Bunnahabhain 12 Years altes Design

The 12-year-old offers with his hefty 46.3% vol enough reserves for dilution with some still water. Bunnahabhain comes from Gaelic and means 'estuary', a direct reference to the Margadale River. The bottle is decorated with a sailor. Bunnahabhain was the first distillery the sailors saw returning to their homeland.

The 12-year-old offers with his hefty 46.3% vol enough reserves for dilution with some still water. Bunnahabhain comes from Gaelic and means 'estuary', a direct reference to the Margadale River. The bottle is decorated with a sailor. Bunnahabhain was the first distillery the sailors saw returning to their homeland.

Details about this bottle Edit
2518
Bunnahabhain
Scotland, Islay
Single Malt Whisky
12 Years
46.3%
0.7 l
Original bottling
Sherry, Bourbon
Chill filtration - Without Artifical colouring - Without
Average tasting notes Tasting notes
Calculated from 185 Tasting Notes
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Nosing
Peat Smoke:
Sweet:
Sherry:
Fruit:
Caramel:
Nuts:
Maritime Notes:
Malt:
Oak:
Vanilla:
Spices:
Seaweed:
Herb:
Herbs:
Honey:
Zitrus:
Salt:
Leather:
Alcohol:
Hazelnut:
Dried Fruit:
Floral:
Orange:
Raisin:
Berries:
Hay:
Almonds:
Chocolate:
Oil:
Medicinal Smoke:
Tobacco:
Dark Chocolate:
Grape:
Cherry:
Bonfire Smoke:
Cake:
Pepper:
Anis:
Chili:
Lemon:
Cinnamon:
Grass:
Peach:
Plum:
Wheat:
Apple:
Barley:
Walnut:
Fig:
Tasting
Sweet:
Spices:
Malt:
Peat Smoke:
Fruit:
Sherry:
Nuts:
Oak:
Vanilla:
Maritime Notes:
Caramel:
Salt:
Herb:
Oil:
Chocolate:
Pepper:
Dark Chocolate:
Alcohol:
Seaweed:
Herbs:
Honey:
Leather:
Dried Fruit:
Raisin:
Walnut:
Chili:
Hazelnut:
Berries:
Zitrus:
Iodine:
Coffee:
Orange:
Peach:
Wheat:
Banana:
Grape:
Medicinal Smoke:
Anis:
Apple:
Mint:
Blackberry:
Lemon:
Cinnamon:
Almonds:
Floral:
Hay:
Ginger:
Nutmeg:
Bonfire Smoke:
Barley:
Pear:
Cherry:
Tobacco:
Heather:
Finish
Sweet:
Malt:
Peat Smoke:
Spices:
Oak:
Sherry:
Maritime Notes:
Nuts:
Herb:
Salt:
Fruit:
Seaweed:
Dark Chocolate:
Oil:
Alcohol:
Caramel:
Vanilla:
Pepper:
Chocolate:
Coffee:
Chili:
Herbs:
Dried Fruit:
Leather:
Hazelnut:
Heather:
Floral:
Berries:
Apple:
Cake:
Raisin:
Hay:
Honey:
Bonfire Smoke:
Tobacco:
Iodine:
Zitrus:

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Being a more restrained and virtually unpeated version of an Islay whisky, Bunnahabhain 12 tends to be overlooked - which is a shame! The superb quality (46.3% ABV, non-chill filtered and natural color) brings out the maritime character of this Single Malt. The nose is very engaging, intense and robust with seaweed, iodine, dark fruits and a complex, nutty creaminess. Tastewise, delicate sherry and a rich toffee note harmonize with dark chocolate, walnuts and a hint of oak. With a long, sweet and spicy finish, the whisky underscores its outstanding quality.
RATING: 4.0/5.0 ≙ 88 pts
ChristianG
07. Aug 2021
ChristianG
07. Aug 2021
07. Jun 2020
TheGreatMothra
19. Jun 2017
Nosing: Orange Sherry Vanille Karamell
Intense and fruity. Orange peel sherry character, much more so than I remember in the past. Salted caramel and vanilla. The smokiness if there is any is as good as undetectable, I remember it coming through in previous bottles but this is much more fruit led.

Taste: Sherry Früchte Vanille Lagerfeuer
Intense and sweet arrival. Sherry again, fresh mixed fruit and vanilla. A background hint of woodsmoke. Very viscous mouth feel.

Finish: Eiche Süße Gewürze
Long and sweet with some oakiness showing through. Residual spiciness.

Comment:
I hadn't had a bottle of this in a while and decided to revisit it. I think its changed a bit since I last had it, the sherry influence is definitely more pronounced, not that that's a bad thing. The flavour is intense, and although I very much prefer to see whisky bottled at higher percentages I think this can actually take a generous drop of water just to calm it down a little. This is definitely one of my favourite standard bottlings and although its not quite how I remember it, its still very good.