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Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old

Packaging gets it right!

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@squidboy007Review by @squidboy007

12th Mar 2013


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This was packaged in a neat little dark bottle, with a red, fiery looking logo showing off the complex, fun-to-say "Bunnahabhain" and a grizzled old seaman looking out over the bow of his ship, probably on a magnanimous (or drunk?) voyage off the Islay coast. That is what this whisky feels like to drink. The nose has a ton of sea salt air to it. It has some smoke, and after a few drinks, the caramel really shows up. But the sea air never leaves- it really makes one picture a bonfire by the ocean, with perhaps some caramels (how does one tie caramels in with that imagery?) It is delicious, with just the right amount of strength. Sweet and smoky. The finish is super long, and very peppery. Water drops really didn't do anything. As a fan of super-strength Islay, it didn't hit my "true-love" button, but I fell in love with it all the same.

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PeatyZealot commented

Glad they upped this one to 46% without the chillfiltration, I only had the older 40% version, but I liked that as well so this one deserves another run.

8 years ago 0

Bigtuna commented

I've got this one waiting for me in my cabinet. I can't wait to try it out. I need to hurry up and finish off some of the others hiding out in there.

8 years ago 0

DaveM commented

I pulled this bottle out over the past weekend. Your are right about the peppery taste. Water couldn't seem to tame it.

8 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

Last time I tried this one at a pub it tasted of diesel (the way diesel smells, not tastes, of course). Maybe I am remembering the wrong order and it was another distiller? I though it was the Bunna 12 that tasted that way. . . has anyone else out there tasted or smelled a diesel type expression in this one?

8 years ago 0

squidboy007 commented

Thanks for the comments everyone. Not sure about that diesel smell- for me that was a port charlotte (soon to be reviewed- I went a ordered a bunch of single malts last night at a Chicago place, The Duke of Perth!

8 years ago 0

Bigtuna commented

I just opened my bottle last night and your review is spot on. However, I would probably rate it 92, maybe higher. I will do a full review later. It was not too sweet to me as some have mentioned and no diesel smell in my bottle. I must say I love it. It reminds me of Oban but with more depth.

8 years ago 0

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