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Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old

(70cl, 46.3%)
Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old

Awards for Bunnahabhain 12


Islay Single Malt 12 Years and Under - 2014

World Whiskies Awards


Islay up to 12 years old - 2014

The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)

Silver Outstanding
Silver Outstanding

Scotch Single Malt - Islay - 2014

International Wine & Spirit Competition


Single Malt Scotch - to 12 Yrs - 2013

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Silver Outstanding
Silver Outstanding

Scotch Single Malt - Islay - 2013

International Wine & Spirit Competition

Bunnahabhain 12 Details


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Insider knowledge: Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old whisky is named whisky by virtue of the fact it's from Scotland. If distilled in America the spelling would be Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old whiskey, as opposed to whisky.

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Bunnahabhain 12 Bottling Note

This entry level Bunnahabhain bottling comes in a redesigned bottle. This 12 year old is lightly peated for an Islay single malt and consequently is a light, fresh dram. Now at the higher strength of 46.3% - for more complexity and flavour.
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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Fresh, sweet. Seaweed, malt.

Palate: Soft, supple. Sherry, nutty. A little sweetness, malty, juicy sultana. Slightly coastal.

Finish: Sherried, mochaccino, herbal, balanced salty tang.

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User Reviews of the Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old

Not Peated, but Amazing Sherry Spectacular

While I agree with many that Bunnahabhain 12 seems to have just a touch of peat, which melds perfectly with this sherry bomb of a whisky, according to the distillery it is actually unpeated. I struggle to believe it because it means all that smoky flavor in it comes purely from the wood.

20th September 2014

Well priced, well balanced

This dram offers good value for it's money. I love the amber color to start with. The body is light and rolls cleanly through your glass. On the nose, it's quite gentle, with both hints of seaside and meadowy landscapes. The palate reveals a smooth herbal sensation, ultimately resulting in a medium long finish characterized by a trace of pepper and more herbs. Definitely enjoyable whisky which is nicely accesable and friendly on the tongue.

29th August 2014

Very nice

£28 odd on offer at waitrose, really glad I picked it up, lovely :)

25th August 2014

It means...

... foot of the river

22nd August 2014

The name?

n anybody tell me what Bunnahabhain means?

19th August 2014

A beautiful dram

This has been a real discovery. I picked up a bottle while visiting Islay and have really enjoyed it. Rich, complex flavours with a beautiful, dark chocolate finish. I highly recommend it.

24th July 2014

My favourite

I don't know anyone who doesn't enjoy this. We have had many bottles and most expressions including a lovely 14 year old from Chieftain's Choice.# Really enjoying the 25 year old at present. Would like the old style bottle back with the older fisherman on the front as I liked it.

23rd June 2014

An excellent choice

I was given a bottle as a gift and really enjoyed it - a touch of peat but considerably less than most Islay malts. A lovely expression.

5th June 2014

Really quite bad

Bought this on the highest recommendation of First time he's lead me astry (so I assume that the fault lies with inconsistency at Bunnahabhain!) This malt simply tastes rancid--like a cross between burnt rubber and rotting meat. It's completely undrinkable and I don't even think I could blend the off flavors away.

24th March 2014


A beautiful dram

11th March 2014

A different Islay

I picked this up along with the sister brand Deanston 12 when they were offered at a £10 discount at my local supermarket. They are both bottled unchillfiltered at over 46% and represent great value. The Bunna has more flavour and a fair degree of peat influence without it taking control. My only disappointment is a distinctly musty nose, but it is less obvious on the palate. All in all, a cracker of a single malt. I shall be ordering more at full price.

4th March 2014

One of the best from Islay Scottland!

Bunnahabhain 12 and Highland Park 12 always stay in my cabinets....

11th January 2014

Pretty good

If you like lightly peated, lightly sweet, this is a good drink. I love the extra alcohol burn, but it disguises some flavor. Worth trying but a bit pricey

18th December 2013

Life is just a bowl of Cornflakes

Life is a a bowl of cornflakes isn't it? Bunnahabhain own up to 1 million casks, all of which are on their 3rd or 4th use. The bunna 12 was the bottle which started my obsession/addiction to whisky many moons ago. Sadly, a visit to the distillery this year confirmed the crisis they are in - tired casks, maximum production reached, a lack of cask storage and infrastructure expenditure neglect have culminated in the drop in quality of this revered dram. I hope the new owners, Distell will create the turnaround. Until then, forget the 12, enjoy the 18 and cross fingers all will be well for the future.

5th November 2013


I'm new to Whisky but I've had enough experience to know great whisky exists and this isn't a great. Maybe older versions would be better to mellow out the alcohol sting idk. It's better with water but not something I'd recommend or buy again.

1st November 2013

Where's the malt?

Reminded me of a mild Brandy, too much sherry. I was disappointed because I paid $ 50 hoping to get some peat and smokey flavour but got none.

1st November 2013

A proper whisky

...lots going on and a completely different animal with just a splash of water...high up there on the flavour scale for the money and very refined...I dont give many a 10

24th October 2013

The more water, the better...

A deep amber colour for a 12 year old, with a good, medium body, leads to a rather disappointing and offensive nose. Orange peel and spices are evident, along with slight banana notes. The high alcohol content is very prominent in the nose. To taste, initially it is smooth, however as soon as the whisky is allowed to settle on the palate, the bite is overwhelming. Adding water eases the bite and relaxes the palate to succumb to the almost non-existent finish. In summary, an Islay Whisky that has none of the stereotypical characteristics of the well loved "Islay's" Characterless and alcoholic.

6th October 2013

a bonfire by the seaside

a seaside breeze of salty peat followed by gentle smooth vanilla and a beautiful oily brininess of a mouth feel thanks to the no-chill filtration still vibrant and clean with note of citrus coming through and a slight nuttiness on the finish only a drop of water needed if any and after 10/15 minutes a caramel smell develops beautiful, a great whisky in my book, the reviewer above has obviously lost all sense of smell and taste especially if he/she can not smell that PEAT.

1st October 2013

Очень плохо, один из худших. Евгений из Украины

На вкус и запах как солодовая брага. Да, есть мягкость и херес угадывается, торфа и дыма нет вообще. Очень своеобразный и противный солод. Самый худший что я пил. Отзывы о нём сильно преувеличены. На любителя. (Translation using Google translate: The taste and smell like malt brewed beer. Yes, there is a softness and sherry guessed, peat and smoke not at all. Very peculiar and nasty malt. The worst that I've been drinking. Feedback was greatly exaggerated. An amateur.)

8th June 2013

Free is good!!!!!

Got it as a present so it had a head start but have to say smooth as silk - a definite winner!

21st May 2013

One of my favourites malts

Tastes like Christmas.

14th May 2013


I will not be without this one. It is outstanding in its class/price. The more I have drunk it the better i have liked it. I would have no hesitation in recomending it to you. Johnny Norfolk

13th April 2013

Michael Chong

Setting my Easter , decided to have some and cork broke in the bottle. First cork that ever broke off In a whisky bottle for me. Other than a stopper in there now, should i make a fuss and take back to the store? Anyone else have this problem? I have hardly had more than 4-5 tots. Interested in your opinion. Mike - Ssouth Africa

1st April 2013

Not so bueno

We had a blind tasting of six different Islays. There were nine of us sampling all the drams and it was unanimous, the 12yo Bunnahabhain was the worst of the six. Burnt rubber was actually written on two separate note cards.

13th February 2013

Delightful dram

Beautiful details in the nose. Caramels and apricots. A touch of water opens it up and brings more smiles. No artificial coloring and not chill filtered, too. A great, great sip. The bottle empties quickly.

11th February 2013

Nice caramels, minimal peat

Creamy and smooth. An excellent value. I much prefer the Bunnahabhain 25 (10 out of 10!), but for far less money, you can get this and pretend it's the 25!

5th February 2013

Wolf Cairn Moor

I've a wee taste by the fire every evening; it is the best part of my day.

31st December 2012

Keep exploring this one!

Certainly a game of too halves.- neat it is strong and sherried - add a dash (more Like a drip!) and it becomes a smooth fruity Xmas pudding of a malt with a hint of vanilla hanging round the edges. Exceptional - and a bottle you want to keep exploring further to unearth its hidden flavours !

6th October 2012

League winner

One of the best single malts i have ever tasted, the bottle runs out far too quick though ;)

9th June 2012

One of the best

Jim Murray doesn't like it - but I think it's great. Plenty of punch and nice caramels. No peat but still an Islay great.

3rd June 2012

pablo adipas

This is the best malt i have ever drunk!Every sip from this brings back good old memories.Its aroma reminds me of wild peaches,wet smoke,cinnamon and the salty sea air.Without a doubt the king of malts.I need a drink now!

29th March 2012

Good one, but...

Sherried, black currant, lightly seaweed, nutty, smooth spices. A very different than older presentation, but not necessarily better. I have to mention, that when I have less than 1/5 bottle left, it suddenly started to taste very bitter and sulfuric. Maybe oxygen influence? I hope that was just a dud, because otherwise this is a great stuff.

29th February 2012


Beautiful, chust....

7th December 2011



4th October 2011

french red wine

with sherry touch - pronounced peat, that does not overwhelm the spicy, ftuity bodeaux- note, but still makes very clear it´s islay scotch of the finest

4th October 2011

french red wine

with sherry touch - pronounced peat, that does not overwhelm the spicy, ftuity bodeaux- note, but still makes very clear it´s islay scotch of the finest

4th October 2011

Chatting with Elvis

Definately the King of Malt

30th September 2011


Is he sitting on Shergar?

8th September 2011

Found at Last!

If you look closely you can see that without any doubt the character on the bottle is Lord Lucan in disguise. Surely the police can get him at last!

15th December 2009

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