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19 Mar 2009

Bunnahabhain 12 years

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Bunnahabhain

bunnaProbably Islay’s least appreciated distillery? An outsider anyway, with less of the typical Islay characteristics. You can still detect the sea though.


Bunnahabhain 12y (40%, OB +/- 2008)

Fresh nose. Honey and ginger. Fruity with hints of dry sherry. Really mild, the smoke is only noticeable in the distance and peat is virtually absent. Mouth: mellow and really sweet. Just a tad smokey. Weak attack (it seems over-diluted) but it gets more powerful after a few seconds. More smoke and coffee in the aftertaste. A tiny bit of peat as well (or was that just imagination?).

Not bad actually. Nothing special either. Around € 30.

Score: 78/100.

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  • Luca D’Anna

    hi Ruben, have you tasted the new version?

  • Ruben

    No I haven’t. If it happens to cross my path, I’ll try it of course, but it’s not the kind of malt I’ll be buying just to review it 😉

  • Newkophile

    Considering it’s now bottled and available at 46% ABV, it would seem that your review is quite out of date, especially the part where you describe the dram as weak and over-diluted.

  • WhiskyNotes

    It’s not out of date per se. There are tons of reviews of discontinued bottlings on this website, which are still valuable as they may pop up in auctions or in your grandfather’s cellar. But indeed it has lost its value as buying advice. Anyway it’s a good thing that distilleries are adopting a higher base strength. I’ll certainly try the 46% version if it comes along.

  • Newkophile

    Point taken.



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