Bunnahabhain: the most intimidating name on a Scotch label to pronounce. It’s not that hard once you get the hang of it. /bun-a-hav-in/
The 12 (or XII) is an un-peated Islay expression aged in Bourbon and Oloroso sherry barrels.
The charred Oloroso barrel is the first thing wafting up as this golden-brown liquid fills the glass. It promises brown sugar and honey.
Its almost placid nose belies the briny depths awaiting you. Nutty nutmeg and dusty oak slip over the crest before plunging down the wave into tangy sherry troughs. Citrus orange churns in the wake while vanilla foam flecks the deck. The next rise lifts up for a moment of all spice before plunging back into the deep brine and sugared honey.
Maritime earthiness and crisp heaviness make this an interesting, evolving dram of complex simplicity. Absent the region’s trademark peat and smoke (this leans toward char), Bunnahabain XII relies more on its barrels, to great effect.
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