Review #943 – Bunnahabhain 12 Year

Review #943 | Scotch Review #313 – Bunnahabhain 12yr

The Schtick: This is a core range release from Bunnahabhain. It is aged for 12 years by Bunna on Islay. About 20% of Bunna’s distillate is heavily peated, but this is an unpeated release from them. It contains 25% sherried malt and 75% malt aged in ex-bourbon.


Distiller: Bunnahabhain (Islay)

Bottler: Bunnahabhain (Islay)

ABV: 46% ABV

Age: 12 Years


Nose: Sweet honey, fresh baked bread. Nice light oak, some pepper, a bit of sherry sweetness. Very faint pepper, tiniest whiff of smoke.

Taste: Medium mouth feel. No real heat. Sweet honey, tobacco, bread-y. Sweet fruits, sherry presence is mild but present. Light tobacco and very faint salinity and ash.

Finish: Short to medium in length, lots of currant, caramel, light bread characteristics and some pepper.

Overall: Overall, one of my favorite core line products in the space of 12yr single malts around the $55 mark. It’s sweet, and well rounded but interesting enough to enjoy an entire bottle of. A tiny bit of Bunnahabhain’s Islay character shines through, which blends well with the sweetness of the sherry and base spirit here with the ex-bourbon which makes for a really enjoyable experience.

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Rank: 6


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