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Bunnahabhain 12-year-old

Overall rating
84.75/100
votes
980
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

€ 50.25

61 × in wishlist

980 × member ratings

2868 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 12-year-old

84 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.75 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. 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

  3. MrDvorak scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. GJR scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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)

  10. Apikalov scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

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