46,3% ABV version.
Today we have another Islay of Islay representative – Bunnahabhain 12 years old.
The distillery was founded in 1881 and is situated on the NE end of the island, even higher than the Caol Ila. It is owned by Burn Steward Distillers (just like Deanston in The Highlands and Tobermory in Islay of Mull). Bunnahabhain Distillery stands out from its region especially that none of its releases is a “peatmonster” (unlike eg Laphroaig, Lagavulin or Ardbeg).
Bunnahabhain 12 years old is not chill filtered, has a natural colour and was bottled at 46,3% ABV – presentation as I like.
C: full, dark amber,
N: nuts, maybe also raisins, dark chocolate, ripe fruits – plums, apricots, prunes, dried fruits, fresh, all is slightly smoky,
T: starts very sweet, further fruity with plums, also in chocolate, dried apricots, nuts, there is something like orange juice, then expanding spiciness in the whole mouth, there are also traces of peat, which become more pronounced after adding a drop of water,
F: long with prunes in chocolate and hints of oak.
Bunnahabhain 12 years old is a very nice whisky with a complex, balanced aroma and flavor. Without a doubt inside there is also a distillate matured in sherry casks.
There are also versions bottled with 40% ABV on the market, you should pay attention to it and without hesitation opt for a 46.3% ABV, which ensures more interesting tasting experience.