Price Point: $45 – $55 for 750 ML
Islay Scotches have a heck of a lot to offer. Pick up a bottle of Ardbeg 10 Year Old, and you’ll get a mouthful of smoke. Try out a dram of Laphroaig 10 Year Old, and creamy peat is in your future. Discovering Bruichladdich Rocks will make you wonder if you know anything about Islay at all!
Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old is another of Islay’s intriguing whiskies. It shares some the isle’s patented characteristics, and has some of its own unique traits. Leave it to Islay to keep me guessing.
The nose is very similar, in my opinion, to Bruichladdich Rocks in that it has the trademark maritime Islay scent with a distinguishable aroma of bread (yeast). It’s lacking the peat and smoke, however.
In the mouth, Bunnahabhain is bold and heavy at 46.3%. It’s briny and salty, with a trace of sweetness – a true Islay at heart. There’s actually a solid sherry influence, too which is sort of surprising.
Nice length on the finish. It’s salty, almost requiring a glass of water to wash it down.
Rating & Recommendations
Bunnahabhain is a different breed of Scotch, earning an 84 out of 100.
It’s very nice, but doesn’t stand out enough to warrant a higher rating. Perhaps the more mature expressions have more to offer.