Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
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Made on Islay as a predominantly unpeated spirit,Bunnahabhainhas established a rabid following in some sectors of the whisky community. One of the key differences (at least by the distilleries reckoning) is the fresh spring water source they use which has no peat content.
Their12year old bottling, having been originally launched in 1979 (happy 40th!) means that older versions are still floating around but we're talking about (and drinking too much of) the most recent iteration bottled at 46.3%. The12year old is double matured in ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks for a minimum combined total of12years (as the name suggests), is non chill filtered and has no colouring added.
Nose: Salted caramel drizzled over fresh, tart red apples. Dried fruits (as mix of dark and light). Very enticing (made me drool slighty) Palate: Have yet to come across a whisky drinker who doesn't like this dram (but a lot who won't shut up about it). Super delicate smoke and salt, wood, creamy vanilla fudge and lightly caramel coated popcorn, entwined around dried fruit notes. A subtle hint of sulfur (although it might not be so sublte for others as I am partly sulfur blind).