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
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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:
Herbs:
Alcohol:
Caramel:
Dried Fruit:
Honey:
Seaweed:
Berries:
Hazelnut:
Heather:
Leather:
Zitrus:
Chili:
Coffee:
Raisin:
Iodine:
Orange:
Peach:
Tobacco:
Wheat:
Almonds:
Anise:
Banana:
Barley:
Blackberry:
Bonfire Smoke:
Cherry:
Cinnamon:
Floral:
Ginger:
Grape:
Hay:
Lemon:
Medicinal Smoke:
Mint:
Nutmeg:
Pear:
Finish
Sweet:
Peat Smoke:
Malt:
Spices:
Oak:
Sherry:
Maritime Notes:
Nuts:
Herb:
Fruit:
Salt:
Dark Chocolate:
Seaweed:
Alcohol:
Oil:
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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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

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30. Oct 2017
Nosing: vanilla, caramel, orange peel, floral (Peony), oak, smokiness (not much of it). Fantastic aroma! Pleasant and gentle.

Taste: completely different than the nose. Very powerful, although very pleasant as well. Sweet! Chocolate, orange, vanilla, almonds. The alcoholic content is perfectly hidden.

Finish: long, warming, caramel, a little smokey aftertaste.

Balance: It's an Islay Whisky. Some of Islay-Malt-Lovers could be surprised by the peat level... but it's definitely worth to try. Delicious and pleasant. Good, affordable price for such a fantastic quality.

Comment: 46,3% ABV, non-chill filtered, natural colour. One of my very favorite Whiskies. Only 3 PPM - it makes it very gentle. I will always come back to this fantastic Islay Single Malt. 92/100
02. Dec 2016
Nosing: SweetPeat SmokeFruit

Taste: SweetSpicesCinnamonOilOilPeat Smoke

Finish: SherrySpicesMalt

Comment:
24. Nov 2015
08. Oct 2017

Comment: Nothing that makes this whisky stand out but, nothing off putting
07. Apr 2019
Nosing: Nuttiness, caramel, vanilla, no smoke

Taste: Nuttiness, a little sweetness, spiciness

Finish: Spinciness, intense

Comment:
21. Apr 2016
Nosing: FloralSweetFruitAlcoholSeaweed

Taste: NutsSaltSherryMaltSpices

Finish: SpicesNutsPeat SmokeOakSweet

Comment:

Comment: This is very underrated Islay scotch! This bottle was my first introduction to peated whisky. Although the peat levels are low (1-3 PPM), its prevalent enough to notice. Great stepping stone into stronger Islay scotch. This is one of my top 3 favorite bottles in my collection!
27. Jan 2017
Nosing: Loveley complex fresh and fruity nose with vanilla, butterscotch and hints of sea

Taste: Initially strong pepper in the back of the tounge which develops in to a long sweet taste of sherry, vanilla and toffe with just a hint of bitterness. Very good balanced

Finish: Long and sweet, slightly dry in texture

Comment: Complex and rich in both nose and taste. Mellow and round in perfect balance. One of the very best 12 year old I had so far.


kevin007
24. Jun 2017
Nosing:
vanilla, chocolate, seaspray,
Taste: oak, PX, raisings, chocolate, caramel malt, light smoke

Finish: long, sweet, sherry, soft, leather

Comment:
05. May 2020