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.
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.
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
Is he sitting on Shergar?
8th September 2011
Definately the King of Malt
30th September 2011
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
7th December 2011
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
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
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
One of the best single malts i have ever tasted, the bottle runs out far too quick though ;)
9th June 2012
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
I've a wee taste by the fire every evening; it is the best part of my day.
31st December 2012
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
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
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
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
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.
13th April 2013
Tastes like Christmas.
14th May 2013
Got it as a present so it had a head start but have to say smooth as silk - a definite winner!
21st May 2013
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
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
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
...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
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
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.
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