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Overall rating
84.24/100
votes
1506
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

€ 51,28

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Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 12-year-old

59 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.24 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. 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).

  3. pianoman scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Spicy and sweetish. Coniferous forest, fir honey, resin. Coast. Summer rain.
    • Taste
      Malt, nuts, honey. Subtle spices with pleasant bitterness.

  4. Gaija scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    [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.
    • Nose
      85 85
      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.
    • Taste
      88 88
      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.
    • Finish
      84 84
      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.

  5. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    It's subtle, you get lost. A drop of sherry, sweet olives, a hint of peat (2 ppm apparently), gingerbread, chocolate, hazelnuts. Finally vanilla, green tea, mint, a touch of herb, After eight. And at the same time it's sweet, raisins, wet brioche, it looks like pudding.
    On the palate, green tea is present, as well as the vegetal notes, just the right amount of vanilla, chocolate milk, all sprinkled with pepper. Long final, caramelized, woody, mint rises in retro-olfaction, it's a little dry, very pleasant.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. Belli700 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  7. mosesumike scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A surprise with the standard 12er. It will take a long time to find a comparable one at this age. "High standard"
    • Nose
      87 87
      He starts thick and sweet. Elegant with mint chocolate and slightly salty smoke aroma, it pulls through the nose.
      Very light medicinal but fine vanilla fruity.
      " Hello, how are you "
    • Taste
      85 85
      In the entrance he exposes sweet strong pepper. Great start. Wonderfully balanced and mature, he dances in the mouth without disturbing the smoke. But the background is still painted with soft smoke.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Rather long and warm, he pulls down silky soft.
      Greetings from hot milk chocolate ....
      For this age "Great Cinema". Respect.

  8. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    2nd review after more than a year. The creaminess from the first tasting is almost completely gone and replaced with a lot of dry notes with sherry, wood, orange peel bitterness and salt what makes it for me a point less in the taste rating.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Sweet vanilla and a little citrus. Hints of old sherry cask and oak.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Malty and spicy. Sherry notes and some orange. Tickles on the tongue. Slightly salty and some smoke.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium finish with some orange bitterness and some salt.

  9. Bj0rnp1 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    12-05-2017 / 01-09-2017 (blind tasting): completely different tasting notes. 'The moment' and 'the dram before' may have influenced my palate.
    • Nose
      82 82
      12-05-2017: smoke, spices, new leather, liquorice, oak, nuts
      01-09-2017: fruit, malt, absolutely no leather noticed (blind tasting)
    • Taste
      77 77
      12-05-2017: smoke, solvent, malt, oak
      01-09-2017: orange, (sea) salty, cookies
    • Finish
      76 76
      12-05-2017: smoke, solvent
      01-09-2017: pepper, fruit

  10. SVWRamius scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Is there nothing to complain about. The many notes here also show how well layered he is and how different these notes are perceived. That speaks just for the Bunna 12, which is incredibly exciting, just great for the price.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      84 84

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