Bunnahabhain distillery was constructed in 1881 by the Greenlees brothers, and first opened its doors in 1883. It's located on the island of Islay, with 11 employees and four massive stills – among the biggest in the industry, alongside Glenmorangie.
Recently re-released with new packaging to signify the distillery’s move to un-chilfiltered Whiskies, Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old is a lightly smoked malt. Somewhat untypical of other Islay products, this is a delicate expression of the characteristic peated smoke that is normally found in Islay Whiskies.
Not only is there that light smokiness, but the Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old also has a fruity sweetness that combines with a subtle vanilla undertone. There is also a beautiful tang of sea air, a homage to the rough rocky shores that surround this malts coastal home. All in all the Bunnhabhain 12 Year Old is an exploration in softer smoke tones and has a great variety of flavours to complement this.
It will appeal to peat veterans as an interesting exploration, while those new to peat will welcome it openly and happily. Cheers!
The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.
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Scotch Whisky is almost never aged in new barrels. Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey casks are usually used for maturation, while many times ageing process and flavor finishing is concluded in various wine casks, such as sherry or port.
A very good scotch for the money, complex and balanced with excellent sweet and nutty flavor, interesting smoke/coastal lingering flavor
I found this to be pretty unique, particularly for an Islay whiskey. Didn’t get much smoke initially, maybe a hint on the finish. Nose for me was mostly sherry and apple. Initial flavors on the palate were sweet sherry with hints of caramel, giving way to some cinnamon spice and orange zest. With some water it got a little dryer with some oak or nutty notes
Fantastic, at a great price! A must buy
Nice and smooth. Not as peaty as I expected. Bits of fruit and chocolate on the palate.
Rich and sherried. Not as smokey as I expected, making it really well-balanced. Very good!
One of my first Islay drams.. This does not disappoint. Worth much more so buy it now while you can at this price.. Bunnawesome!!
What else can I say. This is worth every penny. Solid dram!
Not my favorite straight, but on the rocks, it's decent.
A fascinating whisky. This one comes at you with a lot of surprises. Light sweet smoke on the nose with caramel and a hint of sawdust. Maraschino cherry on the palate and dark chocolate and spice on the finish.
I was surprised this one had little to no peat in it. Smoky oak wood and a nice sweet finish. The smoke is strong but well balanced with a salty palate
Love this unique Islay. This is one of the few scotches where I completely disagree with Flaviar's spiral - there is next to no smokiness in this scotch. It's very lightly peated. The nose is sweet and inviting - caramel, vanilla, spice. The palate follows but expands into bright fruits, more caramel and lots of delicious oak. The slightest hint of peat appears as you let the scotch expand on your palate. Some light peat (in this case, different from smoke) comes in during the finish and the oak really cements itself. Being non-chill filtered, higher ABV and E150 free really makes this a top-notch 12 year. Thick, oily mouthfeel. Overall delicious, satisfying scotch.
More sherry than peat - not my favorite
Nice balance of fruit and light smoke. A good companion to other Islay whiskies.
Really like this. Still getting used to smokey scotch. Like this stuff, good amount of smokey, peaty flavor without overwhelming other flavors.
My introduction to a single malt Scotch. I was not disappointed. I love the smoky-peaty flavor. Instantly became my favorite.
My “go to” Scotch
Love this! So smooth and surprisingly not peaty; rather a woodiness. Bunnahabhain has a permanent spot in my home bar. I highly recommend!
I like this one! Not as peaty as some Islay Scotches I have tried. A very pleasant flavor. My palate is not all that well-developed yet, but it tastes sweet to me. Will buy again.
Beautiful and smooth
I'm still figuring out Scotch, having been a bourbon drinker. This one was quite a good bottle.
I love the tastes of sherry and caramel that linger. Just a touch of peat. One of my favorites!
I watched a documentary on Islay and decided it would be fun to order in a bottle from each of the distilleries. I did a tasting with a few close friends and I decided the Bunnahabhain was my favorite of the lot. Most friends agreed. I’m not a fan of heavy peat smoke so this was perfect for me.
The third of my standard bottles (with Clynelish 14 and Glengoyne 12). Big fan of the fruit/sherry notes here, with enough complexity to keep me interested.
Overall a solid Scotch. A nice flavor pallet, a bit of a kick, and a nice, long-lasting finish. Just missing that “special something” for me.
I'm a fan of Lagavulin, but this less peaty, lightly smoked malt is now one of my very favorites.
lighly peated islay scotch
So damn good
Sherry coats the palette. A wet drink to start with a mild dry finish that let's out the oak.
A very good sipping whisk(e)y. Not as peaty as other Islay offerings. Something you can come back to over and over. Nice smokeyness to it still, flavors will linger for a while.
Smooth with a pleasant after taste.
Bunnahabhain 12 year a refreshing with a little less turf you should expect with an Islay whisky.
Starting with soft fresh tones on the nose, sweet tending to hints of flowers and dried fruit.
Surrounded with somekind of smokeyness.
Alcolhol percentage 46,3%
Good to combine with a cigar > Hajenius Petit Corona (shortfiller)
good stuff, unsweetened bitter mocha slightly hot finish
Sherry, candied nuts, oaky cask...
Hands down my favorite unpeated scotch
As my first scotch tasting, I found this smooth and complex. Worth the price as I get started & learn about the flavors.
Complex, smooth and reasonably priced. So far, my favourite Scotch.
This is scotch!! Not heavy on the peat, smooth on tongue, and proof that you don’t have to break the bank to enjoy top shelf scotch
An amazing Islay Whisky but without the peat smoke. It has some complexity to it which makes it a very enjoyable dram. I absolutely recommend this one to everyone I get the chance to do so. You will not go wrong with this bottle.
Long lasting bite and sweetness that changes throughout with the woody notes
I enjoyed it. I liked the mild peat and fruit notes. A nice Scotch to sit and enjoy. Worth the price.
Not good. Did not go well with my tast buds.
Always a great middle between lighter scotch and heavy peat!
My first experience with an Islay Scotch, and my second whiskey overall, and I have to tell you it's wonderful. If you're looking for a heavy or even moderate Peat this is not the one to get. But if your looking for an introduction to an Islay I strongly recommend you give this one a chance. You'll enjoy the complexity this one offers.
My favorite of the Islay products. A subtle hint of peat and smoke surrounding rich fruit flavors from pear to black cherry. Changes character to a salty bite at the finish. A pure delight.
Smoke-ish, very light peat with lasting notes of vanilla, warming and complex
I thought I would like it more, but for a full flavor it is very nice.
Islay, but not peaty. Great notes and tells a story, but super easy to drink for a single malt.
Very nice. Not as smokey as I expected from an Islay whisky, though it has peat character. The interesting thing is the vanilla and fruits, not very common on this malts.
Very nice smooth scotch
Very smokey. Didn’t quite expect it because the initial smell was light. Very heavy in the mouth but the spices hit the back of your tongue in a very satisfying way. Most of the heat presents itself in your throat. Only then did I taste the nuts. Tiny hints of vanilla emerged with 2 drops of water. If you rub it in your hands you can smell the nuts as the alcohol runs away. Very pleased with this malt.
this Scotch was smooth and not peaty at all. I loved it and would definitely purchase it again!
A nice mild Islay. Similar to Bowmore, but a bit more subtle, complex, and smoother. Ends with a surprisingly wonderfully full finish.
Smooth. Fruity, nutty, slightly spicy. very sweet finish. Enjoyed it very much.
Nose has lots of caramel, toffee smells. Very creamy scotch. Not much peatiness or smoke for my taste, but that may just be because my tastebuds are burnt out from Laphroig. :) Great drink nonetheless when I'm looking for something lighter.
Almost superb. Almost :) I would not mind getting it for a present but I would not buy it.
Wow! The MacAllan was for me the best scotch I had ever tasted, until this beauty arrived at my door. I am not a fan of overwhelming peat, so this one was right down my alley
Nose is a lovely mix of soft vanilla and caramel with a hint of smoke and coastal air on the back end. The sweet sherry influences hit the top note on the palate, with traces of caramel and nuttiness in the middle, and ends with a bitterness not unlike savoring extra-dark chocolate, which lingers during the finish with a touch of sea salt and smoke. A very complex scotch that belies its age. My personal favorite.
Good daily scotch. Well balanced with sweet and smoky
I love smokey, peaty Islay malts - this particular Islay malt takes a more delicate approach to the smoke and largely leaves the peat behind. Instead, there's more emphasis on sherry and vanilla, particularly in the aroma. Also surprisingly smooth! Really enjoy it.
Really enjoyable scotch. Notes of caramel and apple on the nose. The sweetness really opens up with a little water. Finishes with a hint of salt and smoke.
This whisky is both sweet and complex, without the normal smokey essence typical to Islay Scotches. I’m an instant fan!
Super Smooth! Sweet and right for the pallet. Something to drink to great music or with friends.
Too smokie for me, it is almost a peat. I'm not a fan of peat.
Very smooth Scotch that is worth the price. Definitely one of my top choices now. Excellent!
Bunnahabhain 12 Year is a very good delicate Scotch with a birth of vanilla fudge & barley grist leading to a life of fresh sea spray, berry & nut; blending into a gentle death.
The older versions get extremely pricey over $1,000-$3,000. So I figured the more affordable 12 year old has to be delish. I was right on and this is in my top 10 to drink with friends for somewhat special occasions.
The briny, almost salted caramel and dried fruit on the palette with a smooth lingering finish kept me coming back for more. Excellent coastal style dram!
Excellent. Very smooth
Probably an 8 1/2 for me. Not quite the 18, but delicious.
A smooth yet rough complex experience.
Very nice, smokey vanilla, and sherry. nice balance.
Smooth and smoky!
An average single malt scotch. Not bad, but nothing fantastic.
Quaich Bar tasting set - slightly too salty and smoky for me
awesome- 12 year is as good as many 18 years
A really fine and yet rough whisky, salty sweetness pairs with nutty caramel smoke. Delicious!