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Bunnahabhain 12-year-old

Overall rating 104 votes 80.96
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2007
Stated Age
12 years old
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml
Barcode
5010314770105
Added on
04 Aug 2007 7:00 pm
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 143,68

1 bottle available

Lowest price on Market: € 99,00

Buy in Market

299 × in collection

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

All versions

Nose 21
Taste 22
Finish 21
Balance 22

Tastingtags

10 Notes

Fernet Branco
Expert Senior Fernet Branco Review note
23 Sep 2017 4:47 pm
Fernet Branco gave this whisky 84 points
Weighted Rate
83.5
Nose
85
Initial taste
84
Body
83
Finish
83
Price
85
Presentation
80
Daan Tje
Connoisseur Daan Tje Review note
14 Feb 2016 12:27 am
Daan Tje gave this whisky 88 points
Weighted Rate
87.9
Nose
87
Initial taste
88
Body
88
Finish
88
Price
90
Presentation
87
My Collection
jazzpianofingers
Connoisseur jazzpianofingers Note
05 Jan 2016 11:02 am

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+


iDea D
Expert Senior iDea D Tasting note
10 Jan 2015 4:11 pm
iDea D gave this whisky 87 points
Color
Burnished
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.

Comments

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.

Dimitri
Superted
Expert Senior Superted Tasting note
19 Mar 2014 8:00 pm
Superted gave this whisky 71 points
Color
Burnished
Nose

tarwe mout zuur

Taste

fris fruitig zuur drop sherry brood rook nat vuur

Finish
Comments
Je bent zelf... My Collection My Market
granella2003
Connoisseur granella2003 Note
30 Dec 2012 1:33 am

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.

Edwin de Lange
Expert Senior Edwin de Lange Note
12 Oct 2012 2:06 pm
Edwin de Lange gave this whisky 86 points

A classic!

Feusi
Connoisseur Feusi Note
11 Jul 2011 2:39 pm
Feusi gave this whisky 80 points

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?

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Lafroy
Expert Senior Lafroy Tasting note
23 Apr 2011 8:50 pm
Lafroy gave this whisky 78 points
Color
Deep gold
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.

Comments
Dede
Expert Senior Dede Tasting note
07 Apr 2011 10:51 pm
Dede gave this whisky 78 points
Color
Amber
Nose

Doux et malté, suave, avec des notes salines, du café et des fleurs capiteuses. Peu complexe, mais bien construit et fondu.

Taste

L'attaque est aqueuse, dommage. Le milieu de bouche révèle un piquant épicé (chili) inattendu, enrobé de la même douceur maltée qu'au nez, ainsi que des notes terreuses (terre humide) et salées. Cerneaux de noix. Les arômes manquent toutefois singulièrement d'intensité.

Finish

De longueur moyenne mais décroissant très vite en intensité, elle est dans le prolongement de la bouche, sur le malt et l'amertume des cerneaux de noix.

Comments

Un malt de tous les jours, mais pour quelqu'un d'autre. Je n'accroche pas au profil. Hormis ce point, il y a des qualités (fondu, équilibre), mais les saveurs sont trop faibles en bouche.

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