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Overall rating
85.28/100
votes
69
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2016
Stated Age
12 years old
Strength
46.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
P0 35699 L5 11:03 16020
Barcode
5029704217366
Added on
11 Apr 2016 9:54 pm by pilgrim77
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 68.93

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Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 12-year-old

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.28 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2017] I had this dram in a blind head-to-head tasting "OLD vs. NEW" versus an old standard 12-years Bunnahabhain bottling (WB id 21048) during a FoSM club tasting in Bonn. I bought the old bottle (that most probably was bottled in the late-seventies) for 50 Euro in May, 2004.

    OLD wins all four dimensions but this really depends on your taste preference. I can easily imagine that many people might prefer the more powerful (dirty) NEW over the smoother (subtle) OLD. The FoSM club voting won OLD by 14 votes versus 5 for NEW (and 1 draw). This blind tasting showed two completely different drams that have not much in common. Both are very nice and it depends on your preferred flavours profile which one to choose. Good work done at Bunnahabhain now and back then...
    • Nose
      86 86
      NEW is one shade darker at amontillad than OLD at amber. The texture of OLD shows early fat legs and sticky tears. NEW is about the same. Their noses offer old style sherry versus new style sherry - they are completely different. OLD offers an adorable old school nose that is fresh, citric with hints of peat smoke and melissa. Very complex and all nicely balanced. NEW's nose is bolder on a rather dirty sherry profile (lubrication oil) with slight sulphury notes. My preference at this dimension is OLD (what else?).
    • Taste
      85 85
      NEW offers a peppery earthy and herbal flavours profile with dried fruits and significant wooden notes (a bitterness that is bearable). OLD is more complex and subtle on mirabelle and citric fruits within a perfect wooden structure. OLD is still fresh on the palate. Another round goes to OLD...
    • Finish
      85 85
      OLD arrives fat and coating on the palate but has some slight adstringent moments (cardboardy). NEW is bold and coating too but hot, peppery and slightly bitter from heavy tannins. I like OLD better. OLD has a long and spicy finish that dries out a little bit at the end. NEW's finish is even longer on strong herbal and spicy flavours. It dries out at the end too (tannins).

  2. HammerHead scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Quite fruity with some dry sherry notes. Plum, sultana, pear, raspberry, toffee and milk chocolate. Also some sweet liquorice and a mild spiciness (actually a very faint note of sulfur).
    • Taste
      84 84
      Very similar to the nose. Again the plum, sultanas and toffee notes. A tad more towards dark bitter chocolate. Also the spices are there: some ginger, nutmeg and pepper accompanied by a hint of sulfur.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium: sparkling bitter fruits, chocolate and toffee morphing into gingery and somewhat sharp wood spices.

  3. wisekycourse scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    a very good entry price, this classic 12 years old, with all that is necessary to tutelage the big!
    • Nose
      nuts, hazel (finer!), wood, spices, dried grass, caramel.
    • Taste
      peppery spices, smoke iodine, wood, a sherry side for mildew, mushrooms, dust, fruity on peach and cooked mandarin!
      then it stabilizes.
    • Finish
      nuts and malt come out with iodized air and more humid grasses.

  4. Macheye scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Bunnahabhain 12 year old is a super solid entry-point into the Islay-based distillery. Displaying characters not usually associated with Islay (a lack of peat smoke), and, whilst gentle in its approach, no less expressive for it. Fruity, sweet and rich, with no real jarring moments. Well priced, well made, and easy to recommend.

    https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/bunnahabhain/bunnahabhain-12-year-old/
    • Nose
      Fruity and expressive. Toffee apples and a basket of red berries (raspberries in particular) are reinforced with sherry aromas – chocolate cake and rum-soaked raisins. The fruitiness is joined by some earthy spices - root ginger and light cardamom. There’s some light deck polish and saw dust here, both pleasant and pleasing to taste in a whisky only 12 years of age.
    • Taste
      Still fruity, but deeper sherried notes are coming out to play. Green apples and red berries marry nicely to toffee and raisins and are joined by some rich and expansive sherry flavours – brown sugars, coffee and walnut cake, dark chocolate, ginger snap biscuits – yes, it’s all rather like a patisserie here. Gentle polish remains in play and is joined by a few pinches of white pepper.
    • Finish
      Short, and with a gentle progressive fade into brown sugars and placid ginger spicing.

  5. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A really nice standard with a very good price-performance ratio. I was not able to find the "smoky note" mentioned in some places at the first taste.
    • Nose
      Spicy herbs and salty sea air can be felt, as well as the scent of a leafy forest floor. I did not have the peat note in the first nose, then came on the second and third Verriechen. With very little water, the hay and peat notes become even stronger.
    • Taste
      The Bunnahabhain comes very oily in the mouth, the herb salt note is dominant and makes it clear: Here I am, coast, Islay. Despite the 46.3%, it is mild. With a little water, it remains nicely oily in the mouth, but it joins a slight menthol freshness to the herbal, salt and forest soil notes.
    • Finish
      Medium to long finish, the self-harmonic basic character works for a while. With water the finish stays long. At the first taste of the Malt benefits in any case from the addition of a teaspoon of water.

  6. Simo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Odysseus93 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

  8. valery77 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. drkrylov scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Fresh, sweetish, nutty, herbal, salty. Aperitif.
    • Nose
      Remarkably fresh, sweet, sea-air aroma.
    • Taste
      Gentle, clean, nutty-malty sweetness.
    • Finish
      Very full flavor development. Refreshing.

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