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Scotch Review: Bunnahabhain 12 year

Bunnahabhain 12 year 
Distiller: Bunnahabhain
Spirit: Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Price: $50.00
ABV: 46.3%

Sherry, vanilla, buttery, creamy, light peat, candy or sugary icing, fruit, salt in the background

Sherry, toffee, vanilla, salt, spices (nutmeg and cinnamon), fruit

The finish is incredibly quick and smooth which gives this scotch a fresh and light feeling to it. I am getting some slightly nutty or toasty flavors, but that’s about it.

I didn’t make a cocktail with this.

Decent design. I like the image of the sailor returning home more than anything else, and I wish they adopted more maritime influences to their design. Overall, it’s an average bottle. It won’t stand out on the bar.

Bunnahabhain rests comfortably in the 50 dollar range, which needs to be taken into account when thinking about it’s value. Is it better than some 60 or 70 dollar bottles I’ve had? Yes. Are any other 50 dollar bottles better? Not in my experience. That isn’t to say that your classic Macallan or Glenmorangie aren’t great spirits; I am only saying that this bottle should be right next to those bottles on everyone’s $50 scotch list. What this scotch lacks in complexity, it makes up for in flavor. Simply put, this scotch is very tasty, but it isn’t something to analyze too heavily. It’s character reminds me of Suntory Hibiki 12 in that its simply a whisky to be simply enjoyed. Will it blow your socks off? Probably not. But if you are looking for a 50 dollar bottle, and you like the idea of a less intense Islay malt, then definitely give this one a look.

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  1. December 29, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    It took me awhile to appreciate single malts without the sherry barrel influence but now that I have Bunnahabain is one of my favorites. I do agree with you that this scotch is priced right around $50 rather than $70.

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