Scotch - Single Malt

Bunnahabhain 12yr Single Islay Malt Scotch Whisky

From: Islands, Scotland Liquor Review Category: Single Malt Scotch

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Tier 1
This is a Tier 1 score in the Whiskey category. It means the spirit has won the highest recommendation at least once and probably many times.
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Awards

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2009
  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016

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Proof66 Notes

The Bunnahabhain 12yr is the youngest scotch currently offered delivering a "light fruit" and "spectacular malty sweetness."

The Bunnahabhain (prounounced "BOON-a-HAH-ven") Distillery was founded in 1881. In a departure from other Islay scotch whiskies, they do not regard their malt as heavily peated instead relying upon their spring water and coastal environment. Bunnahabhain was sold as part of the acquisition of Burn Stewart Distilleries (who own the distillery) to the Distell Group of South Africa in 2013.

Rabble Reviews

This bottle has 8 ratings and 7 reviews.
Slàinte Mhath Slàinte Mhath (39) (2016-09-22)
Being a more restrained and virtually unpeated version of an Islay whisky, Bunnahabhain 12 tends to be overlooked - which is a shame! The superb quality (46.3% ABV, non-chill filtered and natural color) brings out the maritime character of this Single Malt. The nose is very engaging, intense and robust with seaweed, iodine, dark fruits and a complex, nutty creaminess. Tastewise, delicate sherry and a rich toffee note harmonize with dark chocolate, walnuts and a hint of oak. With a long, sweet and spicy finish, the whisky underscores its outstanding quality. RATING: 4.0/5.0 ≙ 88 pts
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Phizbin Phizbin (204) (2015-08-03)
Velvety soft scotch. This is one that lacks all the temperamental highland flavors or the island peat reek. There's a touch of smoke to announce it as scotch but I would generally regard this as unpeated. For that reason, I can understand why a lot of scotch drinkers would look away from this or, at best, shrug. For all that, i thought it was a gorgeous scotch with a soft, subtle touch; loads of flavor; and a feminine touch. There are several softer scotches that I like a great a deal: Auchentoshan, Dalwhinnie... this is right in that wheelhouse of scotch whisky. People may accuse it of being entry level or a gateway scotch.... I find myself going back to it.
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PhatCat PhatCat (10) (2015-03-13)
The complexity and quality is there (craft presentation is a plus), but simply put, I did not find myself enjoying this one. It's just missing that one characteristic that really stands out or leaves me wanting more. It's slightly sweet, a little oaky, and just faintly smoky and peaty. I do get some subtle dark fruit from the sherry, but the sherry influence is very much subdued otherwise. It's a fairly balanced whisky much to its detriment, and I just don't think I'll feel the urge to replace my bottle once I've finished it. With that said though, you can do a lot worse than this.
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Muncher Muncher (263) (2014-11-23)
Is this one used in blended whiskeys? Johnnie Walker perhaps? Maybe a few others too. It's very good. Sweet, lightly peated Islay scotch. Like Highland Park 12 but with a little more oak and peppery spice. Absolutely nothing wrong with it but when I'm having a dram it feels like I'm having a run of the mill mid shelf blend that I've had dozens of times over. Just doesn't feel unique.....or maybe I'm just in a pissy mood because this is some good scotch.
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Review Comments
Slàinte Mhath (2016-05-02):
Bunnahabhain is used as a blend filler in Black Bottle.

joelbarrett joelbarrett (58) (2013-03-22)
A really strong peaty scotch.
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Review Comments
Slàinte Mhath (2016-05-02):
This Islay malt is virtually unpeated!

magezi magezi (55) (2012-03-08)
I have to say that I liked this very much. It's no-smoke Islay whisky with some sherry in there. One thing I liked was that seashore aroma with no peat. It's light and refreshing! This is for old bottling, I have'nt tasted new stronger version.
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alanlheath alanlheath (7) (2010-12-07)
Honey and satisfying malt/graining nose. Slightly smokey. Medium body, medium finish.
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