Bunnahabhain 12 Years old 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
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Bunnahabhain
Scotland, Islay
Single Malt Whisky
12 Years
46.3%
0.7 l
Original bottling
Sherry, Bourbon
Chill filtration - WithoutArtifical colouring - Without
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Average tasting notes Tasting Notes
Calculated from 17 Tasting Notes
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Nosing
Peat Smoke:
Sherry:
Sweet:
Fruit:
Nuts:
Maritime Notes:
Malt:
Oak:
Spices:
Vanilla:
Seaweed:
Caramel:
Herbs:
Herb:
Honey:
Alcohol:
Leather:
Salt:
Zitrus:
Orange:
Dried Fruit:
Floral:
Hazelnut:
Berries:
Raisin:
Almonds:
Chocolate:
Hay:
Heather:
Medicinal Smoke:
Oil:
Tobacco:
Bonfire Smoke:
Dark Chocolate:
Grape:
Anise:
Apple:
Barley:
Cake:
Cherry:
Chili:
Cinnamon:
Grass:
Lemon:
Peach:
Pepper:
Plum:
Walnut:
Wheat:
Tasting
Sweet:
Malt:
Spices:
Fruit:
Nuts:
Peat Smoke:
Sherry:
Oak:
Vanilla:
Maritime Notes:
Herb:
Salt:
Oil:
Chocolate:
Walnut:
Dark Chocolate:
Pepper:
Alcohol:
Caramel:
Herbs:
Dried Fruit:
Honey:
Seaweed:
Berries:
Hazelnut:
Heather:
Leather:
Chili:
Coffee:
Raisin:
Zitrus:
Iodine:
Orange:
Peach:
Almonds:
Anise:
Banana:
Barley:
Blackberry:
Bonfire Smoke:
Cherry:
Cinnamon:
Floral:
Ginger:
Grape:
Hay:
Lemon:
Medicinal Smoke:
Mint:
Nutmeg:
Pear:
Tobacco:
Wheat:
Finish
Sweet:
Peat Smoke:
Malt:
Spices:
Oak:
Sherry:
Maritime Notes:
Nuts:
Herb:
Fruit:
Salt:
Dark Chocolate:
Seaweed:
Oil:
Alcohol:
Chocolate:
Coffee:
Vanilla:
Herbs:
Caramel:
Chili:
Heather:
Leather:
Pepper:
Dried Fruit:
Hazelnut:
Raisin:
Apple:
Berries:
Bonfire Smoke:
Cake:
Floral:
Hay:
Honey:
Iodine:
Tobacco:

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4.0 Rate
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Tasting Notes 17

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Tasting notes of SlàinteMhath:

10. Oct 2016
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

All tasting notes

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30. Sep 2016
Nosing:
Peat SmokeVanillaCaramel sey, no sharpness
Taste:
OilOakSpicesAlcoholSweet cooked WalnutOil
Finish:
Long with Sweet
Nosing:
NutsCaramelPeat Smoke
Taste:
FruitVanillaWalnutMalt
Finish:
Sweet
Comment:
19. Jun 2017
Nosing: OrangeSherryVanillaCaramel
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: SherryFruitVanillaBonfire Smoke
Intense and sweet arrival. Sherry again, fresh mixed fruit and vanilla. A background hint of woodsmoke. Very viscous mouth feel.

Finish: OakSweetSpices
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.
27. Jan 2019
Tomasz
18. Dec 2018
Nosing:
Citrus, sweet, very nice and sprightly, floral
Taste:
Very complex. Hint of salt, vanilla, nuts, honey, dry citruses, hint of fresh fruits,
Finish:
medium, vanilla, nuts, salt and warming up nicely.
Comment:
Very nice and complex whisky. Everytime you can find something else in a taste. Alcohol well hidden but good to add a few spoons of water.
DRV12
23. Jan 2016
Nosing: FruitFloralLemonOakAlcoholSherryOakCaramelVanilla

Taste: OakSweetPeat SmokeFruitSpices

Finish: OakSpicesSweet

Comment:
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18. Jul 2016
DRV12
14. Apr 2017

Comment: correction of my rating
07. Oct 2018
Nosing: SherryDried FruitMaritime NotesWalnutCaramelPeat Smoke

Taste: SherryOakNutsSpicesOilDark Chocolate

Finish: Sweet long & dry

Comment: Mouthwatering, warming & moreish. The mix of ABV, tannin and spice leaves the mouth wanting more. This silky smooth drop begins sweet with a light caramel tone that holds throughout and transforms into flavours reminiscent of a rich dark fruit cake with preserved citrus peels. Nuts, sherry and a minor dark chocolate note all accompany this with a decedent creaminess. A touch of peat smoke goes very well in the long dry and sweet finish. An Islay whisky for all!
Agerskov
13. Sep 2017
Nosing: AniseLeatherSherryDried FruitSeaweedDark Chocolate and liquorice

Taste: SpicesAniseLeatherSaltDark ChocolateWalnutNutsRaisin and liquorice. Quite maritime.

Finish: SaltSpicesDark Chocolate

Comment: This is a truly amazing whisky. Smokey whisky is normally not my thing (yet), but I really like this one. Very interesting taste.