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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 7:24 pm by Love street

Average value

€ 45.83

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241 × member ratings

731 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 12-year-old

33 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.84 points

  1. 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.

  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. GJR scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  4. jazzpianofingers scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur


    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.

  5. Captain.Islay scored this whisky 85 points Member 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

  6. domani did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Without a doubt, the best 12-year-old 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 to him 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

  7. diamond2000 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    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

  8. gerardvw scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

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

  9. Jorennuyts scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

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

  10. 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.


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