Winding its way through gently rolling hills, marked with traditional dry stone walls, the drive to Bunnahabhain (Bu-na-ha-venn) offers spectacular views across the sound of Islay to Jura. Bunnahabhain Distillery finally reveals itself in a spectacular setting on the curve of a remote bay on the North East coast of Islay. The tiny village at the entrance to the distillery was built in the 1880’s to house workers for the distillery and today is still home to both fisherman and distillery workers in this isolated location. Founded in 1881 by William Robertson who worked for the Glasgow blending company Robertson & Baxter, the distillery was built in cooperation with the local Islay Distillers Company and was completed in 1883.
Taking its name from the Gaelic word meaning “mouth of the river”, the distillery uses the water from the Margadale Spring which filters through the limestone hills and finally runs into the sea close to the distillery. The water is piped from the spring waters to the stills retaining a crisp clean purity, with very little of the peaty flavours found in other Islay whiskies, thus appealing to milder palates.
In keeping with the slow natural rhythm of this beautiful coastal location the whisky gradually matures in Oak casks, until it is ready to be bottled as unique Bunnahabhain whisky.
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50 ml, 46.3 % abv, Scotland (Highland)Official distillery bottling, 50 ml mini bottle with distillery label.
700 ml, 46.3% abv, Scotland (Islay)First launched in 1979, Bunnahabhain 12 year old has endured almost 40 years, a combination of ex-sherry, ex-bourbon and whisky re-fill casks are chosen to achieve the perfect balance of the characteristic nutty and sherry flavours of Bunnahabhain. "The nose offers a fresh and aromatic experience with a subtle whiff of smoke floating through the air. The taste starts with a light fruit and nut appeal that leads to a spectacular malty sweetness, finishing into a beautifully rich full-bodied, lingering experience"
700 ml, 46.3% abv, Scotland (Islay)
Stiùireadair (pronounced ‘stew-rahdur’) is the latest member of the Bunnahabhain crew. With a brackish, coastal tinge, this sherried malt will transport you to Bunnahabhain bay, with a smattering of sea spray and dried fruit lingering on your lips.
Meaning Helmsman in Scots Gaelic, Stiùireadair, is the first Bunnahabhain Limited Edition to pay homage to the Bunnahabhain Helmsman, who adorns every bottle.
Selected first and second fill sherry casks with spirit of varying ages and warehouse locations to construct a dram that truly exposes the coastal nature of the Bunnahabhain single malt whisky, whilst not losing the sherry influence everyone knows and loves in the famous 12 year old. Non-chillfiltered, natural colour.
700 ml, 46.3% abv, Scotland (Islay)Ceobanach (pronounced ' kyaw-bin-ach), which means ' smoky mist' in Scots Gaelic, reflects the origins of Bunnahabhain, both the place and the single malt's charming, complex character. Aged for 10 years, although officially it doesn’t have an age statement. Ceobanach is lemon gold in colour with an unusually rich, complex character marrying ex bourbon cask sweetness with intense Islay malt peatiness and aubtle hints of the sea. As with all Bunnahabhain expressions, Ceobanach is un-chillfiltered meaning that nothing is added or taken away, leaving the whisky exactly as nature intended. Small batch production with limited release.
700 ml, 46% abv, Scotland (Islay)Toiteach (pronounced Toch Chach) means 'smoky' in Scots Gaelic, and is made with heavily peated barley. The distillery is usually known to produce the lightest of all the Islay single malt whiskies with extremely low levels of peat influence, compared to most of the other distilleries on the island. What if a touch of smoke from peated malted barley was introduced in the distillation process to the Bunnahabhain single malt and some sherry influence on this as well? This 'limited edition' bottling offers the connoisseur an opportunity to try something truly unique and beguiling in nature. This malt has been masterfully distilled and matured at the distillery, with an average age of ten to eleven years, never leaving Islay during the process.
1000 ml, 50% abv, Scotland (Islay)A peated expression from Bunnahabhain, Cruach Mhóna is the name for a pile of drying peat bricks. "The nose is crisp and lively, with sweet peaty aromas, hay and herbal, burning grass with dry smoke and light creosol. The taste is quite light, malty sweet and smoky with peaty seaweed and sea salt. The finish is dry and smoky with spice and seaweed"
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1000 ml, 46.3% abv, Scotland (Islay)Eirigh Na Greine (pronounced Ae-ree ne gray-nyuh and meaning ‘Morning Sky’ in Gaelic) is an alluringly complex small-batch single malt Scotch whisky containing a significant proportion of high-quality ex-red wine cask-matured Bunnahabhain whiskies of various ages. Only a limited number of cases are produced every year. "Bunnahabhain's signature taste, which includes roasted nuts and fruits with hints of sea salt and smoke, is further enhanced by sweet, rich and spicy aromas imparted by the Italian and French red wine influence" Natural colour and unchill-filtered at 46.3%
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700 ml, 59% abv, Scotland (Islay)A spicy Islay malt, first fill sherry hogsheads. Distilled 31/03/2009, bottled 14/06/2017.
700 ml, 50.9% abv, Scotland (Islay)A 35 year old single malt from Bunnahabhain distillery, bottled as part of the Duncan Taylor Single Cask range. It was distilled by Bunnahabhain in May 1979 and bottled in May 2014 with just 106 bottles produced. Matured in ex-Sherry Oak casks. Beautifully presented in a handsome leather and hardwood case, as rich and luxurious as the whisky it contains. (Generic photo shown)
700 ml, 46.3% abv, Scotland (Islay)Bunnahabhain Moine is a limited edition, single batch, malt scotch whisky distilled, matured, and bottled at Bunnahabhain, crafted by Master Distiller Ian MacMillan. (Bunnahabhain did release a whisky with the exact same name in the past, but it was a limited edition Olorosso cask release. This one is a whole different thing, just with a similar name) It is a NAS peated, un-chill filtered with no added color and released at 46.3% abv. "Extremely smoky taste with a character of, pear, lion honey, straw, oyster bowl, vanilla, tar, grapefruit and salmiak (salty liquorice)"
"refreshing with peat, smoke, iodine and diesel...Earthy tones with smoke, peat, iodine and sea air...Finish long and smoky with tar and iodine"
700 ml, 46.3% abv, Scotland (Islay)Here is the 18 year old expression, non-chill-filtered, and bottled at a perfectly suited 46.3% abv. The nose is smoke and sherry. Bunnahabhain 18 year old was awarded the Jim Murray Whisky Bible 'LIQUID GOLD' status in 2011.
700 ml, 49.1% abv, Scotland (Speyside)
Distilled at Bunnahabhain in 1989 and aged for 22 years in a single cask (number 5663) before bottling in 2012. A release of 252 individually numbered bottles from Duncan Taylor's Dimensions range. *A magnificent bottling, nearly sold out.