. Rien scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  102. markjedi1 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Nice all man’s friend that is dangerously quaffable.
    • Nose
      Some orange juice upholstered with bread dough, honey, apricots and something that reminds me of a haystack. Caramel kicks in, quite big. You can smell the barley. It is light, rather easy, but pleasant at the same time.
    • Taste
      The body is surprisingly fatty and immediately the oranges and apricots return, joined by sultanas. Loads of sherry influences. Hazel nuts and almond liqueur kick in. Amaretto on steroids with a pinch of sniffing tobacco.
    • Finish
      The finish is fairly long, sweet and brings a smile to your face.

  103. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A diverse, deep, aroma-dense and yet crystal-clear island malt of twelve years. After the first comparison of the old and (visually) new equipment I can say: The Bunna 12 remains true to itself. The differences are marginal. The "old" Bunna looks a bit more mature, spicier; the "new one" a bit younger, but with a little more sherry and more pronounced mint freshness.
    • Nose
      The slightly salty herbal mixture is there, the sherry is waiting in the background, next to a few fruits of mature kind. In this bottling in the bottle with a new label and new tube I mean a slightly stronger mint fresh note than the "old" 12 Bunna perceive.
    • Taste
      A wonderful tingling, salty-spicy; the fruits come comparatively fast, the sherry is immediately there, the herbs at the end.
    • Finish
      In the finish this time announces a chubby peat note, then light herbs, before dark fruit and sherry form the finale.

  104. Hvdree scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

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