Bunnahabhain distillery is a good divergent from the region of Islay, because their whiskies are usually lightly peated. Like this entry level Bunnahabhain 12 year old, which nowadays comes in a redesigned bottle and at higher strength. It is also declared to be un-chill filtered and natural coloured.
Bunnahabhain has the tallest stills of the distilleries on Islay, which partly explains the light, fruity and nutty characters they produce. Only 20% of the whisky produced at the distillery is being used for their own single malt whiskies, while 80% goes for blends. The Bunnahabhain 12YO is matured in a combination of Ex-Bourbon and Ex-Sherry casks.
Well, what can I say about Bunnahabhain 12 year old single malt whisky? Nothing bad for sure. This is a steady whisky, well in balance. Like tasting a dram from Speyside, except having the air feel of the Islay region in the nose. Smooth and balanced in every step, with some complexity as well.
Bunnahabhain 12YO is as steady as an old school Hollywood actor. Will Kane (played by Gary Cooper) from the movie High Noon comes to mind. Like Marshall Kane calmly stepping around his own town, this Bunnahabhain is also giving you the feel that everything is going to be all right.
Tasting video by Burn Stewart:
Ralfy surely loves the updated version of Bunnahabhain 12YO, “a quiet classic Islay Single Malt just go classier with 46.3% vol, No-Chill filtration & Natural Colour too. Ralfy approves with 91/100”