A giant leap forward for Bunnahabhain 12yo, this edition was launched in summer 2010 with a jump in strength to 46.3% and a declaration of no chill-filtration and no added colouring. Enormous credit goes to Burn Stewart for giving punters what they want without jacking up the price too much and we earnestly hope that this will be a massive success. Bravo!
Nose: briny and earthy, with camphor, apples, sea salt, a hint of oranges and salted caramel.
Palate: syrupy in texture with vanilla and a light smokiness, more woody than peaty. Water brought out more sweet creamy vanilla and some perfume from the wood, as well as some sticky glacé cherry.
Finish: dry with woody spice.
Customer Reviews:(34 reviews)
Great value, and I've even managed to make steps in my mission to convert the mrs to the delights of single malts.
A smoky, peaty dram that definitely hits the spot
- anonymous, 22nd June
I was given this whisky as a present, from a region I tended not to try (assuming it was going to be peaty, which I detest) and from a distillery that was new to me. I was so surprised and pleased with the flavour, which alighted the senses. Gentle on the tongue and a beautiful follow through taste. Magic. This is a whisky to sit and enjoy with some good friends.
- anonymous, 29th January
Bunnahabhain is an outstanding Scotch producer and their 12 Year Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky is a reflection of this very fact. There is yet not a single Bunnahabhain produced that lacks balance, complexity, integrity and so forth, as their line of single malts are all masterpieces. The 12 Year Old version which is no color added and un-chilfiltered is just another spectacular single malt, very distinct in the way of being full of character, a lot like what Ardbeg.
- Scotch Fan , 28th Aug '13
Was introduced to this single malt this weekend at a music festival. A female friend sampled the half dozen scotches available and decided I would like this one the best. She was right (she chose a Jura for herself). I plan to purchase this in the near future.
- anonymous, 7th Aug '13
I've always said that much of whisky appreciation is down to one's own personal palate. This, in my opinion, is outstanding. Sweet, full bodied and clean tasting with a gentle warmth. If angels' tears could be distilled this is what the result would be.
- Geoff Whetton, 3rd Aug '13
this is fantastic whisky the extra strength(46%) the non chill filtration and no added caramel make for an excellent nose and taste sherry, choclate ,nuts ,brown sugar and no peat which is not the norm for islay.
Out performs alot of more expensive whisky.
- bottle top, 4th May '13
Further to my previous. I have just got back to drinking this and it has an outstanding taste. I will not be without this one.
I would rate this as outstanding in its class/price.
- Johnny Norfolk, 13th Apr '13
An absolutely fantastic single malt. The taste experience makes it superb. This is a drink anytime whiskey.
- Joel, 27th Mar '13
Not sweet, very smooth and very good. It is not like other Islay malts. I would recomend this to drink anytime. The aroma is not strong but the taste is great.
- Johnny Norfolk, 22nd Feb '13
Got two years ago just opened it. Slightly peaty taste not overpowering. Slight sweet flavour. I give it an eight out ten for experienced scotch drinker.
- Bruce Nevins. Tucson, AZ USA , 28th Jan '13
New to whiskey, what with trying Glenfiddich, glenmorangie and glen livit. Have to say that this whiskey is fantastic. Plenty of flavour with an awesome after finish. For the price, it's a corker.
- Kevin E., 18th Nov '12
This slightly stronger malt has a greater intensity to it yet does not overwhelm the richness of the flavour. Whilst it doesn't have quite the smoothness of the original, it is by far one of the best and most drinkable and enjoyable malts I have ever tasted.
- Kieron, 27th Sep '12
the only whisky I will drink, superbly smooth and full of flavour. This is something special, keep it hidden at the back of the drinks cabinet for special friends, or when toasting your toes infront of the fire winter times.
- Trish, 26th Sep '12
This is a outstanding whisky!, plenty of sherry influence and peat and vinilla notes, don't take any notice of the malt snobs out there that rattle on about what "real Islay" whiskies are, just because it doesn't taste like a bonfire doesn't mean you're not getting an authentic Isaly experience, after all it's distilled on Islay and you're not going to get more authentic than that.
- Paddy, Edinburgh, 28th Jun '12
I was introduced to this whiskey 19 1994 by a friend and loved it since - it was one of the few whiskeys I never get bored of drinking !!
- David Buttigieg (MALTA), 19th Jun '12
Recommended this by bar staff at the Kilmartin Hotel, Argyllshire last week. Smooth, gentle on the palate, yet with enough edge to declare its Islay heritage. Looking forward to the bottle my wife has ordered for my birthday. Who said true romance was dead!
- Michael Catling, 28th Apr '12
Fantastic and smooth, plus easy to drink
- JJF, 25th Feb '12
Just ordered - looking forward to it based on the comments here...!
- Dave, 16th Feb '12
Full on dram with sherry, a little smoke and brown sugar. topped off with tannnings at the end. Really good for the money and a regular in my house.
- Martin, 8th Feb '12
As the world of whisky disappears up its own chuff with folk paying astronomical prices for packaged nonsense, raise a glass of this as an antidote. Great dram for reasonable money.