Being a more restrained and virtually unpeated version of an Islay whisky, Bunnahabhain 12 tends to be overlooked - which is a pity! The superb quality (46.3% ABV, non-chill filtered and natural color) brings out the maritime character of this Single Malt. Very engaging, intense and robust on the nose, you get seaweed, iodine, dark fruits and a complex, nutty creaminess. Tastewise, delicate sherry notes and rich toffee harmonize with dark chocolate, walnuts and hints of oak. With a long, sweet and spicy finish, this malt underscores its outstanding quality.
I do not know why he did not blow me away. Now he likes me, like most, very well. Certainly one of the best in this price range.
Forest honey. Oranges. Glazed red apple in butter. Also a certain freshness that is reminiscent of herbs. The sherry is also rather fruity. White sweet grapes. Tangerine. Also a bit floral. All carried by the somewhat harsh Bunnahabhain notes.
Only relatively creamy in the mouth. Caramel. Now sweet herb drops. Cloves. Then it tingles a bit. Orange peel and orange juice. Bit of citrus. It gets nutty.
Roasted walnut. Malt. Some automatic transmission oil (similar to the ATF-F of my 69 Mustang).
[2015 bottling] What it lacks in direction, definition and identity, it makes up with impeccable texture and alcohol integration on the palate, which is a rare feature in young big-selling OB's. So, hats off for that. Better than I remembered. Edit : that's actually a re-review, I didn't even notice :P My score didn't change, that's somehow reassuring.
Very matly and sligthly fermentary, with massive bread dough and some sour yoghurt notes. Zucchini seeds. Seems to develop a pleasant fruity quality, but lacking definition. Most probably around "something pink". Red currants, rosé wine. Quite subtle. The fermentary side persists, sometimes hinting at dry champagne. Bread and cake doughs still lead the show.
Really, that's not a bad palate at all ! The texture and alcohol integration are impressive for this kind of offering. Taste-wise, it's still lacking definition and identity, but the little red and pink fruits are enjoyable, along with the malty and bready notes. Toasted brown bread while chewing. The texture's glossy feeling is really nice and that "pink" sweetness as well.
Malty again, with a very marked leafy side this time. Agave, laurel, green branches. Maybe not super pleasant but at least it's clean, and somehow it prepares for the next sip.
It’s subtle, you get lost. A drop of sherry, sweet olives, a hint of peat (2 ppm it seems), gingerbread, chocolate, hazelnuts. Finally vanilla, green tea, mint, a herbaceous touch, After eight. And at the same time it is sweet, raisins, moist brioche, it looks like pudding. On the palate, green tea is present, as well as vegetable notes, just enough vanilla, chocolate milk, all sprinkled with pepper. Long finish, caramelized, woody, the mint lifts in retro-olfaction, it is a little dry, very pleasant.