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Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old

Hazeluts, coffee and porter

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tReview by @thewhiskydoctor

7th Sep 2014


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­This whisky seems to have some mixed reviews on Connosr, so it was with some trepidation that I forked out my cash for a bottle. However, this is the new version from Burn Stewart, who have made all their whiskies 46.3% unchillfiltered, which sounds like a good thing to me.

Nose – Firstly some sugared almonds and sherry character, icing sugar, caramel and sweet baked pear, sultanas and cinnamon. Develops into leather with a touch of salt. With water it becomes dusty, roasted flavours, a slight gravy note, porter and coffee liqueur.

­Palate – Sweet, soft arrival with baked pear, cinnamon, brown sugar caramel, sultanas and raisins. Quickly develops into a pronounced nuttiness, roasted hazelnuts, praline, milk chocolate and Irish coffee, and a hint of burnt toffee, with intensity at the back of the tongue. Then some peppery spice at the back of the mouth and some salt. ­ Finish – Nutty, walnuts, hazelnuts, some marzipan, and toasted oak and cinnamon, black coffee, dark chocolate, stout and a hint of biscuit notes. Later, a touch of cloves. Medium long and slightly sweet and bitter. ­ The nose starts off slightly lacking intensity, but open up with water, albeit with some unusual flavours. Then the palate and the finish are absolutely delicious with those wonderful nutty, coffee and chocolate notes throughout. Reminds me a little bit of stout or porter. I can understand if some people didn't like the flavour profile of this one, but for me it's excellent, certainly a favourite.

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vrudy6 commented

Those unusual flavors that you mentioned, I get those too when I drink this fine malt. I describe it as "industrial," or "motor oil,". Some folks use the term "tar." Of course, no one in the right mind would dare to taste such things, but that's what it remind me of. Is that the unusual flavor that u mentioned? Great review @thewhiskydictor!!

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thewhiskydoctor commented

Thanks @vrudy6, I could certainly go along with 'industrial' for those roasted slightly burnt flavours. For me tar is flavour note I associate more with peated whiskies, which I don't particularly find here. Some other people have mentioned it could be the old sulphur, which is not what I personally taste, but then I could be one of those people that can't really taste it?

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