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Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old

No smoking gun

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@tjbReview by @tjb

7th Mar 2013


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I have to be honest, i love the look of the bottle. It stands out from the norm and the smoky glass shades the contents perfectly. The colour is a wonderful moody rich caramel. Upon first pour this seems more Speyside than Islay. It smells salty and sweet backed by fruit. I had expected smoke but its not there.

On the palate it's sweet with sherry and raisins. The finish leaves a tingle on the tongue, sherry and sea spray and finally I get the peat.

It is the first Islay that I have tried that hasn't been powerfully smokey or heavily. This is a good solid entry level with appeal. It's not overly complex but it ticks enough boxes and is a grower.

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Rigmorole commented

I've never tasted the old Bunnahabhain 12. I would be curious to compare the new with the old side by side. The old is supposed to be more complex, I guess.

9 years ago 0

tjb commented

@rigmorole I think you are right. This is not a very complex dram at all. I like it for its easy drinking, smooth nature and interesting flavour. You wouldn't spend an hour profiling it.

That said, I cracked a new bottle of this open last night.

8 years ago 0

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