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    Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old Reviews

    Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old 82
    Based on 10 reviews.
    Rated on a scale of 50 to 99
    Distillery
    Bunnahabhain
    Style
    Single Malt
    Release
    Unspecified
    Age
    12 Years
    Alcohol
    40% abv.
    Region
    Scotland, Islay
    Bottled For
    Distillery

    Our characteristic bottle is emerald green with the helmsman emblazoned within a golden porthole on the front. It comes complete with a booklet and a black gift tube that the bottle fits snugly into. The nose offers a fresh and aromatic experience with a subtle whiff of smoke floating through the air. The taste starts with a light fruit and nut appeal that leads to a spectacular malty sweetness, finishing into a beautifully rich full-bodied, lingering experience.

    Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old
    Review by ChadDavis

    8750/99
    Color
    amber - 1
    Nose
    pineapple, pear salad, honey, mild peat in the background.
    Body
    Thin, relatively fast running legs. Astringent mouthfeel, some alcohol burn on the hard palate.
    Palate
    Pears and honeycomb, licorice and distant saltiness. Very easy to drink. Pepper burn and buttery smoothness, somehow, reminiscent of the Balvenie 12 year Doublewood.
    Finish
    The honey dissolves into a spicy pepper. Fairly short finish with a slight bitterness and a pronounced numbness of the tongue and roof of the mouth.

    Delightful whesky. It's decidedly sweet and easy to drink. Fruit and spices rule the palate and there is enough alcohol to make for a nice finish. It's very flavorful and easy to drink. This is the gentlest of the Islay whiskies, and there isn't any peat flavor to speak of. I'm pretty sure that they do not peat the barley at all. Yet, a faint Islay flavor remains, sea air or peat in the Islay water make for a faint hint at its origins. I am well acquaintedwith Black Bottle, and no doubt, much of the flavor there comes from the pear and honey sweetness of this legendary malt. Drink it anytime of year, and give it to novices. Its a winning choice. Peat heads will be disappointed, but there are plenty of choices for them. Bunnahabhain 12, well done. 87

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    Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    7050/99
    Color
    Amber
    Nose
    Operating room and sherry.
    Body
    Very smooth but distinctly alcohol and sherry. Not as hot as the smell suggested.
    Palate
    Smooth and fruity, but not experienced enough to get past the hospital smell.
    Finish
    After about two minutes the taste is a rich, buttery kind of nut flavor that almost made it worthwhile.

    First drink in 35 years, so my opinion is worthless. Wanted to try a single malt scotch before the end, and I wanted that wonderful smokey taste I remember from blended scotch and Jack Daniels. This is not it. More like sherry or strong wine. I expected peat. Gave this to a co-worker. I will try Laphroaig 10.

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    Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old
    Review by Mr Darcy

    8550/99
    Color
    Light Gold
    Nose
    Salty, Smoke, Sherry, Vanilla
    Body
    Full
    Palate
    Peaty, smoke, buttery oily syrupy.
    Finish
    Long creamy salty sweetness.

    Wonderful peaty salty fruity all balanced in great harmony.

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    Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    8050/99
    Color
    golden amber
    Nose
    just a good scotch breath that makes me think of the distillers dream for a rich mild drink that would convey the sea air of the island and the clear cold spring water supply - no peat here and even though I love the peaty whiskeys, Bunnahabhain is perfect without it
    Body
    this has to be the quintessential rich but mild bodied whiskey that doesn't grow stale
    Palate
    you're drinking Scotch but it's smooth without being bland, the taste buds are fired but not killed - it verges on sweet without suggesting sugar and if you are poetic then you might hear/taste the sea and smell the surf it makes me feel that this American could be a real Scot rather than just a descendant
    Finish
    nice long finish of warmth and flavor fading away pleasantly and encouraging that next sip

    I was drawn to this whiskey by the sound of the gaelic name meaning something like Mouth of the River and found it to be a delightful drink - one that you could share with one of your none-scotch drinking friends without pulverizing his brain. I plan to always have a bottle in my small collection.

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    Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old
    Review by Eye-lah Guy

    8750/99
    Color
    Dark amber and slightly opaque
    Nose
    Up front nose of charred oak, vanilla extract and spicy malt
    Body
    Medium to heavy body, serious
    Palate
    Just prior to contact, the weighty sweetness of the body insinuates it’s way into the taste buds, with a maple/honey character of extreme intensity for a Scottish malt. Languishing sweetness can seem imperious and burden the balance, though...
    Finish
    Depending on your dinner or mood, the maple and brown sugar is relinquished for a tangy and spicy malt finish that is jackhammer-efficient at times

    While this is a whisky of deep-character and fine repute, I find the sum total of the parts of Bunnahabhain XII superior to the whole; at long last, it’s a B+ whisky, reminding me of a reliable Speyside or Lowland double cask like Glenrothes, Arbelour or Auchentoshan. I’m not in Islay. Where is the salt, the iodine, the sea?!?

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    Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9350/99
    Color
    Amber + 3 (truly dark for a no E150A and at 12 y.o. - amazing)
    Nose
    Brine, maritime, hints of smoke, very small amounts of peat and sherry. Beautiful.
    Body
    Thick, lovely legs. Oils and esters apparent in glass. With water, scotch mist is exposed, truly this is a quality dram.
    Palate
    Maritime, figs, sherry, hints of bourbon, tiny amounts of peat, a'bunadh and uigeadail characteristics, low taste of petrol, sweet, candied fruits, butterscotch, caramel, lovely stuff.
    Finish
    Finish is long and sweet. This is truly a quality of a dram. Very far from the original.
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    Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9550/99
    Color
    dim orange gold
    Nose
    burnt sugar, raisins, mild peat
    Body
    full, oily
    Palate
    starts out almost brandy like, raisins again, toffee, pretty consistent with the nose
    Finish
    peat comes out in a long finish, touch of salt maybe

    This is for the new 46.3 proof. Lovely

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    Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old
    Review by Rmolledo

    6050/99
    Color
    tad lighter than gold.
    Nose
    vanilla, brine, oak, salt air, chocolate covered cherries. peat smoke.
    Body
    slightly heavier body. clingy.
    Palate
    peat malt, some smoke, briney. slightly sweet.
    Finish
    an evolving finish that uncovers many flavors. not too long.

    I know there are a lot of Bunnahabhain 12yr fans out their but this isn't my favorite scotch. still good don't get me wrong but the palate isn't my favorite and can be a bit harsh at times.

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    Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old
    Review by Eddie

    8450/99
    Color
    Light, Amber
    Nose
    Orange, Butter and Sea Air along with the smell of a Campfire on the Beach.
    Body
    Full Bodied Syrupy.
    Palate
    Peat a Little Smoke, Buttery and a little sweet. This whisky has a slight bite to it, nothing Hot, just a slight bite.
    Finish
    Nice Finish, Just long enough, Good Whisky Feel and a little Spice , Licorice Maybe

    This Whisky was good, But not a real Bell Ringer. As far as Islay Whiskys are concerned it's right in there but it's a little to Sweet and Toffee tasting for me. Lips feel sticky at the Finish.

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    Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old
    Review by Dr.Whisky

    7950/99
    Color
    White wine
    Nose
    Light and breezy, sea air, yoghurt and orange syrup. Baking flour and vanilla. Balsamic vinegar. Fruity and salty/sour.
    Body
    Nutty/oily. Chewy
    Palate
    Smooth and very pleasant. Feels great in the mouth. Sweet creaminess. Sour cream on a bagel. Turns bitter, like orange juice after brushing teeth, and slightly peaty showing off its Islay ruggedness.
    Finish
    Oaky, creamy, and slighly salty finish. Doesn't linger.

    A 10pm go-to dram for many people. Often found on optic in Scotland pubs as malt-of-the-month.

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