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Overall rating
84.31/100
votes
1677
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Sherry & Bourbon
Strength
46.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
P0 27280 L6
Barcode
5029704217366
Added on
01 Feb 2016 6:40 pm by KonstUA
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 50.94

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Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 12-year-old

71 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.31 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 87 points Administrator

    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.

    RATING: 4.0/5.0 stars ≙ 87 pts → FIRST-CLASS
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  2. Lorion scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Very solid. Soapiness alone is a point of criticism. 81 points.
    • Nose
      Very pleasant and smooth. Orange puree, red apples, warm cereals. A hint of soap.
    • Taste
      Very sweet and full. Subtly spicy oak.
    • Finish
      Long, warm, somewhat sweet oak.

  3. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    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.
    • Nose
      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.
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      Roasted walnut. Malt. Some automatic transmission oil (similar to the ATF-F of my 69 Mustang).

  4. Igitor scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  5. valasios scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. singlecask_luke scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Great Sherry fruity and fruity whisky with excellent PLV. Great job, unique distillery character.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Intense fruits and spices. The often-mentioned salt caramel is fairly precise. Salty, sweet, dried fruit, caramel, nice sherry influence, syrupy sweetness, oak flavor, candied dark fruit, Christmas spices
    • Taste
      87 87
      Great sweetness, oily, dried fruit, sherry, Christmas spices, honey, caramel, raisins
    • Finish
      86 86
      Slightly dry, leaves a relatively oily and slightly furry mouthfeel, dry fruit, sweet, light oak flavor, with time rubbery notes appear

  7. TsiAI scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Room temperature when drinking: 13 ℃

    Viewing Eyes: Copper Gold

    Smell Nose: The sherry bucket was more obvious when it was just poured out. I put honey, nectar, and dried wood sticks in the refrigerator for several years. After ten minutes, the Bourbon bucket appeared. A little mint, apple peel, red Fuji, fig, Green mango, then turned into multi-flower rose, earth, vanilla cake, a little fishy smell. Coconut sugar, coconut milk and coconut paste have been mixed throughout.

    Taste Palate: Alcohol-free stimulation, alternating sweet and sour, lightly stained black cherry, dark fruit, cinnamon bread, fried nuts, smoked wood in the middle, wall fire, vanilla pods, figs, coconut, and summer at the end Into milk, a little woody spices, the bitter taste of grapefruit peel.

    Finishing: Long, stewed red pear water, cinnamon water, atractylodes, freshly cut wood, a little coconut milk, 75% black chocolate

    Body of the wine: light in the middle, full of fat, strong wrapping and soft body, no tannin, a little bitter bottom,

    Nose: 84/100

    Palate: 84/100

    Finish: 84/100

    Body: 84/100

    Overall: 83.5 / 100

    Overall: The sherry bucket still prevails when you drink it, but this slightly pickled dark fruit always feels lack of vitality.

  8. tangtang scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very round and soft, a class malt and a tad better than the new 12-pack
    • Nose
      90 90
      Smoky with a lot of sherry, fruity, sues with caramel
    • Taste
      89 89
      sues malty, spicy, fruits and vanilla
    • Finish
      89 89
      long-lasting, sweet malty with smoke and berries

  9. Bomshanka scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Comparative tasting of the Bunnahabhain 12 (2016 - old design) and 12 (2019 - new design). Very nice sherry casks in both versions, but 2016 seems more restrained, less forced on wood, while 2019 is brighter and more sappy. 2016 is noticably darker in colour than 2019 (both uncoloured) which alludes to more refill being used in newer bottlings. Probably the same old song of fewer quality casks around. The older version scores higher for a more complex and less strained experience. Both are great quality unpeated islay sherry whiskies and a good price for 12 years.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Soft sweet sherry, raisins, chocolate, new leather shoes, stewed fruits, old oak floorboards, something faintly like motor oil.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet dark fruits, berries, sultanas, dates, the bittersweet of biting on leather, hazelnuts, oak, but not overwhelming. Oily, olive, wood.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Drying on the bittersweet notes of nuts and wood. Medium long, pleasant.

  10. Squinugie scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

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