Bunnahabhain 18 and 12 (Re-review)

Music: Anne Akiko Meyers – Bach – Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, BWV 1041, No. 2 in E major, BWV 1042.

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Bunnahabhain 12 (Re-review)

Region: Islay

ABV: 46.3%

E150: No

Chill-filtered: No

Container: Spiegelau Perfect Tasting Glass

Colour: Gold

Nose: Soy milk, honey, stewed apples, chocolate, brine, sweet pastry flakes.

Palate: Malt, oak, hints of red fruits, raisins, plum, salt, hints of earthiness, hints of nuttiness.

Finish: Medium finish, oak, salt, nuts.

Score: 83/100

Been 5 months since I reviewed the Bunnahabhain 12, decides to pour myself a dram to compare them side by side, either the whisky has oxidized, or my palate changed. I don’t seem to get the same wow factor as I did 5 months ago, and it developed a bit of that soy milk aroma, the rest is more or less the same. My scoring got more strict, went from 90 > 86 > now 83/100. Still very good.


Bunnahabhain 18

Region: Islay

ABV: 46.3%

E150: No

Chill-filtered: No

Container: Spiegelau Perfect Tasting Glass

Colour: Gold-Amber

Nose: Raisins, chocolate, nuts, leather, plum, blueberries, toffee, caramel, dried fruit, hint of brine.

Palate: Chocolate, pepper, malt, salt, nutmeg, oak, brown sugar, plums and raisins.

Finish: Medium-long finish, oak followed by sea spray, dark chocolate, pepper tingling in the end.

Score: 86/100

My hopes were high with this dram, this carries more or less the same notes as the 12, but more concentrated. Love the waves of matured sweet notes, without being overly oaky, sampled the 25 and I find that a bit too much oak influence. Looking forward to opening my own bottle in the future!

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