Malt of the Month – Bunnahabhain 12 year old

Our Master of Malt, George, stays on Islay for the second month in a row and samples his personal favourite Malt – Bunnahabhain.

This is the whisky that got me started on my journey of discovery within the  industry. It has changed slightly over the years as it’s now un-chill filtered and bottled at 46.3% ABV, which I think makes it even more enjoyable.

A Simple Beginning

Since 1881, Bunnahabhain’s unpretentious malt has started with good quality malted barley, clean pure Margadale spring water and a little yeast. All good whisky starts in the same way, but the distinction is in the detail. The fine malted barley is not heavily peated which adds to its gentle nature. The clear natural spring water source has been running clear for over 100 years and the sea facing warehouses provide the perfect spot for the maturation process.

Bunnahabhain Destillery (Photo: Wikipedia)
Bunnahabhain Destillery (Photo: Wikipedia)

The Casks

Each oak cask is individually inspected and any found to be imperfect are discarded and dismantled.


Bunnahabhin hibernates for twelve long years before being transferred to bottles. The colour, nose, flavour and consistency will be made up from several different casks, the marriage of the different characteristics being the responsibility of  Master Distiller, Ian MacMillan.

12 Year Old

Presented in a quality black gift carton with it’s own booklet, the distinctive bottle is smoked oak in colour with dual labelling – the perfect gift.

Tasting Notes

Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old (Photo: Bunnahabhain)
Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old (Photo: Bunnahabhain)

NOSE: Offers a fresh and aromatic experience with a subtle whiff of smoke floating through the air.

PALATE: The taste starts with a light fruit and nut appeal that leads to a spectacular malty sweetness.

 FINISH: A beautifully rich full-bodied, lingering experience.

Next Whisky Tasting Evening

George Hutton, Master of Malt
George Hutton, Master of Malt

Join George at our regular Whisky Tasting Evenings at The Wild Boar.

Take a look at The Wild Boar Events page to find our more about the next whisky event.

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