Bunnahabhain 12-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Stated Age
12 years old
43.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Bottle code
Serie DR N° 204446
Bottled for
S.I.L.V.A. Bianchi S.P.A.
Added on
24 Jul 2015 7:26 pm by Armin Fuchs

Average value

€ 213.13

3 × in wishlist

43 × member ratings

32 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 12-year-old

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.37 points

  1. LoverCop1989 scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    Tasted as an old dumpy bottle for Italy (sample). Definitely looks older than 12 years. Hugs the throat and palate very comfortably. Very balanced, fine and varied.
    • Nose
      89 89
      delicate on the nose, fruity (tropical fruits), shortbread, walnut, light spicy
    • Taste
      89 89
      very round, licorice, oily, overripe fruits, light caramel note, nutty, coniferous forest
    • Finish
      88 88
      long, light-medium spicy, malty, light grape notes

  2. thijs100 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Very gentle and delicate with notes of honey, leather and damp oak, but also a luscious chocolate and dark caramel influence. Very complex, as now we're getting into strawberry and maraschino liqueur territory, as well as red apple. Finally some soy sauce, rancio even. Really impressive.
    • Taste
      Hints of peat and old wood, as well as burnt caramel, plums, tobacco leaves and ground coffee beans. A distinct note of triple sec. Some nice spices and a whiff of furniture polish as well, this is quite full-bodied.
    • Finish
      Lingering spices and tannins. A whisper of smoke.

  3. Kostya scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    igHh quality sherry casks. Seems to be considerably older than 12 years, malt you don’t want to rush
    • Nose
      (neat) very gentle and sweet, leatherwood honey, naturally flavored marmalade, some pastry notes, dried plum and peaches
      (water) delicate sherry notes, nougat, marzipan
    • Taste
      (neat) quite powerful, strong, compare to the nose, sweet turns to sour, bitter, astringent, some herbs
      (water) dump dunnage warehouse sensation, old books, tobacco, slightly medicinal, gas, grape seed oil, young walnuts, complexity from arrival till finish
    • Finish
      Quite long, from sweet to dry and herbal, astringent

  4. kot1803 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  5. kot1803 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  6. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    All excellent (22) Previously, the grass was greener .... 88
    • Nose
      Wine notes ... oak ... malt ... biscuit .... butter ... ground walnut ... some sour fruit ... salt (22)
    • Taste
      Wax and fruit ... delicate spices (22)
    • Finish
      Cardboard and pepper ... cloves ... bitter-grape bitterness (22)

  7. aphex scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Lovely nose. Give it just a little time to open. Very good palate. Another case of successful OBE, but the whisky was certainly good already.
    A very quaffable old young Bunnahabhain.
    • Nose
      Coastal and fruity. Seabreeze, peaches, pineapples, bananas. Light medicinal notes (camphor). Leather, dusty old books, a touch of honey and a few spices.
    • Taste
      Lively, fruity and spicy. Tropical fruits again, grapefruits, oranges. A touch of oak. Dark chocolate, caramel. A few nuts. And smoke in the background.
    • Finish
      Medium, lingering fruits and smoke.

  8. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Quite classic, softened and more melted, but also reduced version of the modern 12 years.

    Enthusiasm 2/5

  9. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Comparative Casting with the current one

    Interesting comparison. The nose of the current came to me after the well-defined nose of the 70s properly taped. I had not noticed that before. Overall, the current but has more depth of flow and has become significantly "darker" of the overall character. The nose of the old but I like somehow better.
    • Nose
      very nutty, malty, a few "old bottle notes", but not so strong. Slightly alcoholic, walnuts, salt, some leather and a touch of ammonia, plus some tropical fruits over time, especially pineapple.
    • Taste
      rather tender and surprisingly fruity, oak, salt, also dirty, but the new one has more flavors.
    • Finish
      quite clear on tart oak, some leather and a few tropical fruit notes.

  10. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Moderator

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87


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