An Islay whisky, but without the strong peat of most others. The un-chillfiltered Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old is the entry level offering from the Bunnahabhain distillery, bottled at a higher than normal (for entry level whiskies) 46.3%. Matured in a mixture of Ex Bourbon and Ex Sherry Casks, the 12 year old has a lot going on for its modest price point!
On the Nose
Oak char with grilled pineapple dominate. Seaside notes, reminiscent with being on a sandy beach linger in the background. Not overly, but a subtle salt smell comes through once your nose has become accustomed to the aromas.
On the palate
An oily finish, with a really interesting taste of fresh peach and baking spice. I don't know if peach pie is a thing, but if it isn't, it should be!
Adding some drops of water really affected the spice, turning them into quite a sharp note. I actually enjoyed this with and without water, but I'd probably just drink this neat again as the water wasn't adding much for me.
A great Bunnahabhain for the price. In my opinion, this is a nicer dram than some others from them, such as their Stiùireadair bottling (which, by the way, isn'd bad either!).
Would I buy again?
I would. A solid addition to a whisky collection. It won't blow my socks off, and I don't think I'm desperate to run to the shops today to get a bottle, but if I happen to see it on offer, I'll pick a bottle up again for sure.
Want to try it for yourself?
Why not try Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old for yourself? You can pick up a bottle HERE.