Bunnahabhain 12-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
New Label
Stated Age
12 years old
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
20 Dec 2008 5:50 pm

Average value

€ 87,95

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212 × member ratings

471 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 12-year-old

32 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.00 points

  1. HammerHead scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    A whisky that clearly does not benefit from the prevailing industry standard bottling features at that time. Smells and tastes ok, but also very thin. Furthermore too short of a finish.

    The current natural 46+% bottling is a very big improvement over this.
    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      74 74

  2. Sandman scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Tasted blind
    • Nose
      Apricot, banana, pear, honey, raisins, chocolate, lemon, grapefruit, marmalade and sea salt.
    • Taste
      Apple, banana, lemon, marzipan, honey, cinnamon, coffee, chocolate, raisins, apricot, hint of almonds and sea salt.
    • Finish
      Medium, coffee, chocolate, lemon, raisins, apricot, honey, almonds and a hint of sea salt.

  3. Calmar scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A young and slightly watery sea lap flavored with a good portion of dried fruits.
    • Nose
      Restrained, moist, tart oak notes, green grass, wood dust, dirty raisins and dried apricots, a little sea brackish shades, rosin.
    • Taste
      Slightly watery, sweet-oak, peppery, dried fruits, dried apricots, raisins, light industrial notes.
    • Finish
      Spicy, warming, a little mineral-metallic notes, a little sweet dirty raisins and dried apricots, peppers, orange confiture, a little salt and vegetable shades.

  4. oppi scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Sherry without smoke Full and strong Sea air? Reminds me of Maltese

  5. Rosebank88 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Nice mixture of salt, fresh citrus notes and nutty-malty tones. A touch of seaweed, spruce honey and apples. Later also nut cake and mint.
    • Taste
      Soft and light with malt, kelp and salted nuts. Will be more maritime and slightly fruity.
    • Finish
      Long, salted nuts.

  6. avansele scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  7. hans1971 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79

  8. AdelphosHume scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    On the nose, dark chocolate and red berries show up and the tea and dry oak diminish after about 10 minutes in the glass. The finish becomes less floral and more raisins or brown sugar after about 10-15 minutes.
    • Nose
      Sherry and woodchar competing with salted caramel

      lemon rind (becomes shortbread lemon bars with time)

      concentrated tea and dry oak
    • Taste
      Quick hit of oak and smoke

       a prolonged taste of Sherry

      quick succession of walnut, sea salt, and cinnamon

      dark bittersweet chocolate
    • Finish
      fades to oak and bitter floral (orange blossom) with a
      whispering of cinnamon

  9. Waykid scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    This was okay, but the enhancement they made with the upping of the volume of alcohol to 46,3%, NC and NCF was just remarkable. The basic character seems the same and the distillate was strong enough even for 40% but what really bothered me here was what I associate with the colorant  - there was this off-putting, over-sweet and somehow greasy (not in a good way) note. So, even in contemporary malts, everything is not going the wrong way!

  10. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The Bunnahabhain 12 years is clearly a real Islay whisky and has all the characteristic flavors of smoke, iodine, seaweed, salt. But he is the most subtle I have tasted so far from the peated Islay's. It is wonderfully fresh and soft, despite its 46.3%, but it has those clear maritime connections. A delicious whisky! Especially if you want to enjoy the flavors of Islay one night but do not want to let everything dominate by Islay
    • Nose
      Subtle smoke, vanilla, raisins, pear, marzipan, soft sherry tones. He has a clear fresh scent and is reminiscent of a beach walk where someone has a campfire. With one teaspoon of water: Vanilla, hay, wild flowers and fruity notes come through better. Honey and marzipan.
    • Taste
      Light smoke and iodine / seaweed, vanilla, pear, juicy raisins. Has a nice balance of salty and sweet tones. Has a clear maritime character. He has a light and fresh mouthfeel With one teaspoon of water: Sweet vanilla pears, soft salty, fresh and fruity, sherry tones, soft smoke with a hint of iodine / seaweed, spicy and malty.
    • Finish
      It has a medium warm, peppery aftertaste with a fine balance of salty and sweet notes.


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