Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old

70cl / 46.3%
  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old
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Customer Rating
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. The producers deserve enormous credit 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
Chill Filtered


  • 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.

87 Customer Reviews

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  • 4
    30 November

    Natural colour then they put it in this awful bottle! Change the bottle this one is so wrong!

  • 5
    24 November


  • 5
    16 November

    A really balanced whisky, don't be afraid to put a fair amount of water in to bring out it's beautiful sweet flavour. It has a slight smoky/peaty flavour, but it's closer in style to many good speysides. I've been drinking this daily since I bought it so pretty much finished the bottle in 4 days. Superb, I want more.

  • 5
    13 November

    Excellent. A fine Whiskey. Would recommend this

  • 5
    16 October

    Love it. Drop of water brings out the best

  • 5
    8 October

    What a lovely whiskey, I’ll be getting it again.

  • 5
    13 September


  • 5
    14 August

    A very approachable Islay. I've had Bowmore 12 a few times; that's another approachable Islay; and one is much like the other in terms of overall flavour. Where the difference lies, in my humble opinion, is the overall balance and richness of this one. The Bowmore is lovely with enough smoke in the mix to offer a reasonable alternative to the Bunnahabhain, if one prefers more of that smoky bonfire, however the natural balance here deserves attention. The sweet richness prevails with just enough smokiness to satisfy and make one tip the bottle again and again. A little water certainly adds creaminess and a final note of licorice that, to me, is worth the extra price.

  • 5
    25 July

    This is now one of favourites. Rich, sweet, balanced. For the price, hard to beat. I also love Hibiki and Nikka From the Barrel.

  • 5
    28 April

    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

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