Scotch - Single Malt

Bunnahabhain 12yr Single Islay Malt Scotch Whisky

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

Bottle/Rating Data

Rating Description

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.
Login to Edit This Bottle

Personal Lists

Login to save this bottle to one or more of your personal lists.

Awards

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

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

Beverage Testing Institute

  • This bottle has not been rated by this competition.

Wine Enthusiast

  • This bottle has not been rated by this competition.

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.

Read More

Rabble Reviews

This bottle has 8 ratings and 7 reviews.
Cranecreek Cranecreek (164)
Rating: 4.0 (2016-10-17)[Updated Review]
I have only had a 50ml sample of this, but based on that, I would try a bottle if I find it. I felt this Scotch was very complex with flavors ranging from dark fruit sweetness, some Oak and smoke. (not peat smoke) just smoky flavor, plus a dark coffee presence. Now maybe the label was working on my mind, but for the one drink I had... " was there a hint of a sea breeze ?"
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • - KaiserSoze up voted your review on 2016-11-06.

Login to vote or comment on this review.
Phizbin Phizbin (362)
Rating: 4.0 (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.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • - KaiserSoze up voted your review on 2016-11-06.

  • - peathead up voted your review on 2016-10-17.

Login to vote or comment on this review.
PhatCat PhatCat (14)
Rating: 3.0 (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.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • - Phizbin up voted your review on 2015-08-03.

  • - gregor up voted your review on 2015-04-11.

Login to vote or comment on this review.
Muncher Muncher (587)
Rating: 4.0 (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.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • - gregor up voted your review on 2015-04-11.

Login to vote or comment on this review.
joelbarrett joelbarrett (56)
Rating: 4.0 (2013-03-22)
A really strong peaty scotch.
No votes have been submitted yet for this review.
Login to vote or comment on this review.
magezi magezi (67)
Rating: 5.0 (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.
No votes have been submitted yet for this review.
Login to vote or comment on this review.
alanlheath alanlheath (7)
Rating: 4.0 (2010-12-07)
Honey and satisfying malt/graining nose. Slightly smokey. Medium body, medium finish.
No votes have been submitted yet for this review.
Login to vote or comment on this review.

Tags

We have been busy tagging every bottle on our site with keywords. Click on a tag to search on that keyword and find other bottles with that same characteristic.

Barcodes

Here are the barcodes we have collected from various sizes of this bottle. If you have additional barcodes please submit them to us!
  • 087236250027
  • 10758371130518
  • 5837113050
  • 758371130818
    See an error? We try very hard to have accurate information for every bottle, but sometimes we miss something or just plain get it wrong. If you see any information or data that is in error for this bottle, please report the error to us and we'll get it corrected right away. Cheers!

    Advertisements

    Join Mora

    Related Products