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

€ 46,45

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Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 12-year-old

40 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.97 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. 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.

  3. GJR scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  4. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    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)

  5. kot1803 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  6. Misery scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Bunnahabhain 12 yo | 46.3% | 21 + 21 + 21 + 21 = 84pts
    N: Raisins, dried apricots, ripe cherries, cream, wood chips, a little vanilla, a little red ripe apples.
    T: Sweet, sherry, creamy. Almost completely echoes the aroma with a dominant effect in raisins and dried apricots.
    F: Medium-long, sweet and creamy with a touch of salt. A piece of wood, a handful of dried fruits and nuts, and again creaminess.
    B: Very good, in a sniffer it develops into bright dried fruits without losing its pleasant creaminess and roundness.

  7. Bam scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    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.

  8. Ostap scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    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.

  9. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur


    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.

  10. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur


    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.


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