Bunnahabhain 12-year-old

Overall rating
85.76/100
votes
52
Whiskybase ID
WB105778
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Small Batch Distilled
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Ex-Bourbon, Sherry
Strength
46.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
PO40339L5
Barcode
5029704217366
Added on
01 jan 2018 3:56 pm by CaskHead
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 42.45

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Whisky reviews for Bunnahabhain 12-year-old

9 users have left 9 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.76 points.

  1. Kostya scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Straight-forward sherry casks influence, a very nice contemporary Bunna
    • Nose
      (neat) oak is more pronounced, sweet and sour, sweet sherry, dried plums, fruit basket, touch of smoke in the background, dash of salt
      (water) young sherry, fusty, quite complex
    • Taste
      (neat) virgin oak, wood spices, sherry bitter-sour
      (water) sherry notes again, touch of peat, pleasant sourness, some anise, mint, tequila anejo notes, wood spices
    • Finish
      Medium long, sour sherry, wood spices

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  3. Dogs2 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  4. swk27844 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Just a nice sweet whisky with a little spice and a bit of bitter
    • Nose
      86 86
      Sugar, sweet, fruity, blue grapes, pear, also some spicy / spicy. Very nice nose and also wood tones.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Sugar, bitter, dark chocolate cocoa, nice and syrupy, cinnamon. Not a very complex taste explosion, rather monotonous taste. Very tasty.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Light aftertaste, not sharp. Will stick around for a while. Not too crazy, but not bad either.

  5. keba9591 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

  6. IIIZIII scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    My favourite, affordable and available contemporary 12 year old yet.
    • Nose
      Lots of typical sherry, dark fruits, stewed fruits with a hint of chocolate. Slightly meaty woodsmoke. Very deep beefy smell.
    • Taste
      Creamy texture, chocolate, rounded sherry, the oak appears mostly in the finish. Almost no oak. Some nutiness appears in the development
    • Finish
      Vanilla in the finish, light oak, and an unusual creaminess

  7. MattDoobie scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Savoured in a Glencairn after it rested 30 minutes. Tawny in colour with thick legs that promises a great texture.

    Nose
    Beautiful nose with light fresh fruits following heavier stewed stone fruits and raisins. The sherry influence is a lot more present here than the bourbon. Passed that initial contact one finds dust, light barley sugars and even lighter peat smoke. Not the most complex but nothing off or unpleasant about this. 21/25

    Palate
    Great mouth coating and mouth watering arrival, the peat is a little stronger here but still an afterthought against all the fruit. Light oak and that dust on the nose becomes more of an hazelnut dusty kind of flavour. The latter I find is one of the most recognizable markers of the Bunnahabhain spirit. 21/25

    Finish
    A medium drying finish initially led by fruit that quickly dissipates and leaves the stage for the dusty hazelnut that act not unlike tannins. 20/25

    *water does nothing for this product IMO. The almost inexistant prickle of alcohol on the nose does disappear but so does most of the complexity on the palate.

    Presentation and value
    I’m a big fan of Bunnahabhain and this is my first review so forgive me if I seem to gush over this product a little. Essentially from a presentation point of views, everything is right. The product is un-chillfiltered and has no added colour and is bottled at a nice abv of 46.3%. For a core product that’s not cask strength, that’s about the best you can ask for. On top of the great craft presentation, the value you get when purchasing this bottle (I got mine under 70$ CAD) is astounding. I have plenty of whiskies twice the price (including other Bunnas) that are not as good as this one. Perfect marks here with one caveat, this is known to be from a marriage of bourbon and sherry casks but search as I might, I found no bourbon flavours here. 25/25

    Total score
    87/100

  8. Andytka3 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    N- Mince pies, diced little dried fruits, crushed nuts and hard candy. Musty and meaty and smoked ham rising thru the middle with olive brine and pickle water. Fruity liquorice, underlay with distant coastal notes, sea rocks and drift of clotted cream. (89/22)

    P- Dry mouthfeel with good strength, then berries jam, bitter chocolate, raisin and figs. Abundance of fruits and juicy sherry notes. (92/23)

    F- Long, smooth, umeishu, sticky dark dried fruits, fruit cake. Dry and chewy as previous batch. (88/22)

    B/B- 87/21 A lot more sherry in the vat with healthy dose of liquorice, may be overshadow the coastal note a little.

    WW:- Cereal: 1 / Fruity: 4 / Floral: 0 / Peaty: 1 / Feinty: 2 / Sulphury: 0 / Woody: 4 / Winery: 3

    Weighted Rate- 88pt
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      N- Mince pies, diced little dried fruits, crushed nuts and hard candy. Musty and meaty and smoked ham rising thru the middle with olive brine and pickle water. Fruity liquorice, underlay with distant coastal notes, sea rocks and drift of clotted cream. (89/22)
    • Taste
      P- Dry mouthfeel with good strength, then berries jam, bitter chocolate, raisin and figs. Abundance of fruits and juicy sherry notes. (92/23)
    • Finish
      F- Long, smooth, umeishu, sticky dark dried fruits, fruit cake. Dry and chewy as previous batch. (88/22)

      B/B- 87/21 A lot more sherry in the vat with healthy dose of liquorice, may be overshadow the coastal note a little.

      WW:- Cereal: 1 / Fruity: 4 / Floral: 0 / Peaty: 1 / Feinty: 2 / Sulphury: 0 / Woody: 4 / Winery: 3

      Weighted Rate- 88pt
      — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.

  9. WhiskyBjorn83 scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    29-09-2018
    • Nose
      76 76
      vanilla, fruit
    • Taste
      70 70
      vanilla, fruit, hint of (sea) salt, dried fruits
    • Finish
      71 71
      vanilla, fruit

  10. nkrc scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Nose: bananas, coffee / caramel, cloves, cinnamon (?) Young oak Palate: Wonderfully round and soft, tropical fruits, spices, slight sharpness (ginger?) In the finish. Warming!
    86 points

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