Product Type: Bunnahabhain Distillery Vodka
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Not As Peaty As It Should Be
Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old Whisky
Member Name: CallMeRalph
Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old Whisky
Advantages: Nice Flavour, Easy Drinking
Disadvantages: Lacking The Peat An Islay Whisky Should Have
As you may be aware from reading my other reviews on whisky, I am a big fan of peaty smokey whiskies. More to the point, I am a fan of Islay whisky which is where you tend to find peaty and smokey whiskies. So a few years ago when I was in the supermarket taking a look to see if there were any nice drinks on offer, I spotted this one Bunnahabhain 12 year old single malt whisky. I noticed it was an Islay whisky and it was one I had not tried before, plus it was on offer and had £6 off so I thought I would give it a try.
So what is Bunnahabhain like, well to be honest, it disappointed me. Usually with the Islay whiskies you get that strong peaty smell as soon as you uncork the bottle. That was not the case with this one. I poured myself a small dram and swished it around in the glass. The colour of this one is quite light although not as light as say an Ardbeg. I took another whiff and was a little concerned by the lack of peat, instead I got quite a sweet smell, not something I am overly keen on.
So how about the taste of Bunnahabhain? Well as you may have guessed it was decidedly unpeaty. Quite a smooth whisky but not the typical Islay that I was expecting and hoping for. The whisky is quite sweet and has hints of spice in there are a tiny note of peat, but nothing to get excited about. I think I'm right in saying this whisky is made in sherry casks hence the sweet taste and this is something I am not overly fond of. There were also subtle hints of salt in there which reminded me of the shoreline. The finish to this one is very mellow but not as long as it should be, you kind of feel like something is missing when you take a drink.
Bunnahabhain now comes in at 46.3% so it's quite a strong whisky, but it doesn't taste that strong when you are drinking it. It just feels a little wishy washy somehow. When it comes to price you are usually looking at around £28 although as I said at the start this is one that is sometimes on offer and I bought it for around £22 a while back.
Overall then this is not a whisky I was overly impressed with. Despite that though it's all down to personal taste and I imagine quite a few people do like this one. If you are a new whisky drinker then this is quite a mellow one that is easy drinking. If you buy it though expecting it to be a peat monster and have that familiar smokey taste then I think you will be disappointed. If you want a nice Islay, then my advice is to look elsewhere.
Summary: A Good Whisky But Not A True Islay
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