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 - Without Artifical 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:
Leather:
Salt:
Zitrus:
Alcohol:
Orange:
Dried Fruit:
Floral:
Hazelnut:
Raisin:
Berries:
Chocolate:
Hay:
Heather:
Medicinal Smoke:
Tobacco:
Almonds:
Dark Chocolate:
Oil:
Bonfire Smoke:
Cinnamon:
Grape:
Grass:
Lemon:
Peach:
Pepper:
Plum:
Walnut:
Wheat:
Anise:
Apple:
Barley:
Cake:
Cherry:
Chili:
Tasting
Sweet:
Malt:
Fruit:
Peat Smoke:
Spices:
Nuts:
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:
Grape:
Hay:
Lemon:
Medicinal Smoke:
Mint:
Nutmeg:
Pear:
Tobacco:
Wheat:
Finish
Sweet:
Peat Smoke:
Malt:
Oak:
Spices:
Sherry:
Maritime Notes:
Nuts:
Herb:
Fruit:
Salt:
Dark Chocolate:
Seaweed:
Alcohol:
Oil:
Chocolate:
Coffee:
Vanilla:
Herbs:
Caramel:
Heather:
Leather:
Pepper:
Chili:
Dried Fruit:
Hazelnut:
Raisin:
Apple:
Berries:
Bonfire Smoke:
Cake:
Floral:
Hay:
Honey:
Iodine:
Tobacco:

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19. Jun 2017
Nosing: Orange Sherry Vanilla Caramel
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 Fruit Vanilla Bonfire Smoke
Intense and sweet arrival. Sherry again, fresh mixed fruit and vanilla. A background hint of woodsmoke. Very viscous mouth feel.

Finish: Oak Sweet Spices
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.
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18. Jul 2016
Agerskov
13. Sep 2017
Nosing: Anise Leather Sherry Dried Fruit Seaweed Dark Chocolate and liquorice

Taste: Spices Anise Leather Salt Dark Chocolate Walnut Nuts Raisin and liquorice. Quite maritime.

Finish: Salt Spices Dark 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.

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!
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