Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old

70cl / 46.3%
  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old
Web Exclusive Price £42.55 £35.46 ex VAT (£60.79 per litre)
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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!
Distillery Bottling
12 Year Old


  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • Vanilla Vanilla
  • Cherry Cherry
  • Smoke Smoke
  • Cream Cream
  • Oak Oak

Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • 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.

78 Customer Reviews

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  • 5

    As good as it gets, I believe. 46% ABV, un-chill filtered, no added coloring. These things matter to me. Price... An outstanding value for what you get. Bunnahabhain 12 has a lot to offer. Love it.

  • 5
    27 February

    Any who doesn't like this whisky knows nothing of whisky....this is a standard that others should be judged against..yes there are finer, more complex whiskies out there...but....12 year at this price...come on.....oh and i love the Bottle..it is a Bunnahabian after all...this IS whisky.

  • 4
    27 February

    One of the last Islays I had yet to try and I have to say it was fantastic! The Sherry notes are very dominant and it is so unique with its sweetness, and for that novelty alone it is worth a purchase. It is like a Lagavulin taken to the extreme.... I would love to try a heavily peated version that challenged the sherry a bit more on the nose but for the entry level price there is no doubt it is a sneaky top dram. A flight of Laphroiag to Bruichladdich to Bunnahabhain is a fantastic way to show the diversity of flavors possible in the Islay single malts.

  • 5
    22 January

    Best tasting single malt I've ever had in this age group. Delicious sipping scotch.

  • 5
    22 January

    I came across Bunnahabhain a few years ago and was very impressed with it.

  • 4
    14 January

    Realllllly nice ! I like a sweeter whiskey...just a hint of smoke...no shrill aftertaste and a lovely deep colour to it...which is why I hate the bottle design...looks a bottle of port.Redesign the bottle...I like to see the whiskey through the glass !

  • 5
    2 January

    I had for the first time .... awesome taste ... had without ice or water ... just as it is ... rolled it around the tounge ... got wornderful taste & aroma.. mind blowing

  • 5
    27 November 2016

    Smoky vanilla cream with a nice sweetness. One of my favorites.

  • 4
    23 November 2016

    A quality dram. It has a lot going on. Sherry, spicey, marzipan, sherried fruit. A wonderful mouth filling whisky. NO COLOUR , although the website says otherwise. A good honest and hearty dram .

  • 4
    19 November 2016

    Legs are fast. Lack of viscosity suggest a Oloroso rather than PX cask. Nose - very sweet, dried fruits and some tropical fruits from the longer fermentation with Lactobacilli beginning to dominate the ethyl acetates, acetate esters and ethyl esters, suggesting a wooden washback. Light smokiness from gentle Peating. Slight rubber from feints, despite very narrow cuts 72-64%ABV Slightly sulphur possibly from candle in cask. Palate - sweet, salty, dried fruits and tropical fruits. Peach, mango,.wood spices detectable but not strong Finish - medium, sweet, mixed fruit, Sherried at end.

  • 5
    11 November 2016

    An amazing rich flavour, stands out amongst other whiskeys

  • 5
    27 October 2016

    One of the finest whiskies I've had the pleasure of tasting and owning that's 12yrs and at that price.

  • 5
    2 August 2016

    Another beautiful malt

  • 5
    30 June 2016

    Great malt. One of my favourites for uner ?40. It has good body palate and nose without the strong TCP hint that you get from some Islays.

  • 4
    16 May 2016

    "Nose" (undiluted) Light peat, garden fresh mint, piping hot brewed black tea, and a touch of loam. Sherry lurking in the background. Sherry? Yeah, in an Islay malt? I know. Bewildering, but more about that later. "Palate" (undiluted) Spicy dark red fruits of plum, Moroccan dates, figs delivered courtesy of aging in fine sherry casks. But, this is not simply a sherried dram! The sherry notes are lightly peated. The peat action is not your usual over-the-top Islay blast but rather evoking pleasing dry, flint-like, weathered beach stone, graphite taste. "Finish" (undiluted) Sweet malt lingers with oak, tarragon and rosemary. Wet wood beach bonfire smoke too. A faint echo of peat.

  • 5
    26 March 2016

    Seriusly great malt! This sherry-matured islay malt is one of the Best whiskies i have ever tasted. I give it my highest of recomendations. The sherry isn't a overcoat or overpowering in any way. Simply a compliment to the malt itself! But watch out, there seem to be sine problems with the 12yo in the American marked (they seem to be of pour quality). But here In Denmark, everything seems to be just fine (quality wise). Sl?inte!

  • 2
    14 February 2016

    Disappointing...inoffensive but lacking in any distinct flavour.

  • 5
    31 December 2015

    Lovely and smooth with a hint of peat but not overly so. A lovely whisky to sit in front of a roaring fire with. To Mr A. Hunt - I imagine you're taste buds have been shot to death with cheap low grade alcohol

  • 2
    25 December 2015

    A thoroughly plebian product. Low-grade rotgut, with a hint of peat smoke, nothing on the phenol count, and a rough body. Hints of cork and dirt, marginally more palatable with water.

  • 4
    22 December 2015

    A good price and very different taste compared to other Isley whiskys out there. It's not the smokiest of its kind but one that has an iteresting yet pleasant taste about it. It's a good one for the collection!

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