Bunnahabhain 12-year-old

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Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
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Cask Strength
Stated Age
12 years old
55.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
22 Oct 2021 3:32 pm by islebedrammed
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€ 101.80

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Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 12-year-old

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.74 points

  1. whiskyclick scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Very nice, full bodied whisky with lots of dried fruits (especially figs) , malty sweetness, dark chocolate, nutty, salty caramel, coffee beans and some spices. It has different cask recipe than the regular 12. Seems regular 12 has more bourbon casks in vatting, here sherry is more dominant (and we think PX also). Bourbon sweetness comes later. Finish is peppery, sweet and dried fruits.
    Not overly complex dram, but very well balanced, no off note. For a 70-80€ we think it's very enjoyable!

  2. LeChiffre scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Delicious, powerful Bunna, which you can clearly see the sherry influence, while being relatively simple in its variety of aromas. For my taste it can take some water.
    It's easy to drink - you can do it for about 75 euros, but you don't have to - you don't miss the big hit that the hype surrounding the bottle makes it seem.
    • Nose
      85 85
      dark berry fruits; cherries; dried fruits; Spices; delicate vanilla; salty caramel; Chocolate; Oak
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sweet; dried fruits; raisins; dark cherries; chocolate notes; Pepper; plus sparkling oak spice
    • Finish
      86 86
      peppery-spicy; dried fruits; coffee beans; dark nut chocolate; tart, spicy oak wood

  3. pianoman scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fresh, slightly sour. Green apples, freshly cut grass, a hint of vanilla. Crystal wheat with lemon. Behind it some honey.
    • Taste
      Green apples, ground pepper. Some camphor and water mint. Hot mineral water. Grape seeds.

  4. Artus scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    A really nice Bunnahabhain for the issue price. As if you had turned up the volume on the regular 12s. Unfortunately, the malt lacks a deep variety of aromas, no comparison to the 18. Nice nose, drinkable and with potential for dilution.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  5. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Photo Moderator

    Sweet and spicy, a lot of dried fruits and nuts, balanced wood influence, not very maritime but quite drinkable - little water recommended - pretty good overall
    • Nose
      89 89
      Intense, dried fruits, nuts, raisins, plums, figs, cinnamon, hints of rum soaked cherries, tobacco, brown sugar, whiffs of molasses, sherry wood - pretty good
    • Taste
      89 89
      Punchy, oily, creamy, good sweetness, more dried fruits, plums, raisins, cherries, caramel, tobacco, spices, cinnamon, nuts, sherry wood - still good
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, burning, spicy, fruity, woody

  6. Derbyshire_sipper scored this whisky 88 points Newbie

    New bottle 1st pour.

    Nose: Rasins, dark cherry, sticky figs, sweet brown sugar/caramel, smoked bacon. Really sweet and fruity.

    Taste: Orange peel & Rasins up front. Smoke coming through with some malty sweetness there.

    Finish: long finish that lasts well. Coffee beans, dark chocolate & smokey bacon close the show.

    Very enjoyable, and complex. Despite the abv it's very drinkable too.

    88 points from me

  7. Kegelbogen scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Cute Bunna, surprised many people complain about the simplicity or lack of depth. Hey this kid is only 12 years old. I was confused by something else ..
    • Nose
      86 86
      Lots of dried fruits, orange jam, a crust of bread. Unfortunately, the scent is spoiled by a dirty note of mustiness, rotten wood, possibly sulfur.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The balance is good. The taste is a complete extension of the nose. Coffee and salt are added. The dirty note is there too.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Short to medium, quite salty.

  8. craide scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful, powerful bunnahabhain, sherry influence and higher alcohol content go well together here and would be a fine addition to the standard range for me.
    But it's not a “must-have malt” for me.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Quite intense and varied beginning on the nose, dried fruits like figs, raisins, plums, all in all rather dark fruity, malty, sweet with spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, in addition there are different wood aromas from old musty wood to fresh sawdust, nuts and a little caramel. In the background some grape-rum-nut-chocolate
    • Taste
      87 87
      a little more sweetness on the palate, plus the dried fruits which are also accompanied by fresh bananas, cherries and oranges. The sweetness changes every now and then from honey sweetness to a malty sweetness to dark chocolate. All in all, nice and warming in the mouth with an oily, peppery oak flavor without being bitter.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium-long finish, oak spice remains, little fruit remains, some coffee and chocolate,

  9. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The malt needs a good portion of air and hand warmth to release aromas. In the taste he then does
    More on. The sherry barrels bring a nice fruit. The finish has far too strong tannins for me.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      83 83

  10. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      slightly sour, nuts, leather, some wild berry jam, overall somehow very restrained
    • Taste
      Nuts, spices, wood


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