smoky
dried fruit
sherry bomb
vanilla sweetness
caramel
nutty
sweet
oak
salty
Spiral Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old
Bunnahabhain
12 Year Old
Tasting Notes
Appearance / Colour
Amber
 
Smell / Nose / Aroma
Fruits such as pear and apple, juicy and ripe, with vanilla sweetness and only the subtlest hints of peat
 
Flavour / Taste / Palate
A nod towards the coastal Islay shores, nutty cereal and more light fruit tones
 
Finish
Salt of the coast air comes through with a lingering end, delicate smoke completes this malt.
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A different kind of Islay Scotch.
 
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!
 
  • Style
    Single Malt Whisky
  • Region
    Islay
  • Country
    Scotland
  • Alcohol
    46.30%
  • Distillery
    Bunnahabhain
  • Bottler
    Bunnahabhain
  • Age
    12 Year Old

Bunnahabhain

12 Year Old

(0.7l, 46.30%)


8.1/10
Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old
Travis
Travis,
This whisky is both sweet and complex, without the normal smokey essence typical to Islay Scotches. I’m an instant fan!
Cristopher
Cristopher,
Super Smooth! Sweet and right for the pallet. Something to drink to great music or with friends.
Charles
Charles,
Too smokie for me, it is almost a peat. I'm not a fan of peat.
Nathan
Nathan,
Very smooth Scotch that is worth the price. Definitely one of my top choices now. Excellent!
Antti
Antti,
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.
Bruce
Bruce,
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.
Jason
Jason,
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!
anonymous
anonymous,
👍🏻
David
David,
Excellent. Very smooth
anonymous
anonymous,
Probably an 8 1/2 for me. Not quite the 18, but delicious.
James
James,
A smooth yet rough complex experience.
Will
Will,
Very nice, smokey vanilla, and sherry. nice balance.
Porter
Porter,
Smooth and smoky!
Mark
Mark,
An average single malt scotch. Not bad, but nothing fantastic.
anonymous
anonymous,
Quaich Bar tasting set - slightly too salty and smoky for me
Gordon
Gordon,
awesome- 12 year is as good as many 18 years
anonymous
anonymous,
A really fine and yet rough whisky, salty sweetness pairs with nutty caramel smoke. Delicious!
John
John,
Excellent
Mr
Mr,
One of my favorites
Dumitru
Dumitru,
That's a strong, bitter taste.
anonymous
anonymous,
🌸
anonymous
anonymous,
Sweet nose, slight smokiness, sharp after taste
Warren
Warren,
It is my favorite scotch.
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