Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old70cl / 46.3%
- Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Distillery Bottling
Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old Reviews
Tasting Notes by Billy A
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.
54 Customer Reviews
I love the Bunnahabhain 12 year old!! Every time I fly and land in a good duty free shop (the ones in USA - SUCK!), I look for the Bunnahabhain. Its just a touch smokey but so smooth that it will make you want to slap your.....(insert whomever). I was introducted as the lowest peaty level scotch on the market. I love some peat just not anything like Laphroig or the like. To me B gets me both worlds a bit of peat but not so over powering that kills the experience.
I basically blind tasted it. I got coastal with fruit Blackberries.
I''m writing this in the wake of my mother''s passing last night at The mighty age of 92. Sitting in her study after an evening with my 3 sisters reminiscing, and sipping this 12 YO, which I bought to open with my bro-in-law because my surname, Hain, makes up a third of "Bunnahabhain". A world away from the old 12, and reminiscent of a dry sherried Speysider with added seasalt. . I call this the "Islay Mortlach " and pour myself a third, or is it a fourth?
About as good as it gets for the price. If you like the tasting notes of course. If you are looking for peat, there is none to be found.
what i like is the lightness of the smoke, even though i prefer more smokey Islay''s this has something special. its a wonderful whisky and well worth the money
Amazing cream and vanilla notes, unlike i''ve ever tasted. At 46% this really has an impressive finish, very long and smooth, spectacular. Make this bottle last and you will not regret buying.
For a 12 year old (and I''m not saying whiskies that aren''t 21-29 years old are inferior by default...I simply mean compared to others in the 12 year age class)-- this simply doesn''t get any better, only different. I''m an experienced and well read whiskey enthusiast, and know that 1st hand experience is far more valuable than reading tasting notes (so go buy one!). I use 3 palatting techniques (critical to experiment with!). I pay attention to what foods I eat might subtly affect a particular whiskey I sip even an hour or more after a meal, I pioneer food pairings as well...I''m no noobie, and I say that this is perfectly balanced, perfection in a bottle. About palatting techniques (briefly), find a very, very dry whiskey, and experiment with different palatting techniques until you can make it taste sweet-- because whatever flavors might be revealed in doing so, will only be enjoyed IF, you do so...experiment with various ways you sip, and swallow (never gulp even a small sip! Swallow it in 2-3 miniature intervals while palatting). Yes, that was the brief explanation, have fun learning the rest :) This is the best era Bunnahabhain has seen in a decade, I appreciate the fine attention to detail from this distillery lately-- it''s never been better in my experience. Looong finish for a 12 too! Highly recommend even to those weary of Islays. :)
A superious staple whiskey. A decent, affordable whiskey to be enjoyed at any time during the year. Always have one in the cupboard.
This one''s a great entry level bottling. It won''t rock your world unless you are fairly new to single malts but the quality is consistent from bottle to bottle and the taste has no flaws.
Smooth and silky. Tastes great and goes down a treat. To be honest it's the dog's.