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Bunnahabhain 12-year-old

Overall rating
89.49/100
votes
72
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Warehouse 9 - Hand-Filled Exclusive
Bottled
2015-2016
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Oloroso Cask
Casknumber
1490
Strength
59.9 % Vol.
Size
200 ml
Added on
01 Jun 2015 9:59 pm by GlenSikkes
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 44,83

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Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 12-year-old

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.49 points

  1. ARDBERG scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    3cl Handfill tasting:

    cask 4903 7yo - 91-90-90
    cask 3660 8yo - 90-90-91
    cask 1490 12 yo - 90-91-92

    very close together, quality is super high. This was the starting time of the Warehouse 9 tastings and I am afraid, overall they haven't kept this quality up, although it is still high and a W9 or W4 tasting is highly recommended any time you pass by.

    I added 5 drops of water to 1.5cl, hence my comments... maybe some drams needed more, but I ran out of stuff to try...
    • Nose
      90 90
      cask 4903 7yo - reminds me of 1979 Signatory dumpies. thats great. Oloroso sweet nuttiness, old leather, furniture polish, dark chocholate, candied oranges, alcohol tickles the nose - very good complexity and powerful. 5 drops of water in 1,5cl makes it angry. More alcohol strikes my nose, less complexity more spice and (virgin) wood. No water on the nose for me.

      cask 3660 8yo - engine oil, peat, waxed orange peel, dark cherries, cocoa powder - all of it very barbecued. Hard to believe it is a second fill cask: Water doesn't do any harm, maybe even more engine room now and less alcohol on the nose with an oaky spiciness.

      cask 1490 12 yo - after nosing the fist two, this almost has a cabbage note, a bit sour, not really nutty, rather fruity, some yellow some red but not so ripe, some chocolate, very fresh - nosed on its own, the cabbage note almost disappears- Hm, seems it doesn't like to play with the others. Same effect as with the 7yo with water - an angry rotten cabbage with mate tea now!
    • Taste
      91 91
      cask 4903 7yo - the nose replicates on the palate, though it is much smoother than the nose suggests. Water helps the complexity of the taste immensely, though spiciness (cloves, indian marsala, virgin oak) take over eventually. Two different whiskies with and w/o. Slight tendcy to old school w/o water.

      cask 1490 12 yo - rather the 12yo unpeated next... quite similar to the nose, though no cabbage but a lot of sweetness. Quite compact and quite but not overly complex, though the rather yellow fruits keep on working to make the mouth water. that's really cool. Some rotten cabbage at first with water, though then wonderfully massaging every little aroma onto the tongue. I can overlook the cabbage here and go with the water option.

      cask 3660 8yo - sweetness sticks, a whole engine room in my mouth (ever been to the Deanston Turbine Room?), reminds me of the Moine Oloroso CS NAS, but a bit less dirty. Wood smoke rather than peat smoke. Red fruits now. More fruity, sweet and much smoother (tamed?), less smoke either woody or peat. It has much appeal though I miss the Deanston Turbine room a tad. It's a wash between w and w/o water, well with in the summer w/o in winter.
    • Finish
      92 92
      cask 4903 7yo - good and long finish with no surprises more on the sweeter side - with water finish is smoother with more complexity but also more "modern" spice same as in the taste. Had it been quite old school (1979 SV) w/o now it is quite modern spicy virgin oaky. I prefer the old school w/o water, but also the modern approach has appeal, though a bit less to me.

      cask 1490 12yo - the finish is THE thing here, mouthwatering, yellow fruits and oranges working with a sherry sweetness - no cabbage;-) No cabbage in the finish with water. Very complex mouth filling and warming, gentle sweetness with candied oranges. Certainly water wins it with respect to the finish.

      cask 3660 8yo - more complex in the finish than in the taste with mouthwatering qualities as well with a lot of sweetness remaing and now, rather peat than wood smoke. This would have so much potential as a peated sherry standard, why don't you Distell? With H2= so smooth, sweet, with citrus fruits (oranges) and an enginge peatiness, that fills my mouth. I hardly notice the alcohol strength now. Almost velvety. Even more potential, Distell!!! Hello! Do it cask strength now as a standard!!!!
      Hey, with water at any time but don't miss the undiluted experience.

  2. Forrest scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very powerfull sherry but not only with a very nice finish (where sometimes sherried whiskys are quite woody or winy). Thanks for the advice from Mad69, Donald MacDuck and Ramsey.

  3. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      74 74
    • Finish
      80 80

  4. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    undrinkable without water as it is overly spicy, with water it becomes very similar to the ordinary 12
    • Nose
      red wine, dark fruits, cereals, smoke, rich sherry, salt, bitter herbs, toffee, dark chocolate
    • Taste
      intensely spicy, dark fruits, grass, tree bark, oloroso sherry, burning cardboard
    • Finish
      long, very very spicy, dry, dried fruits, jalapeno peppers, bitter spicy herbs at the back followed by bitter sour tongue burning alcohol with cream

  5. GJR scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Beautiful dark sherry tones. Very light some sulfur in the background. Chocolate, dark fruit and hazelnuts.
    • Taste
      Firm and full, heavy sherry tones and nuttyness. To enjoy.
    • Finish
      Long and full, very oily and smearing.

  6. Bram84 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. Dramned! scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    In this Bunnahabhain you already have to like wood, that's quite intense here. But also a nice sweetness and spicy fruit make this Single Cask an experience. Above all, the barely noticeable alcohol really surprised me, which was here wonderfully integrated despite high cask strength and served a full-bodied aroma transport. Only the typical Bunnahabhain feeling I missed something, since the barrel was then very dominant.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. Dramned! scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Single Casks are always a little risk. If the bottler is loyal and adds nothing (water, color) or does not take anything away (cooling filtration), you get pretty much the purest whisky, straight from the barrel, genuine, raw and pure. This can be a unique experience. Here, no master blender has softened or accented or even compensated. On the other hand, some of the aromas from the barrel can be so concise that they mask any complexity or even cause a jarring note. In some whiskys, this is often a penetrating sulfur flavor that many like - I do not.
    In this Bunnahabhain you already have to like wood, that's quite intense here. But also a nice sweetness and spicy fruit make this Single Cask an experience. Above all, the barely noticeable alcohol really surprised me, which was here wonderfully integrated despite high cask strength and served only a full-bodied aroma transport. Only the typical Bunnahabhain feeling I missed something, since the barrel was then very dominant.
    • Nose
      In the nose first a dark sourish fruitiness, reminiscent of a succulent prune, followed by sweet heavy pipe tobacco notes, the oak comes through vigorously with a touch of harsh earthy tones, then a nice malty-spicy sweetness of Muscovada sugar. The Bunnahabhain sea breeze I perceive only as a very gentle breeze. Hardly stinging alcohol!
    • Taste
      Wooaah - he has a lot of wood in front of the hut! Strong tart oak with some muff and very slightly sulfur, counteracted by an enormous malty creamy sweetness combined with the pipe tobacco. Then also wonderful juicy oranges and spicy plum jam with cinnamon and cloves cheat forward and keep the balance with the dry bitterness of the wood. And I also have significant salt, as by the sea, if you lick your salty lips. Despite nearly 60% alcohol barely sharpness or burning.
    • Finish
      Warming, he slowly crawls down the esophagus, hanging mainly the harsh oak tones and some block malt.

  9. LordBellamy scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Sherry board, which dominates Oloroso with raisins, hazelnut, toffee, burnt sugar, some oak in the background, also the spiciness of the Brennreicharakters can be seen, velvety, machine oil

    Taste: thick and oily in the texture, massive sherry in the onset, raisins and plums dominate, supported by the Bunnawürze

    Finish: long and fat, strong sherry again, dark fruits, some cocoa, later licorice and oak, but not bitter

    he does not need water

    Conclusion: Great combination of Olorososherry and Bunnhabhain Destilleriecharakter, even if the sherry is almost too dominant - 89 points

  10. LordBellamy scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    As per our distillery guide David this is a "Bodega butt" containing 700 liters

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