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!
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Age
12 Year Old
Country
Scotland
Region
Islay
Chill Filtered
No

Style

  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness

Character

  • 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.

107 Customer Reviews

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  • 1
    3 days ago

    Used to love it. Bought one - cork fell apart. Whisky ruined. Distillery ignored emails.

  • 4
    25 July

    I really enjoyed this. I love the hint of caramel and vanilla combined with a subtle oaky smoke.

  • 5
    19 July

    This scotch flew under my radar for awhile, especially since Islay whisky always seems worth trying. Make this one no exception. Has a warm and sweet yet complex nose, and a rich, creamy cherry-vanilla taste. Not heavily peated but it's there in the background. All around a simply delicious and awesome whisky that intrigues every time you try it--there's a lot going on here. First tried this the same night we also got a bottle of Dalwhinnie 15; they are quite different but both rather overlooked, and absolute winners in our book! Give this outstanding single malt a try.

  • 5
    10 July

    This is great stuff that’s very unique in a several ways. For one thing it doesn’t have the trademark Islay peat. It’s heavily sherried which is also unusual for an Islay whisky. On the nose and initially on the palate this presents itself as a sherry bomb. Somewhere in the middle something coastal and medicinal kicks in. The initial sherry sweetness is well balanced by the tangy mineral like coastal notes. I’ve probably had over 30 entry level single malts over the last eight years and for some reason I’ve been reluctant to try this. I wish I had done so sooner. For me, for a whisky to become part of my regular rotation, it must be unique and challenging. I will definitely be buying more of this in the future.

  • 5
    3 July

    Really enjoy this dram! I had been searching for something sweet but with a touch of smoke and this is in my opinion the perfect combination. Cant go wrong with the price either. Will definitely keep an extra bottle.

  • 5
    29 April

    I love peated whiskies but when I don't fancy the full on peaty assault of Ardbeg or Laphroiag this is my go to Islay whisky. Incredible depth of flavor, lovely smokey finish. Excellent value.

  • 5
    25 March

    As a Scot and whisky drinker for 50 years this is to me a beautiful old fashioned malt- in same league as Bowmore 15 dark not quite a Macallan 18 sherry cask but pretty close- don't tell Distell how good this is or the price will go through the roof

  • 5
    23 March

    I have been experimenting with various "higher end" single malt scotches. Most of them more pricy than this. I am thoroughly enjoying the Bunnahabhain 12. It's the most interesting scotch I have had to date.

  • 5
    18 March

    I like a peat bomb, but this whiskey goes for gentle and subtle. It's a masterpiece. Just a sip and the flavor lingers on and on and on.

  • 5
    17 March

    Lovely single malt, drop of water or cube of ice brings out the flavour.

  • 5
    4 March

    I am a lover of Highland single malts. I also really enjoy a great Kentucky Straight bourbon. This is as smooth as anything I have ever tasted. This was my first bottle but not my last.

  • 5
    22 February

    It’s the most smoothest malt I have ever tasted! I found it when I cleaned my dads house out - he obviously kept it for something special-it brings back happy memories of him — do not add water! It would be an insult to the Whisky

  • 5
    14 February

    fantastic whisky, an approachable islay but not one to sniff at, gentle yet hard hitting with its flavours. one for everyones shelf

  • 4
    4 February

    What a pleasant surprise. Wasn't expecting too much from a 12 yr old, but this is a fine dram. Wonderful, nose, taste and finish. Long finish of vanilla and spice. Haven't added water yet. At 46.3 I guess its called for. Not sure.

  • 5
    26 January

    Wonderful, sweet salty sea. Beautiful nutty flavour, vanilla and slight spiceyness. Well done with no colour and unchill filtered, the way scotch should be.

  • 5
    23 January

    I think this the best Single Malt Scotch you can buy at this price, you could spend a lot more and never find the satisfaction you'll find with this Scotch.. A very comforting drink, exactly what I was looking for.

  • 5
    21 January

    The best

  • 4
    20 January

    Lovely salty/sweet (brown sugar), lightly peated fruity/floral? whisky.. Creamy, vanilla, cherry and lovely peppery finish.. Highly recommended.

  • 1
    12 January

    Words are failing me, almost. The Bunna 12 used to be a great malt (oddly, the old 40 % was the best) , but now this is just a horribly sulfured mess. Bourbon lead, but sherry casks here are so bad that they ruin the whole show. So sad, now I don't even dare to try 18 year old.

  • 4
    9 January

    I am new to drinking scotch and I found that I really liked this. It wasn’t too peaty and it had a nice finish. The price is reasonable too.

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