Bunnahabhain 12-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Islay Malt Scotch Whisky
Stated Age
12 years old
40.0 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml
Added on
04 Aug 2007 7:38 pm

Average value

€ 143,68

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Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 12-year-old

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.01 points

  1. Rosebank88 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      malty sweetness, spruce honey, tingling sea breeze and a hint of citrus.
    • Taste
      Light, very malty and nutty with a delicate hint of salt. Very round and not very complex.
    • Finish
      short, slightly smoky, salted nuts.

  2. FernetBranco scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  3. Daan Tje scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    N: Instantly moorish concoction of sherry/bourbon sweetness, salty maltiness and a woody herbal oiliness. However, its not very defined, its leaning heavily towards a blended quality. Having recently tried some fabulous blends [ie: Hankey Bannister 40, Lost Distilleries Blend], they came across more as single malts than this Bunna 12. That doesn’t mean theres anything wrong with this Bunna but its offering more of a vague enjoyment rather than a clarity and complexity of particular flavours.
    T: Watery, thin, diluted fruit juice and light caramel chocolate salty malt, but its flat - nice but flat. Any potency diminishes in a flash, but wait
    F: Despite the drop in intensity, theres a change of heart, a second wind with a long, fresh, sweet, fruity, salty, woody, maltiness. There she blows!
    C: The problem with Bunna’s is their inconsistency through poor cask management, so batches will vary wildly year on year. This batch isn’t great, appearing clumsy with too many  casks being thrown into a vatted mix of single malt, muddled confusion. Sure the overall result is pleasant but its certainly not up to the standards it can reach, although there are flashes of brilliance.

    Scores a C [82]

    A year later, the 2008 batch was stella - the bottle that changed everything!

    Scored a B+

  5. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful development in the glass. Give time and water.
    This is an Islay without the hefty Islay peatiness, but with sherry complexity. Deep, engaging, communicative. Don't expect Islay, but expect Bunnahabhain.
    • Nose
      W/o water - Sherry (ofcourse), light smoke, sweet dark fruit, chocolate.
      With water - more sherry, less chocolate.
    • Taste
      W/o water - warm sherry arrival. Development of citrus fruits, light herbal.
      With water - soft sherry arrival. Herbal development with sweetness of dark fruit.
    • Finish
      Long, fruity finish.

  6. Superted scored this whisky 71 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      wheat malt acid
    • Taste
      fresh fruity sour drop sherry bread smelled wet fire

  7. granella2003 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Amber color with copper hues and light green transparency. The light peated not prevent him from being a strong whisky and marine environments: in his notes, salt, nuts and earth, but also fruit. In a second step a sharp jab of barley spicy, reminiscent of the notes of sherry, which gives a single malt sweetness to the otherwise very tasty, clear hints of malt.

  8. Edwin de Lange scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A classic!

  9. Feusi scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Peat and malt still outweigh the oaky notes. Refreshing and pleasant in the mouth. A slightly bitter smoky finish. For me a kind of a classic malt, isn`t it?

  10. Lafroy scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Some white pepper, roots, coffee and sweetness, hints of delicate seaweeds and a little bit of dryness.
    • Taste
      Considering its strength it´s relatively intensive, however water doesn´t do it good. Burning sensation in the middle of tongue, smooth wet peat, maybe a little bit smoky. Hot peppers or white pepper are noticeable.
    • Finish
      Medium long with pepper and chili.


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